Brass in Concert Festival

Every third weekend in November, Sage Gateshead is alive with the sound of brass as it hosts the world-famous Brass in Concert Championship.


It is with regret that the organisers of the Brass in Concert Festival announce the cancellation of the 2020 event, due to have been held at Sage Gateshead on the weekend of 14-15 November. Ongoing uncertainty over the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequences for participants and audience members have unfortunately led the organising team with no choice but to put the event on hold until 2021.

Brass in Concert Chairman, David Bennett, commented: “Planning for the Brass in Concert Festival is a very complex operation for the organising team and Sage Gateshead staff, but for the bands taking part it requires considerably more focus over a long period than many other contests. We have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Festival with the best interests of these bands uppermost in our minds, but also recognising that attending any events could be very challenging for our loyal audience members in the coming months. Because of the Covid-19 crisis and the subsequent loss of regular income, finance is going to be critical for all bands and we hope that making the decision at this time will help some of them in planning their attendance at other major events currently scheduled for later this year.

David Bennett continued: “This is the first year that Brass in Concert will not have been held since the event began in Darlington in 1977, so it is a decision that has not been taken lightly. The organising team investigated every option in attempting to stage the event this year, but with so many elements needing to come together to create a successful event and the countless challenges currently being faced, we ultimately decided that it was in the best interests of all stakeholders to call this year’s Brass in Concert Festival off and focus on making next year’s as successful as possible.”

David Bennett concluded: “This is obviously an extremely difficult time for everyone. We send our best wishes to everyone in the world of brass bands and hope that we can welcome as many of our Brass in Concert ‘regulars’ as possible, as well as those new to the event, to Sage Gateshead on the weekend of 20-21 November 2021. We will be working tirelessly until then to ensure that the 2021 Brass in Concert Festival will be a bigger-and-better-than-ever celebration of the very best in brass entertainment.”

Tickets already purchased for the 2020 Brass in Concert Festival will be honoured at the 2021 event, or customers may have a refund if desired. Please contact the Sage Gateshead Box Office via their website for further details.


A top quality day of brass band presentation featuring many of the finest bands in the land including; world No. 1 ranked band in the world and defending champions Cory, 2018 runners up Carlton Main Frickley Colliery and Brighouse and Rastrick. Multi-media screens display the action as it happens with close up images of the players in the heat of determined competition.

Presented in his inimitable style by Frank Renton, this has become one of the key attractions of the calendar in the marvellous surroundings of one of the most iconic concert halls in the world.

The Brass in Concert Championship strives to provide a platform for the finest brass bands in the world to display and entertain, free of artistic restriction, their excellence as performers of high quality original and arranged brass band music, to be achieved through programmes and presentation reflecting the most current and progressive form of the genre and designed to appeal to both the general listener and aficionados of the discipline.

Our Youth and Education activities are designed to showcase all that is good in live music. Our programmes will deliver support and opportunity for young people to have the right to sample and learn a brass or percussion instrument regardless of background. Don’t miss an incredible weekend of brass entertainment at the Brass in Concert Championship!