You keep coming back to the whole "pokey little gigs" thing which is pretty annoying and the fact you say "most of the events turn out to be disappointing" is also way off the mark. Having put on 100 odd "pokey little gigs" for up and coming touring bands and good local supports I can safely say that I would class none as a disappointment. As you said you dont get the chance to see local bands presumably you have no right to judge either. Yes some are not as well attended as I believe they should be and on odd occassions I might lose a bit of cash, but I'd far rather be doing this with bands I genuinely enjoy than trying to make money from what you are doing. The Aberdeen music scene is more likely to be improved by the likes of Interesting Music, Vocoustics, Phil (Idol-Wild) when he was doing shows here, and yeah Ill say it, myself with AGP, than someone putting on yet another tribute band and shit local support. Not a criticism as such, just fact. Every shithole town/city is full of tribute/cover bands that yeah will get a crowd sometimes, but do nothing for the actual music scene. Promoters who work hard to get interesting, new, innovative music to the city are the ones who are more likely to make a difference. I wasn't going to respond because I dont really care what you are doing with the BOTB thing. There are always these competitions going about, someone will always do them. The fact you keep belittling people like myself etc for doing smaller shows is a bit lame as is your whole idea of more people = better gig. I think it is safe to say you will not get any good local band to play this. Full stop.