Now I know that for a lot of the top contests, especially those that offer big prize money, it can improve the attendance at contests to have a band with a 'name' entering. I accept that. But is it fair to invite a band to a contest over and above other bands just because they are a 'famous name'? What am I talking about I hear you ask? Well............... I will not name names, as I don't believe in getting personal about bands but - A band that I know quite well, applied early in the year to attend the 2007 Butlins Mineworkers Championships. Unfortunately they were unable to attend the 2006 contest and because of this they were told that they would not be invited, the 'rules' this contest sticks to for inviting bands is "we only invite the bands that attended the year before and will only invite other bands if any of the invited bands decide not to accept their invitation". Now I don't necessarily agree with this 'rule' but fair do's, if that's the rule then that's the rule. So why then, have I just heard that another band, same section, same area, who has NEVER competed in this contest, has now received an invitation to attend. AND this band has no connection to Mineworkers? Could it be that they are a 'previous' 'top' band who still have a 'name'? Fairness or Politics - is this the way banding is now?????