I was just wondering what people actually thought about the behaviour and attitude of the contest audience ? There are a number of things that interest me about what they do. a) They sit there (majority without scores). b) listen to perhaps 60% of bands if that. Most listen to the big named bands and don't listen to those they think will win or come high up. c) They proceed at the end of the contest to discredit a band that has done really well and got into the prizes, and most would probably would not have listened to that band and so are in no position to judge. d) Is it possible for a member of the audience to work out who wins if they were all blindfolded like the adjudicators ? Here's some questions for the players :- a) I admit I get a rush from hearing people (hopefully) cheer at the end of a performance, but for you as a player how influential is the reaction of the audience to your impression of the audience ? b) How do players feel if they, for example, play at the Nationals just before or after a perceived "big named band" and they either see a load of big name "munchers" either entering after your performance or leaving the hall when you get on stage ?