08 December 2014

A voting puzzle

Thanks to Ray O'Brien and Bluegrass in Ireland for sharing the news that the Westport Folk & Bluegrass Festival has been nominated in three categories in the Irish Festival Awards – Best Small Festival, Best Lineup, and the Family Festival Award. The Westport team are justly proud of this, and invite supporters to vote at this link.

The BIB, unfortunately, finds this difficult. First, in the 'Best Small Festival' category, the Westport Festival has been placed in competition with the Ulster American Folk Park's Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival - which, by the Irish Festival Awards' own criteria, belongs in the 'Best Medium Festival' category. Secondly, if you try to vote in the three categories suggested, the site reminds you that you haven't voted in the other four categories, and is apparently unwilling to let you go without doing so, whether you want to or not. So apparently you have to vote for something you may know and care nothing about.

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