I have noted that many of the parks around the country are recieving lottery grants to restore these public places to their former glory, and in many of these parks the centre peice is a lovingly restored or new bandstand. This should present playing opportunities for bands to present an outdoor concert, playing good music to an attentive public, rather than just playing anything at some fete, where no one is really interested, in addition the frustration of being stressed through bad time keeping and poor oganisation by your hosts.
Since most of the parks are council owned, there is budget for arts activities, and you know you will get paid a reasonable amount for playing, thus making it worthwhile. Generally to get these jobs, all it needs is a letter to the appropriate local council department.
We also do our annual concert, but does anyone know of any other avenues for good playing jobs other than the dreaded fete and carnival.