I see a lot of good names put out for this thread. I hope that Fanime will support local bands as well, at the very least for an opening act. It will give those local bands some good attention since Music Fest brings in so many people every year, and honestly I can't see how it would hurt.
Worse case scenario, the crowd can just look forward to the main act. Best case scenario, the crowd discovers good, new music, along with the main act. This just happened to me with the recent ONE OK ROCk live in SF. The opening band was really good and I'm glad ONE OK ROCK picked them. So please Fanime, hear me out and give the locals a chance!