The organisers of a popular annual music festival have taken the decision to postpone this
Durham BRASS was due to take place across County Durham next month, with live
performances running from Wednesday, 14 July to Sunday, 18 July.
However, due to uncertainty regarding national announcements on Covid restrictions and
the publication of safety guidance on large scale events, Durham County Council has
decided to postpone the event until 2022.
The festival had been planned with Covid-safety measures in mind, with a largely outdoor
programme and social distancing arrangements. And, although it had been hoped that
national restrictions would have been further eased on 21 June, the council’s plans
complied with current rules, meaning it had been felt that the festival could still go ahead
despite the Government’s decision to delay Stage 4 of its roadmap out of lockdown.
The council has been monitoring sector guidance and local conditions closely and, with the
current lack of clarity around safety measures at large-scale events, it is no longer felt that
it would be possible to host the festival in a safe and enjoyable way on the planned dates.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and
partnerships, said: “Keeping people safe has to be our main priority during these
challenging times. It is clearly very disappointing that we have had to postpone BRASS but
with the ever-changing and unclear situation regarding the virus, national restrictions and
additional safety measures at large-scale events, sadly we feel that this is the safest and
most sensible decision for all involved.
“It is all the more upsetting that we had worked so hard to ensure the festival would be
able to go ahead even if Stage 4 of the roadmap was delayed but, sadly, we no longer feel
this is possible.
“We do appreciate that the situation may be very different by the time BRASS was due to
take place, but feel it is necessary to make a final decision now so that everyone involved
in the festival, from the audience to the bands, has sufficient notice.”
The festival was due to include performances by Richard Hawley and the NASUWT
Riverside Band, Field Music, The Trevor Horn Band, CBeebies Band Jam star YolanDa
Brown and a host of street bands.
The council will continue to monitor Government guidance and local circumstances as
planning continues for its other festivals and events.
Everyone who has a ticket for a BRASS event will be contacted over the course of the next