Why would you back out due to "reasons"? Didn't you consider them reasons before taking part? Why would you ruin the chances of another band which could have made it?
And it's not at all ridiculous to be asked to pay for your own travel. It's a competition. If you don't wanna take part, sit at home. Or back out due to few reasons of your own.
Now I can't announce a global level competition and pay each band their fare to travel to my country from theirs. The terms were clear from the start.
Exactly. Perfectly put. I couldn't understand why quite a few bands backed out at the last minute. They knew well in advance what had to be done if they took part and by backing out at the last minute it was impossible for any other bands who were interested to take part.
Backing out is fine but to back out at the nth hour meant that no one else got a shot and in effect turned some of the preliminary gigs into a huge waste of time for everyone involved.