Band Competitions

band competitions

There’s plenty to keep the bands occupied with a variety of venues and promoters hosting Battle of the Bands and Band Companies both online and live.  

Red Stripe Music Awards

It’s that time of year again and your chance to share what you have got with the rest of us, as the Red Stripe Music Award hits the road for the biggest and best gig series yet.

Storming into its fourth year, Red Stripe is set to raise the stakes once again with even more live music venues, partners and music industry muscle on board for 2010.

Open to any manner of music, Red Stripe asks only that applicants are over 18 years of age and perform original tracks with the heart and soul they deserve. Gigs will take place around the country from January to April, so if you think your band could make the grade, have a set to behold and fancy playing at one of the best live music venues in your area for an opportunity to win spots at some of the UK’s best loved festivals next year or even if you’re in it just for the Fender kit and Merc gear, then sign up now
Red Stripe Music Award.

  • Breaking the Band

    An artist development contest for musicians and bands. Winners receive booking and tour support, press consultation, music distribution, radio play, festival opportunities and more.

    The contest run by WeAreListtening is open to all artists (bands or solo acts). All genres are accepted with exception to Instrumentals, Lyrics-Only and music containing profanity.

    Prizes for selected artists include 3 of the following (depending on their circumstances and desires – $15,000 value!:

    Television and Film Placement ($3000 value), College and Community Radio ($3000 value), Press Outlets ($3000 value), Booking and Tour Support ($3000), Showcase Opportunity ($3000 value)

    The submission fee is £20 (UK Pound Sterling)
  • My30Seconds

    Great Canadian Online Band Competition

    To enter you must upload a video of your band performing a track of no more than 5 minutes running time. File must be less than 100MB, suitable for family audience viewing and must not contain any copyrighted works other than your own (original material only). Top bands are selected based on entries with the most activity (votes). To make it through the elimination rounds you must promote your band (get friends/fans to vote for you). The most popular 30 entries will be chosen by a panel of music industry judges who will choose 5 bands to play to a live audience in Toronto. The votes will be tallied and 3 bands eliminated with the remaining two bands performing again. The winner will be chosen and announced live.

    Grand prize winner will receive $25,000, perform live at the finale show headlined by a major label act, opening spot on a 6 city national tour, major label distribution deal
  • Live & Unsigned

    Live & Unsigned has proudly grown from a regional competition for the South coast into a National Competition and is the largest talent contest outside TV’s X-Factor. 2007 was the competitions third year with a rapid growth that has seen over 10,000 applications enter the competition for 2007. Performers from all over the UK have the chance to compete and become the UK’s best Live and Unsigned acts.

    About Live and Unsigned

    The Live & Unsigned event is not only a competition to find talent, but it also gives bands, groups, Singer/songwriters and singers alike the opportunity to organise and perform as a live act in front of people established within the music industry. The big difference with this competition is that all the Contestants taking part are encouraged to be individual and original which potentially would involve performing their own genre, style, play their own instruments and perform their own song.

    The competition is also not a profit orientated project with all revenue being reinvested back into the competition and contestants. The designated charity for 2007 is Crimestoppers which the competition has worked in partnership with including a tour to over 20,000 youngsters around the South of England. This has taken place at the Crimestoppers SNAP (Say no and phone) events giving acts and youngsters alike the opportunity to get involved with something positive and purposeful.

    Auditions for the 2008 competition will start again in November 2007 with auditions planned in; Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London (North), London (South), Manchester, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield and Southampton.

    Live Stages “Regional Semi Finals and Finals”
    The successful competitors from each regional audition will be asked back to perform at the live stages in the Semi finals in front of an audience and judging panel. This can be a song of the contestant’s choice whether it be their own or a cover song.

    There are 16 regions planned across the UK which involves some 64 auditions and events, incorporating average attendances of 300-400 people at the semi final events and 600-700 people at the final events, which in turn represents event night performances to over 21,600 people for the Live stages.

    As the Live and Unsigned competition progresses and the competition gets tougher it’s creating many opportunities within the entertainments industry, which in turn is progressively populating the attendance of many artistically and musically professional judges.

