Having both played in and listened to bands playing with the aid of microphones I'm left wondering sometimes .... why? Take this weekend at Butlins for instance.... Friday night ... The stage was set with microphoness for the PolySteel concert. Saturday ... Same stage ... band contest .. no microphones. Saturday night ... Brass Band Aid All Star concert - microphones Sunday entertainment contest - no microphones. OK, I appreciate that at some of the bigger outdoor do's, it can be necessary to help carry the sound but do we really need them indoors?