Apologies if this has been covered previously. I was wondering if the venue of a contest effects the attendance of both bands and auidience ? I am involved with the Pogson Bray Trust Contest held every March/April time (my father is a trustee of the contest and during the day i help with stewarding etc). Until recently the contest was held in Huddersfield Town Hall and saw good attendences from both bands and spectators but due to the escalating costs of the Town Hall has had to switch venues and now has to settle for using school halls. The first year the contest moved (2004) attendance was still good but for the last couple of years numbers have fallen. Looking today there were between 6 & 9 bands in the top two sections in 2003 (the final contest at Huddersfield Town Hall) with a number of good bands competing for the top section award this year it's looking like there may be 5 or less. The only thing that has changed is the venue...so back to my original question does a venue effect attendence of bands ??? Look forward to hearing what you all have to say.