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Issue 6072

EUROPEAN CANCELLED - Major contest off for second successive year as COVID continues

SOUND OF CHRISTMAS - Bands in England given green light to resume as lockdown ends

Butlin's Mineworkers Festival cancelled

Thursday 19 November, 2020

The organiser of the Butlin’s Brass Band Festival has announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, due to have taken place at the Skegness Resort over the weekend of Friday, January 29-Monday, February 1, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Several measures were undertaken in an effort to ensure it could go ahead, including rescheduling the weekend of contests later in January. However, with different parts of the UK facing varying degrees of restrictions as cases of COVID-19 rise during the winter months, organisers were left with little option but to call off the 2021 event.

Making the announcement, festival director Steve Walker commented: “We are devastated to have to make this announcement, having tried everything in our power to allow the event to go ahead. 

“The highly detailed work that Butlin’s had carried out with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as well as with Brass Bands England (BBE), to make the weekend as safe as possible for everyone in attendance, had given us some hope that we would have also been able to provide an enjoyable and rewarding event. However, the increasing effects of lockdown have sadly made it impossible for the participating bands to prepare and for the Skegness resort to open at the time planned.”

Steve continued: “We’d like to thank everyone who had committed to attending the festival and assure them that we are investigating every possibility to stage the most enjoyable brass band weekend on the calendar as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.” 

Full refunds are available on accommodation through the Coronavirus Book With Confidence Guarantee by visiting All Bands and contest entrants will receive a full refund of their contest entry fee in the coming weeks. For any queries, please email

Steve added: “Details of the 2022 Butlin’s Brass Band Festival will hopefully be available very soon, but there is still a possibility that we could host an event in the spring of 2021, government advice, other practicalities for participants and public safety precautions allowing.”