Eastbourne Bandstand’s Christmas concerts will take a break this year due to the continuing pandemic.

The free concerts regularly attract more than 4,000 people into the Bandstand over three dates, in what are un-ticketed and unseated events.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, and in light of the emerging variant Omicron, the usual concerts will not take place this year on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, while it is impossible to restrict audience numbers to safe limits within the venue. 

A Christmas Day performance by Eastbourne Silver Band will however still go ahead on the Wish Tower Slopes, to keep the tradition alive, but enable audience distancing.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “The Bandstand has always been a star attraction at Christmas and as an un-ticketed event, it attracts huge numbers of celebratory crowds in the enclosure of the Bandstand, sometimes even generating the occasional Conga.

We have been monitoring the situation over recent weeks with growing concern, and following the emergence of the new variant and the latest guidance, we have come to the conclusion that we just do not feel it is safe to allow large crowds to gather within the Bandstand enclosure without a seating plan or ticketing system in place.  Neither of which are feasible due to the weather at this time of year.

I am delighted that we can still enjoy the traditional festive sounds of the Eastbourne Silver Band on Christmas Day, where there will be plenty of open space on the Wish Tower Slopes for people to distance comfortably.”

Eastbourne Silver Band will perform on Christmas Day at the Wish Tower Slopes in the open air from 10.30 to 11.30am.  On Boxing Day, The Pavilion will host live music outdoors with covid-safe performances on the patio and gardens from Highway 24, featuring festive music and country hits exclusively for visitors to the café from 11am to 1pm.

For more information visit www.EastbourneBandstand.co.uk