It is not at all necessary to be a PA engineer to criticise an outcome that is clearly and manifestly damaging. Do you need to be a banker to criticise their herd behaviour, knowing the outcomes?
Take the recent Tickled Pink ceilidh in Exeter. The first half was OK - sound level bearable if a little on the loud side, so it was perfectly within the abilities of the engineer and his equipment to produce a comfortable level. But in the second half we get ear-damage levels. WHY? Just because he and/or the band decided to do so. Quite simple never to have turned it up. There is such a thing as a master volume control although (of course) it's not as simple as just turning it down. You'd need to rebalance because of the non-linear response of the ear to different frequencies as the overall sound level changes.
Like I said, Sidmouth just seems to have a particular problem and maybe it's the obsession with attracting 'yoof' - it certainly has had the effect of decreasing the number of full price season tickets sold to dance oriented people.
But I didn't expect a rational debate on here!
If Joe Offer could confirm that none of my posts come from the same IP as those from the two other people that would be neat! But of course, it is possible to disguise the source by using proxy and masking servers - I even refer to these in my article on folk dance clubs!
In all the NOISE you might have forgotten the link - here it is again.
discussion of folk dance clubs, dance at Sidmouth etc.