Brass extravaganza returns to Oldham town centre this Christmas

OLDHAM’S annual brass extravaganza Brass Monkeys is back – and this year there are some extra special guests to help provide the music. 

So why not take the chance to listen to some of the best brass bands around as you do your Christmas shopping on Saturday, December 2?

The town centre is set to come alive with the sound of brass music and Oldham Council is inviting you to come along and join in the festive fun.

Get into the seasonal spirit as popular songs and festive favourites are played at Parliament Square, Oldham Parish Church and High Street between 11am and 4pm.

This year there is a mixture of local and national bands playing.

Listen out for The Cory Band – they are the world’s number 1 ranked band and are the current National and European Champions.

Global Grooves Brass Band

These extra special guests are travelling up from South Wales to perform especially for the festival.

Then there are funky sounds from Back Chat Brass and Global Grooves Brass, together with a special collaboration from Bollywood Brass Band and the Middleton Youth Band – mixing styles and genres.

There will also be a strong local representation through Boarshurst Brass Band, Dobcross Brass Monkeys and Tame Valley Brass, plus performances from Oldham Music Service.

Children can also monkey around with fun arts and crafts from Oldham Play Action Group throughout the day.

Councillor Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “Brass Monkeys has proved to be a very popular event in previous years and it is making a welcome return this Christmas.

“Oldham has a very strong bond with brass music and the sounds of bands playing will help to get people in the Christmas spirit as they shop for presents.”

Shoppers can enjoy free parking for up to three hours at all Oldham Council town centre car parks at weekend. You must take a ticket from the machine and display it in your vehicle.

Information about all of Oldham’s Christmas events can be found online:


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