BARNSLEY is tuning up to host a new youth brass festival.

The town has a long and proud tradition of brass banding, from historic village bands to Grimethorpe Colliery, who were made world-famous by the film Brassed Off. This tradition continues into the younger generation; on Friday June 28 the Barnsley will welcome youth bands from across the country as they come together for Youth Fest .

Created and developed by Brass Bands England (BBE), Youth Fest is a non-competitive event that will celebrate participation in music and the sense of community that banding fosters. Free to enter, school ensembles, training groups and youth bands from across South Yorkshire are being invited to register quickly as places are limited.

BBE’s Chief Operating Officer Sarah Baumann commented: “As an organisation based in Barnsley, we’re delighted to be bringing the inaugural event to a venue in the heart of the town. Youth Fest is for players of all abilities, and at its core is all about motivating young people to continue their brass journey!”

Youth Fest is not the only musical event to take place in Barnsley this summer, but its place bookended by Barnsley Live and the Big Weekend makes it a special opportunity to showcase all that youth brass has to offer.

Bands can now register via the entry form on the BBE website . A Pre-Entry Information Pack is available to download.

Audience tickets will go on sale on Saturday June 1, via the BBE website. There will be half-day and full day tickets.