Foden's Online Whit Friday

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 27 May 2021


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With consecutive cancellations in 2020 and 2021 of both the Saddleworth and Tameside Whit Friday competitions, it was revealed a number of the popular venues on both circuits may struggle to see a viable financial option to host and support their annual competitions from next year onwards.

Due to the success of our online alternative in 2020 which saw 90 bands from around the world performing to a global audience of over 30k, we decided once again to host an online competition. The response has been fantastic with 119 bands from 13 different Countries submitting videos ahead of our broadcast from 4pm this Friday and Saturday (28th and 29th May)

With the evident financial strains placed on the organising committees of both events, Foden’s decided to launch an initiative in which each entering band could choose to support the Saddleworth & Tameside Whit Friday organisations with a suggested minimum donation of £5 per entry (with the option to donate as much or as little as bands feel capable). Presently the initiative has raised £1800 to help preserve the future of the in-person Whit Friday contests for years to come. 100% of the money raised will go directly to the organisations, split equally between Saddleworth and Tameside.

There will also be a link to the funding page available to viewers throughout the night of the live-stream.

Each competing band will be placed in order with trophies being presented to the winning bands in each section courtesy of a number of sponsors, results will be announced following the final performance on Saturday.

We hope you will enjoy watching the contest which can be accessed via

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