Band of the Year 2021

IBB Media Ltd, the owner of the ' Band of the Year' contest, has announced that it plans to host its event on Saturday July 3rd at the Albert Halls in Bolton. The organisers recognise that this will still be Covid-19 dependent but should the Government tests for relaxation of current rules proceed as planned, with social distancing restrictions being fully relaxed on June 21st, they believe the event could take place with a capacity audience. In the event adverse Covid conditions do not allow the contest to go ahead on July 3rd, a reserve date of October 30th has been agreed with the venue.

Managing Director, Martin Gernon commented, “We are prepared for all eventualities for this year's contest and recognise the need for fluidity with both bands and audience. However, the banding community has been starved of live music and competition for 15 months now and there is a massive impetus to hold the event in July, with safety of players and audience forefront in our minds. The appetite for this event, both from a player and audience perspective, is huge, but the championship going ahead will also be really significant for the wider brass band world. This will kick-start live performance and competition and as such, we feel we have a duty to the banding world to put on an extraordinary event. This will be the first major competition for well over a year and the UK will be leading the way.”

It is understood that customers who have retained their tickets from last year's cancelled contest will have their ticket transferred automatically to the new date and in the same seats. Tickets for the remaining seats will go on sale in the next few days via Quay Tickets at: Should the event be required to be socially distanced, customers who cannot be accommodated will receive a full and immediate refund.


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