    Grand National Final
    The competition is all geared towards its contestants making the showcase Grand National Finals which is the showpiece of the whole event, with guest celebrities performing live on stage this makes for a truly memorable occasion for everyone involved. The last two years this event has been held at Portsmouth Guildhall and sold out weeks in advance to a 2,000 capacity crowd.

    All contestants making the Grand final not only get the chance to perform in front of a capacity crowd and support the celebrity acts, they also get the opportunity to record their song in a recording studio and work alongside a highly experienced vocal coach and music production team. Attending The Grand final are many guests who are recognised within the music industry, they are all looking for different acts so this is a golden opportunity for all the artistes involved to present themselves.

    The winners
    The Live and Unsigned competition has winners in categories of best individual female, male and Best Live & Unsigned band 2007. With the overall adult winner of the competition receiving a management contract from Future Music incorporating an initial investment of £20,000 invested in them with a view to develop the contestant towards a career in music.

    All winners will have the opportunity to tour and perform at as many as 50 gigs across the South including some well known festivals, with the overall aim of getting them signed to a major record label.

    The Competition has also been commissioned by ITV for their new broadband channel and there will be a series broadcast from the early spring

    Regardless of the level that all the contestants achieve Live And Unsigned competition has been created to provide a professional platform of opportunity, for all ages so they can express themselves in a positive manner. Whether it be winning or just competing, contestants can gain an awful lot of experience from this competition which also gives them a platform to promote themselves and others around them.

    Also for more information go to the web page
  • South Coast Idol 2007
    South Coast Idol is part of Live and Unsigned UK and is the competition for groups and solo singers to perform. It is the biggest music talent contest outside TV’s X-Factor. However this isn’t for TV and for TV figures but to find talent and create the next pop super stars! South Coast Idol is a competition to not only find talent, but to give opportunities and exposure to groups and singers. It gives competitors the chance to perform live to large audiences and as the competition progresses the opportunity to develop and progress competitors. Also, as the competition progresses and the competition tougher it provides opportunities within the entertainments industry with many judges and guests in attendance professionals within music. The winner of the adult’s category will be offered a Management contract with a £20,000 advance. And it’s all being brought locally to you. Bands & solo singers required!

    South Coast Idol requires groups and solo singers to come forward and enter this exciting competition.

    Audition dates are as follows, all auditions are for both under 17 and over 17 age categories unless stated;

    Saturday 27th January 2007 Portsmouth
    Sunday 28th January 2007 Brighton
    Saturday 3rd February 2007 Camberley
    Sunday 4th February 2007 Bournemouth (Over 17’s only)
    Saturday 10th February 2007 Bath (Over 17’s only)
    Sunday 11th February 2007 High Wycombe (Over 17’s only)
    Saturday 17th February London
    Sunday 18th February 2007 Southampton (Over 17’s only)

    It is open to anyone from the UK although singers need to be aware that venues and studios as they progress are located in the South of England. All venues are within walking distance of the local train station of that City or Town.

    Registration takes place via the website with completion of a simple registration form. Once completed to then turn up at one of the audition dates indicated above.

    From the audition thirty of the most talented competitors will go through to one of two heat semi finals where they will perform in front of a live audience and judging panel. The judging panel will include local and national celebrities as well as Judges from the music industry and thereafter a regional final in the same City/town. The regional winners will then compete in the Grand Final at the end of April.

    The concept is interactive via the internet as well with the Regional finalists being included on the web page for members of the public to vote on there favourite artist. The Judges winner, audience winner and winner of the voting via the web page from the heats will then go on to perform at the climatic event, the Grand Final at Portsmouth Guildhall in April 2005.

    The winner, crowned South Coast Idol 2007 in front of over a 2000 crowd will be thrust in to the spotlight of local media and go on to record an album.

Young bands to battle it out at the Hertford Music Festival

The call has gone out to young musicians throughout East Herts to battle it out for the top slot in this year’s Hertford Music Festival Battle of the Young Bands contest.

Members of popular rock band Hanzo, who won last year’s Battle of the Young Bands, joined sponsors, judges and Hertford Music Festival representatives for the launch of the 2006 Battle of the Young Bands (BYB) at the Hertford Marquee to underline their support for the month-long musical extravaganza, which takes place throughout May.

