Just read Iwan Fox's thoughts regarding the contests here http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2015/1496.asp#.VRiU_4m9LTo As always from 4br, some pretty confused and contradictory comments. Such as: Great to see bands challenged with more difficult music, but too many bands in the top section that presumably find it too difficult? Maybe we should just stick them all in the "ignored and almost forgotten second section"? A pyramid structure for the sections, yes that would certainly maintain the status of bands that cheat at contests but still prevail year in year out. Equalish sections work for football, why should it be different for brass bands? Contest organisers should arrange for the events to be held over separate weekends and I quote "for the benefit of all concerned". By which, read "for the benefit of 4 Bars Rest". To be fair there is no need, i should imagine 4BR have already finished the write up for the Yorkshire Areas, Grimethorpe were sublime, Dyke shone out blah blah blah with a Dyke, BR, Grimey, 123. Adjudicators- on this 4BR Iwan Fox excels himself, praising them for being "proactive and progressive" with a "streak of individuality" in one paragraph, yet calling them "professionally questionable" in another. Even worse, he goes on to say that they should be paid more! So what is it to be? Quite frankly, my cat could have walked across my keyboard and come up with a better review than 4BR.