After reading a post by the 'Baritone Impressario' I thought I would start this thread. Most of the 'Big Bands' ( not 'so called', because they are!) Get round and do plenty because they start very early and have someone planning the route that actually knows what they are doing. But here is a potential answer to the problem- Whit Friday is a great night out but gets too congested. In years gone by, bands, if I am not mistaken, had to do a church service in the morning as part of the festival before competing. This is obviously not possible now, so why not let all the bands start at the normal times, and then filter out all the bands from section 2 downwards, ie:leaving 1st and top. This would make it possible for the bands that are going for prize money to potentially win more and the lower section bands, have their fun and then get the invaluable experience of hearing the very best. Before anyone asks why not top only? It has been proved that 1st section are more than capable of beating top bands, just look at the overall results, Marsden and Holme Silver are notable examples, and if i'm not mistaken, BOTH bands play in the festival in the morning, which makes their achievements even more remarkable! Also, in reply to 'BI' to my knowledge the top bands get no favours, in fact i'm informed that when Leyland won 10 firsts, 2 seconds and a third prize a few years ago, they waited almost an hour before the last contest. Any thoughts anyone?