If you are not staying on camp at Butlins, they are charging players £12 each to get in to the camp. This is a rip-off we are performing for Butlins, each band will have paid to play at the contest so why charge players to attend. If you happen to be a local band to the camp would Butlins charge you £360 for your band to get on camp on the day of the contest ? I also play bass guitar in rock & blues bands and have played at Butlins as part of the R&B weekend they run. I have never paid to get in when taking part in this. This year is the first year I will be playing at this contest so I contacted Butlins re this cost. I was told this is correct and I would have to pay £12 to get on camp, I explained the above (R&B weekend having no charge). The answer was, Butlins book the bands for the R&B weekend who they pay to perform, but in a Brass Band you are a competitor therefore you have to pay. This seems crazy to me, aren't we all performing for Butlins. When I play in my R&B band I get paid with real money, but we get in free. With a brass band who are amateur (non paid) I have to pay not only for my band to enter the contest, but also to get into the camp. What do people think :-?