So my band has done a nice job avoiding battle of the bands type shows for the last decade. We got roped into one recently. It started off as fans go to the rock radio stations website and vote. Which we were like what the heck we’ll give that a shot. Then instead of a winner being announced, they announced on the air they would have the top 5 bands play a battle of the bands that was free to get into and none of the bands got paid for. Not having a scheduled gig that week we said what the heck and played the show and lost. One of the bands was from a neighboring state and they said screw it and didn’t even show up to the battle. No one in our band thought we played very good that night and we all congratulated the winning band in person and or online. But our fans are pissed off. They are posting comments on social media about it being rigged and dogging the radio station out which none of our fans listen to because they mainly play classic rock and rarely anything modern. We had a nice crowd draw and also made a lot of new fans at the show, our merch table was busy all night and I hadn’t signed that many autographs in years. But our fans are pissed. We have the radio station DJ who was the main guy who set it all up sending us messages with screen shots of our fans comments saying it was rigged. Which really 3 out of our 4 band members called the winner as soon as we heard about the venue, judges etc. So now the radio station DJ pissed at us for what our fans have said. Tons of red flags that have been posted by fans about the band that won 1-drummer owns the club that hosted the battle 2- they didn’t play a cover (each band was required to play two originals and one cover) 3- one of the judges works with and is roommates with the bass player. conflict of interest 4- they left they're stuff onstage to play after the winner was announced as if they knew ahead of time they were going to win(no mention of this before night of the show) 5- Drummer and Singer of winning band buy adds weekly for the rock venue and the tattoo Shops they own from the radio station that set it all up and ran it. 6- Band was acting super cautious and weird through the show before announcement 7-radio station DJ hangs out with band almost every weekend at Different venues and he was singing along to there songs. 8 crowd reaction when winner was announced was clearly a “what?”moment, followed by a combination of cheering and booing. 9 was supposed to be a rock competition and the winner has been labeled country music by everyone posting on social media. Some of that stuff our band agrees are legitimate red flags but this is way too much drama for playing a free show. This is why we don’t do battles anymore. We’ve won half the ones we’ve been in. But when we don’t win our fans are very outspoken about it. They radio station says they are doing the same competition next year. Yeah we won’t be entering. It’s a damned if you do damned if you don’t scenario. People give us crap if we refuse to participate, people complain about our fans not being happy if we lose.