The Battle of the Bands is the musical arena where aspiring bands show their mettle. Most of the bands are rock and heavy metal artists, but it is not uncommon for musicians of other genres to end up in the final lineup. The format of the concert changes each year, and the featured genre and number of bands included vary widely from one event to the next. The Battle of the Bands tickets are sometimes sold as part of a larger music event where the actual duel between the bands is a small subset of the festival experience.
What Are We Fighting For?
Being included as a Battle of the Bands gladiator is never a given, and interested artists must first pass muster on several levels before gaining acceptance as contestants. The initial screening requires the band to submit at least one music demo, an official photo of all the band members, a biographical sketch and the band's logo. If these elements pass muster with the selection committee and the band is able to demonstrate its relevance to the music industry, the group may be invited to advance to the finals. Industry professionals review the top 100 entrants, from which the final lineup will be selected. The Battle of the Bands now ensues with each finalist performing before a live audience and a panel of judges. Only one band emerges victorious to claim prizes that can include cash, new equipment, studio time or a spot as a backup band to a famous artist. Given that the Battle of the Bands could launch the career of a struggling group of artists, is it any wonder that so many bands vie for inclusion?
Where can I buy Battle of the Bands tickets?
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Which musicians have performed in previous Battle of the Bands concerts?
Phish won the 1989 competition in their hometown of Burlington, Vermont. They used their prize, recording time at a local studio, to record their second album Lawn Boy. Other participants who gained popularity after competing in the Battle of the Bands include the Lemonheads and the Dresden Dolls. The Lemonheads were a 1988 participant, and the Dresden Dolls were the 2003 winner.
How does the Battle of the Bands work?
Since 1998, Battle of the Bands has been a product of Toronto-based Supernova Interactive. Bands that apply to perform at the Battle of the Bands do not receive financial support from the event and are expected to promote themselves by all possible means. The self-promotion methods include driving fans to its online profile and being active on social media, which produces a Buzz Rating. The event judges and industry experts take the Buzz Rating very seriously and consider it a reflection of the band's real-life popularity and potential impact on the music industry. Invitations to perform at the Battle of the Bands event are issued only to some of the top 100 bands with the highest Buzz Rating. This is the reason that the number of bands and the style of music varies each year. At the event, the judges choose the winner and sometimes audience ratings are also figured into the final score.
In which cities does the Battle of the Bands take place?
This year's Battle takes place in the cities of Woddstock (Georgia), Orlando (Florida), New Orleans (Louisiana) and Houston (Texas).
What can I expect from the Battle of the Bands concert?
This exciting concert presents some of the finest up-and-coming talent in the rock, heavy metal and alternative genres. The event is usually held in smaller arenas, such as high schools and universities, lending a more intimate quality to the concert. The smallness of the venue, however, never detracts from the excitement and the charged atmosphere that this concert inspires.
How long is the Battle of the Bands concert?
Concert length can vary somewhat and depends on the number of contestants chosen. The actual event does not usually last more than 2 ½ hours, but there will likely be time added for prize presentation and wrap-up. The nature of the event usually precludes the performance of encores that you typically see during other live performances.Back to Top