I think there is a serious case for moving the finals around. The SAGE in gateshead or symphony hall birmingham would be just as good venues and a lot more accesible for the traditional heartlands of banding.
Think they tried that with Sections 1-4 for a nanosecond and ended up with it being anchored in Harrogate.
Whatever the outcome, people will moan about where they take place, and how they are presented, how much it costs to get there, the hall, the amenities and everything else.
So my question is
If you say to someone I'm playing at the Sage on Saturday, unless they are from Gateshead way or the North of England, or are in a band that plays at BiC, what do think their response will be?
If you say I am playing at the Symphony Hall Birmingham, you might garner a bit of intereset.
If you say i am playing at the RAH, they will probably ask you why, as it is well known to the non brass/orchestral listening public.
Anyway, there is absolutely no chance of me ever playing in the top section at the Albert Hall, so I am quite happy to take the 45 minute train journey, for £2 and pay my entrance fee, and catch up with numerous friends and acquaintances, which you could never do via a live stream, except for MSN Messenger or something similar, that you can do at anytime.