Having just spent a third day at the Midlands area, I would be interested in some other peoples points of view on the venue and its facilities. For the non-Midlanders among you, I have included some photos and explanations. I realise that it is a major expenditure to hire a venue for this type of event, but can we, as the paying public help achieve an improvement by paying a little more? Photo 1. The car park. Parking for approximately 20 cars outside the hall. There is some street parking locally, but with 20 odd bands, it can take quite a while to find a spot. Photo 2. The "catering" facilities. Yes, just one stand selling burgers, hot dogs, bacon rolls, mars bars, kit kats and chips, tea, coffee and a small selection of canned drinks. There is NO covered area to eat, NO chairs, NO tables. We're lucky to have had just had one light snow shower today! Photo 3. The "missing" trade stands area. A little disappointing for the fourth section today. This is the closed door to the room where the trade stands WOULD have been had they turned up for the fouth section! I’ve since learnt there were no trade stands for the second section either (thanks for that little bit of info Mr B.) Photo 4. Apart from what WOULD have been the trade stand room, this small corridor is the only inside space at the venue other than in the performance hall. There is no seating, at all outside the auditorium. Tickets* are on sale at the top of the corrider, meaning those that need to buy tickets are holding up those behind who have them. * Tickets must be bought for each day of the contest (run over a total of four days!) Photo 5. The two toilets! These two toilets are the only ones available during a performance. They are locked and you need to get a security guard to open them. There is another set of each, ladies and gents, which are inside the auditorium area and can only be got to between performances. I believe there may be one back stage somewhere, but not entirely sure. Now, I'm not an expert on the matter, but there MUST be a venue out there somewhere that could better serve the Midlands Regional Contest. If we had a bigger venue that cost more, but could accommodate two competitions, it would only have to used for half as much time. I'm sure with some sort of poll/questionnaire to the bands in the area we could come up with ideas on ticket costing, special offers for multiple attendance etc. Perhaps some members from other areas could tell us about their venues, ticket prices and value for money by filling out my little questionnaire. Which area do you attend? What is the spectators ticket price? How many sections does this ticket cover? How do you rate you facilities out of 10? How do you rate the value for money out of 10?