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Newstead Brass lead BrassFest UK in Nottinghamshire

Newstead Brass are proud to be part of BrassFest UK taking place this coming weekend 7th to 9th July 2017.

Newstead Brass lead BrassFest UK in Nottinghamshire


BrassFestUK is a weekend of Brass Bands being seen, heard and appreciated across the whole of the UK with FREE performances in venues such as the Local Bandstand, Village Green, Pub or Park.  125 brass bands are registered for the event, including an estimated 3000 players and a potential audience of around 10,000 people

Events - Picnic in the Park.

Newstead Brass will be playing for PICNIC IN THE PARK on SUNDAY JULY 9th between 12 noon and 3.00pm in the Millennium Garden of Nottingham University’s main campus.  As well as the band’s music there will be range of other be activities for all the family including face painting, rocket-making, pond dipping and a children’s nature quest trail.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic but acafé service will also be available. Please see https://nottingham.ac.uk/home/featureevents/2017/picnic-in-the-park.aspx for more details.

Spirit of Brass

A special piece of music Spirit of Brass has also been written for BrassFest UK 2017 and will be included in Newstead's programme.

Newstead’s performance will be the only BrassFest UK event in Nottinghamshire, but Nottinghamshire brass bands Blidworth, Carlton Training & Hucknall-Linby will be taking part in the BrassFest listed Shirebrook Open Entertainment Contest on Sunday 9th July, just over the border at Derbyshire’s Shirebrook Leisure Centre from 12 noon. 

A Newstead Band spokesperson said, “I’ve known BrassFest UK organiser Rob Tompkins through social media for a couple of years and I’m delighted Newstead Brass are able to take part in this initial BrassFest UK event.  The Millennium Garden at Nottingham University is a beautiful setting for a picnic and I hope many people will come along for what, weather permitting, should be a fantastic afternoon.  I’d also encourage people to support the many free afternoon brass band concerts that take part across the East Midlands through the summer months.  We’re lucky that so many parks still have bands playing in them regularly.”

Future Newstead Events

Other forthcoming Newstead Brass events include the International Byron Festival (Friday July 14th)  and the Ripley Music Festival (Saturday July 15th).  The Ripely Music Festival will once again feature the band’s live accompaniment to the firework finale. For more details see our events page.