Some good discussion on this thread. Having seen a fair bit of the Sound City stage performers at Rockness I'd say that quite a few acts who have showcased would not have looked out of place on it and I'll include Crooked Little Vein in that. Apart from the obvious (a bands sound, originality, even their following) I think their professionalism and probably experience would count too. Pretty poor show to have endless "banter" with less than 10% of the crowd who know who or what a band is commenting on when all people do is hear you play. Lose the ten minutes of bullshit speak and get another song in there. I'm quite looking forward to see who gets chosen in the end, there's a few local bands who can pull a crowd at any time so they're probably in with a shout but also acoustic types (Fox, Richards, etc) who will also hold their own on a festival stage. I cant help thinking that it'd be great if one of our local bands got to open the main stage though, how good would it be to see a crowd in front of the main stage (unlike Rockness) on both days from the word go. Stanley on a sunny afternoon to a large festie crowd? How good would that be? Or Tijuana, The Lorelei, Haho, and so on. Keep the local stage a decent distance any from the others so there is no clash of sound, make it clear to attendees who is on, and when (a board outside the tent that can be updated if things fall behind or whatever) and you'll be doing well.