Play at Field Day

So many festivals run 'play our festival' competitions these days, supposedly aiming to discover new talent and give them a well deserved slot and a rung on the overcrowded ladder.

However, most involve public votes where the only bands even glanced at by the festival panel are those with 100 top friends on myspace and multiple IP addresses - perfect for increasing festival website traffic.

The folks at The Quietus, however, seem genuinely more altruistic. They're even honest about the nature of their judges: 'Bad Cop (Luke) and Even Worse Cop (John)'. Good on them.