Ok i decided to set this topic up to ask what happened at the euros this year. I attened Friday and All day Saturday and must admit it was a stunning event which i felt was excellently run by BFBB and congrats to all involved there. My question is why did people not support it? The friday evening was ok not by any means full but i think this is the best time for this contest. A few reasons are that to put all the top section in one day would be a disaster as i dont think there is one person who would sit through potentialy 28 bands in a row lets be honest and that is eight hours which should u start at 10 would leave u finishing at 6 which is a very long day of non-stop banding. I also think it would see the end of the B-section as nobody would go to it at all if it was on the friday night. I felt saturday as always was well attended with well over half the hall full for the big names and even some of the not so big names. However saturday nights gala was very badly attended. I think this was a disgrace. The concert contrary to what some might say was excellent. Ok the whistler was for me a gimmick and was a waste of ten minutes however Willebroek where in fine form and the EYBB where fantastic. Of course we all know had it been Black Dyke then perhaps it would have been full however when we go to Norway next year i can Gaurentee they will sell out the gala. I came over from Ireland for the contest and wouldnt miss it for the world but why do the British banding community show such arrogance and really a lack of respect for the continental bands. I thought it was fantastic to see Hans Gansch sit in for all bands that he could during the contest along with his fellow band members however was a cory or fodens player anywhere to be seen. Its time people began to smell the salt and look around because the Brits in my opinion have began to fall down the ladder and the continental bands of Willebroek and Stavanger are taking over. Now i know already people will say they are not willing to pay 20 pound for the gala however there was 40 pound all day friday and saturday ticket so i dont think that its good enough reason not to go. If i lived in england i would go to brass band concerts left right and centre be it a championships section band or a 4th section band i would go because i love banding but i think people have become blinded and lost vision of what this movement is about. Of course some bands are better than others that is the same in anything in life however we need to support each other. Bands across the world have the same problems regardless of weather ur Black Dyke or a 4th section band and i think its awful that people would snub the gala concert like they did this year. To end i would just like to say i know there are people out there who what i have said above does not apply too but unfortunately there are many who it does apply to and i think its high time people coped on!!