Local musicians including Insomnia Music’s Matt and Rick Chambers, the latter of former celebrity band The Gaff, will be taking time out to be on the panel of judges for this year’s event together with Hertbeat fm DJ Russell Osborne, Jonathan Miller from sponsor DAWG Records, Hertford-based GigGear director Russell Dodd, Ellis Wayman from the Cream Room Studio, Steve Wilson, EHDC’s arts development manager, Chris Frost from Graphic Nature Studios and Adrian Foster from ’60s rock ‘n’ roll revival band Highly Strung.

The star prize for the winning band will be a day’s rehearsal time at the Graphic Nature rehearsal studio in Hertford followed by one day’s free recording time at the Cream Room Studios in Dane End, with DAWG Records providing a one-off production, development and promotion deal on their web-based record label. Also included in the prize will be the chance to headline at the celebrated Rock at the Castle event in Hertford on August 6, a chance to win a £250 GigGear voucher and automatic entry into the Hertford Music Festival’s Young Musicians Awards.

Runner-up prizes include ‘goodie bags’ containing around £100 worth of guitar strings, straps, amplifier leads and other musicians’ bric-a-brac from Hertford-based GigGear and half a day’s rehearsal time at Graphic Nature.

The dates for the BYB heats are May 2, 9, 16 and 23, with the Grand Final taking place on Tuesday, May 30. Bands wishing to enter must only post a demo recording on CD or tape, clearly marked BATTLE OF THE YOUNG BANDS, to Kev Saunders at: Hertford Marquee, Marquee Centre, Railway Street, Hertford, Herts SG14 1SH.

Entry is free and the competition is open to any non-professional bands that live, study or work in East Herts and whose members are mainly aged 14–18 years. All groups from the Battle of the Young Bands will automatically be entered into the Hertford Music Festival’s Overall Best Band Award and will compete against young classical and jazz bands.

The Hertford Music Festival has been one of the County Town’s premier cultural events since its inception in 1994. Henry Sargent MBE, who is still the Festival chairman today, said: “We are delighted with the support from all the sponsors for this year’s Battle of the Band prizes and with the help and funding support of Hertford Town Council, East Herts District Council and the Hertford Marquee Club, it looks as if it is going to be an even greater success”.

The Hertford Music Festival, which this year celebrates its 13th birthday, is once again sponsored by Universal Office Automation and programmes and tickets for many events will be available from the Tourist Information Centre in Market Place, Hertford, from venues and from other designated outlets.

Performers or sponsors wishing to take part in the Hertford Music Festival should contact Festival co-ordinator Kev Saunders on tel 07773 845679 or by e-mail:

Reality Entertainments Worldwide Digital Release Contest
formerly CMC International, the same company who brought you Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Marcy Playground and many more great artists is looking for the next big thing, the hottest unsigned group or artist who’s ready to be heard and seen by the world. Reality will roll out a full US campaign: press, radio, and the works in order to launch the career of one special group or artist. All artists must submit their best mixed and mastered songs that are ready for prime time. Deadline: Jul 31, 2005 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Discproportionate a regional competition for between one to three performer/songwriters aged between 18-25 run by three London based music production companies who provide 15 music tracks for the entrants to use. The best song/performances will be recorded for inclusion on a compilation album and receive promotion services. Writers retain all rights to their melody and lyrics, plus will be credited on the album and will be able to use the completed track for demo purposes.

Glastonbury Festival No festival this year but info for 2007 will be available at their website by autumn 2006. If you are a performer who would like the chance to play a Main Stage at Glastonbury Festival you need to get your entry in as soon as applications are open. The closing date is usually January but for details go to

Shure Contests – Regular annual contests are organised and sponsored by the people at Shure! Zap over to their site for information on the annual Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition and other competitions.

The Square based in Harlow is a well established venue for original bands who hold regular Battle of the Bands competitions.   Visit their site for the latest dates & info.

Unsigned Band Competition
Big Blast Promotions is a new UK Musician Competition site. The launch competition is a UK Unsigned Band Competition with fantastic prizes. Bands are judged on talent, songwriting, playing ability and originality. All ages and musical styles welcome. UK Mainland entries only. The 2004 results are now online! Details of future competitions (when available) will be posted on their website.