In recent years, the welsh area contest has been an event to really look forward to. The welsh have two of the best bands in the world and some of the others below them are good bands too. The venue in the past, the Brangwyn Hall, an actual concert hall! It's a really nice venue certainly much better than our venue here in the south west. But what on earth were the organisers thinking this year?! For those on here who don't know, the contest took place in Venue Cymru a fairly new theatre in the welsh seaside town of Llandudno. Everything inside is more modern than the Brangwyn, not as dated. They have a main theatre and they also have conference rooms for conferences... Or in this case conference rooms for band contests! Imagine the disappointment for the bands who made the long journey from South Wales and also West Wales (Goodwick, Crwbin etc), who found that instead of competing in the main theatre, they would be competing in a large conference room. Just terrible really. Poor acoustic and generally an unsatisfying place to play after all the months of hard work on their test pieces. Also being a conference room, there was noise from surrounding areas and in the room itself. Adjoined to the room was a kitchen where there was much dish washing noise. At one point there was some sort of farmers party going on next door and the noise from this was audible inside the welsh area conference suite! I'm not sure as to why the actual theatre was never properly booked. Being a theatre, I can imagine the acoustic is probably somewhat dry inside, but it does see Welsh National Opera visit according the the brochures, so it must be good enough for a band to play in?! What an absolute joke it was this year, what on earth were the organisers thinking in booking that space?! Does anyone else on here agree with me, that it was a terrible venue? I do hope that this isn't going to be the new venue every year? What exactly is wrong with the Brangwyn? Parking can be awkward I suppose, but surely it should be the acoustic and size that is of most importance.. This also begs the question of, is it practical to hold the contest in North Wales? It seems to me that there is nowhere suitable in the north to hold a contest if this is the best venue up there. And what a long way for the South Wales bands to travel, all that way to play in a conference room. A real disappointment for both player and listener.