Brass Monkeys is back - with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band

Why not enjoy some of the best brass bands around as you do your Christmas shopping in Oldham town centre this Saturday (December 3)?

Oldham Council is inviting people to the latest event in our packed programme of festive fun - ‘Brass Monkeys’. And this year, we have some we have some very special guests.

You can get into the Christmas spirit with festive favourites and popular songs from eight bands playing across Parliament Square, Oldham Parish Church and the High Street.

This free event takes place between 11am and 4pm.

Listen out for England’s current number one band, and nine times winner of the National Champion Band of Great Britain, Brighouse and Rastrick – who will perform at 2pm in Parliament Square.

The legendary band has been at the forefront of the brass band movement since 1881 and is regarded by many as ‘the best and most consistent public subscription band’ in the world.

The band was formed through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick, which face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.

We also have performances from hip-hop inspired brass band, Band Pres Llareggub, an 8-piece ensemble direct from North Wales. The event will also feature Hyde Park Brass, Global Brass Grooves, The Oldham Band (Lees), Oldham Music Service Youth Brass Band, Friezland Brass Band and Dobcross Brass Monkeys.

As well as all that brass the town centre Chaplaincy will be carol singing outside the Spindles Town Square throughout the day. 

Don’t forget to shop at local small businesses on the day as Oldham Council is supporting Small Business Saturday. The day aims to support, inspire and promote small businesses and encourage people to ‘shop local’.

We have a wide range of local businesses and specialist traders in Oldham town centre and our Independent Quarter (

There is also a host of other free festive fun taking place including: children’s face painting and balloon modelling in Tommyfield market hall from 11am until 3pm. There’s no need to book, just drop-in and enjoy.

Councillor Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, said “This event is in its fourth year and has built up quite a following.  Anyone who loves the sound of brass is in for a treat”

“The sound of brass bands helps to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

“We’re encouraging everyone to shop local and it would be great if everyone makes an effort to visit at least one of Oldham’s independent traders over the period and support them.”

The fun continues on Sunday 4 December as children’s favourite TV characters, Bing and Flop, will be making appearances in Spindles Town Square Shopping centre 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

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 at

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