It's a real pity it's been cancelled. It's my opinion that the contest hasn't been the same since they moved it out of Aberdeen. I certainly used to like a trip to the Granite City but am less enamoured by the prospect of a trip to Arbroath or Forfar. The other problem I suppose is the proximity to the Scottish Championships in the Calendar. Bands always report a downturn in attendance after the Scottish, as if players feel entitled to a break after all their hard work. This is obviously a problem for those bands who would like to compete at the NCBBA contest as they have to work up a programme to contest standard in about 3 weeks or sometimes less.
I'm sure the proximity of the contest to the Scottish is amajor factor. Being a native Aberdonian, I have been very keen for Bathgate to take part in the Northern Counties contest for the last 3 years, but there has never been enough time or players after the Scottish to prepare anything up to a good standard - always ended up entering the West of Scotland or Carnegie Contests instead, which are a few weeks later.
It's a pity as I have always enjoyed this contest - one of the few opportunities for bands from the north of scotland to compete without a huge expense, so I always remember getting to hear bands you wouldn't usually hear! I do agree moving it out of Aberdeen is also a huge pity, but I assume funds are the main reason for that - the beach ballroom and Music Hall in Aberdeen for example are very expensive venues in comparison to the theatre in arbroath!
I could be mistaken about the reasons for the change of venue! I'm sure I recall being told by a member of the NCBBA that it was a funding issue, but I'm probably mistaken, as I was possibly not at my most sober at the time!
I would love to see the contest returned to Aberdeen - Beach Ballroom is a great venue and the music hall is even better! It doesn't seem like the most convenient contest time though.
So was the reason the contest was cancelled simply down to lack of entries ? I know the closing date was the end of the month, and we were going to enter the contest. How many bands are in the association who would have been there ?
i believe the contest moved out of Abedeen because the City Council Withdrew the subsidy that the contest enjoyed in the previous years ,We are only the Oil Capital of Europe , How the hell do you think we can afford such extravagance Its sad to see that the beach ballroom sits idle most of the time now , what a waste of a great venue
Is there no chance of it being moved to a date further from the Scottish.I think it is a pity to cancel what is a great event and as you say John a waste of a good venue.Surely bands can make the trip north once a year to support it as you all come down to ours
West of Scotland was cancelled last year because of lack of entires and the cost to run. It is on this year so hopefully there will be plenty of interest, if not, I hope it is not going to spell the end of these contests.