There’s a huge battle of the bands competition coming to Melbourne with over $10,000 in prizes

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There’s a huge battle of the bands competition coming to Melbourne with over $10,000 in prizes

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Bergy's Battle of the Bands is coming to one of Melbourne's best live music venues - The Bergy Bandroom - for a mammoth competition set to showcase the best of Melbourne's live music scene.

Strictly Live will be organising Bergy’s Battle of the Bands, a six-month-long (!) competition designed to celebrate local talent and provide emerging artists with a platform to shine. The prizes are huge, including over $9,000 in cash and heaps of recording time at Brunswick’s phenomenal Wick Recording Studios.

Bergy’s Battle of the Bands will feature five heats held over five months, with 4-5 bands competing in each heat. The standout performer from each heat will advance to the Grand Final, where the ultimate winner will be crowned. This format ensures a diverse and exciting lineup of talent throughout the competition.

Key dates for Bergy’s Battle of the Bands

Get your band together and get in quick, the call out for bands started on April 1 and the latest deadline for applications ends on April 17.

  • Heat 1: May 15th
  • Heat 2: June 12th
  • Heat 3: July 17th
  • Heat 4: August 14th
  • Heat 5: September 11th
  • Grand Final: October 16th

Keep up with the latest music news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Huge prizes throughout the competition

  • Per heat: $1000 for the winning band and merch
  • First place prize: $5000 cash, one free day of recording at Wick Recording Studios Brunswick, two weekend rehearsals and merch
  • Second place prize: $500 voucher for Wick Recording Studios Brunswick and merch

Judging criteria

The judging process will be spearheaded by a panel of industry experts and rate bands based on their overall artistry and musical prowess. Additionally, band bookers will assess bands based on their ability to draw and engage an audience, taking into account attendance and the number of patrons attending each performance.

Bergy’s dedicated bar staff will also have the opportunity to rate bands based on their impact and interaction with the audience.

To register your interest, DM Strictly Live here.