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Band gives silent performance

The band performed a pitch-perfect rendition of John Cage's completely silent composition, 4'33" (Credit: Lois Hatton)

Castletown brass issues dry response to music ban

Castletown Festival went ahead last night, in spite of a last-minute ban on noisy entertainment.

The organisers of the annual event were forced, for the first time in 61 years, to shut off all music after 6pm - after police told them they were in breach of licensing laws.

Entertainment planned for the evening was moved forward to the afternoon, but fireworks and a confetti parade went ahead as normal.

Footage of a tongue-in-cheek 'protest', which saw the Castletown Silver Band marching down the street without playing their instruments, has already amassed thousands of views online:

Footage with thanks to Lois Hatton.

Festival committee secretary Colin Leather says the sudden change of plans didn't stop the fun:

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