Official Competition Rules

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General

  1. By entering this live music competition, all competition entries must agree to the rules.
  2. The St. Albans Battle of the Bands competition is open to all musicians and artists from all genres and ages playing live music. Sorry, no tracks or pre-recorded music.  Acts will provide all their own instruments.
  3. The event will be held at Roadside Park, MacCorkle Ave. (US Rt. 60), St. Albans, WV.
  4. The deadline for all entries is July 31. Entries may be emailed to [email protected] or completed online at https://www.sabattleofbands.com/enter/.   Entry forms will also be available at Roadside Park at any Music & Movie Nights.
  5. There are three categories:
    1. Rock
    2. Country
    3. Everything Else

    Categories will be split into two divisions:

    1. Amateur / Aspiring
    2. Pro/ Semi-Pro

Q:  How will I know which division my act falls into?
A: 
If your act performs for pay (before pandemic shut venues down to live music or at the time of this entry), you would be considered a Pro/SemiPro

  1. For programming purposes, identify your act as either a Band (three or more members) or Solo/Duo.

Rounds & Production

  1. Preliminary Rounds will be held on September 11 and 18. The exact starting time will be determined by the number of submissions received.  More dates may be added depending on the number of submissions.
  2. The Final Round will be held on September 25. with the advancing 6 acts, two from each category. (Amateur/Aspiring and Pro/SemiPro).
  3. All acts need to be available on all the dates. The lineup will be announced shortly after the registration deadline.
  4. Preliminary Rounds: Acts will have up to 12 minutes (no more) to perform, 5 minutes to take the stage and be prepared to start, 3 minutes to exit the stage.  Final Rounds acts will have 22 minutes of performance time, 5 minutes to take the stage, and 3 minutes to exit the stage.
    Bands are encouraged to have only one friend/volunteer per member to assist in taking and exiting the stage.  Stage Managers will be directing the flow.
  5. The event will provide the sound system and a professional sound tech team to handle mixing. Entries need to have your stage plot / technical needs included or attached to your email.  A stage plot can be a simple drawing – as if you’re looking down on the stage and visualizing where your mics, amps, drums, gear, and artists are positioned.
  6. Band members are responsible for the security of their equipment. Event organizers cannot be held liable for any lost, damaged, or stolen equipment, nor for any bodily injuries resulting in participating in the event.

Judging

A panel of judges will be looking at:

  1. Musicianship / Technical Ability
  2. Originality / Creativity
  3. Stage Presence
  4. Audience Engagement / Reaction
  5. Passion / Overall Performance

 

Final Notes

  1. The volunteers, organizing team, and producers of this event have the utmost respect for artistic expression. Keep in mind this is an event geared to the general public, including families and children, so please, no offensive, obscene or violent behavior or promoting of such in lyrics, clothing, or anything visible to the audience. Blatant disregard may result in immediate disqualification.
  2. Event organizers reserve the right to expand or modify performance dates, policies, etc., as needed for a smooth and fair competition and have the sole and final decision in the unlikely-hood that any disputes might arise.
  3. By participating in the event, you grant irrevocable permission to event organizers to produce, reproduce (or reuse), edit video, take pictures, print, record the sound of an individual or an individual under your supervision. Individuals under 18 will need their legal guardian(s) to sign the media release form.
  4. All state, county, city & park ordinances will be observed.

General

  1. By entering this live music competition, all competition entries must agree to the rules.
  2. The St. Albans Battle of the Bands competition is open to all musicians and artists from all genres and ages playing live music. Sorry, no tracks or pre-recorded music.  Acts will provide all their own instruments.
  3. The event will be held at Roadside Park, MacCorkle Ave. (US Rt. 60), St. Albans, WV.
  4. The deadline for all entries is July 31. Entries may be emailed to [email protected] or completed online at https://www.sabattleofbands.com/enter/.   Entry forms will also be available at Roadside Park at any Music & Movie Nights.
  5. There are three categories:
    1. Rock
    2. Country
    3. Everything Else

    Categories will be split into two divisions:

    1. Amateur / Aspiring
    2. Pro/ Semi-Pro

Q:  How will I know which division my act falls into?
A:  
If your act performs for pay (before pandemic shut venues down to live music or at the time of this entry), you would be considered a Pro/SemiPro

  1. For programming purposes, identify your act as either a Band (three or more members) or Solo/Duo.

Rounds & Production

  1. Preliminary Rounds will be held on September 11 and 18. The exact starting time will be determined by the number of submissions received.  More dates may be added depending on the number of submissions.
  2. The Final Round will be held on September 25with the advancing 6 acts, two from each category. (Amateur/Aspiring and Pro/SemiPro).
  3. All acts need to be available on all the dates. The lineup will be announced shortly after the registration deadline.
  4. Preliminary Rounds: Acts will have up to 12 minutes (no more) to perform, 5 minutes to take the stage and be prepared to start, 3 minutes to exit the stage.  Final Rounds acts will have 22 minutes of performance time, 5 minutes to take the stage, and 3 minutes to exit the stage.
    Bands are encouraged to have only one friend/volunteer per member to assist in taking and exiting the stage.  Stage Managers will be directing the flow.
  5. The event will provide the sound system and a professional sound tech team to handle mixing. Entries need to have your stage plot / technical needs included or attached to your email.  A stage plot can be a simple drawing – as if you’re looking down on the stage and visualizing where your mics, amps, drums, gear, and artists are positioned.
  6. Band members are responsible for the security of their equipment. Event organizers cannot be held liable for any lost, damaged, or stolen equipment, nor for any bodily injuries resulting in participating in the event.

Judging

A panel of judges will be looking at:

  1. Musicianship / Technical Ability
  2. Originality / Creativity
  3. Stage Presence
  4. Audience Engagement / Reaction
  5. Passion / Overall Performance

Final Notes

  1. The volunteers, organizing team, and producers of this event have the utmost respect for artistic expression. Keep in mind this is an event geared to the general public, including families and children, so please, no offensive, obscene or violent behavior or promoting of such in lyrics, clothing, or anything visible to the audience. Blatant disregard may result in immediate disqualification.
  2. Event organizers reserve the right to expand or modify performance dates, policies, etc., as needed for a smooth and fair competition and have the sole and final decision in the unlikely-hood that any disputes might arise.
  3. By participating in the event, you grant irrevocable permission to event organizers to produce, reproduce (or reuse), edit video, take pictures, print, record the sound of an individual or an individual under your supervision. Individuals under 18 will need their legal guardian(s) to sign the media release form.
  4. All state, county, city & park laws and ordinances will be observed.