The Adelaide Casino is proud to host the inaugural Guitars in Bars Battle of the Bands 2018. Twelve bands will be in the running to win over $10k in cash and prizes! Bands, duos and soloists are welcome to apply, see selection process below.

Selection Process

  • Register an event as part of Guitars in Bars 2018, complete the Guitars in Bar application and register for the Battle of the Bands http://www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au/program/guitars-in-bars/
  • Judges will asses each application and select twelve bands to perform at two heats.
  • 6 bands will perform a 25 minute set of originals or cover music at Heat 1 and Heat 2. Two bands from each of the heats will advance to the Grand Final.
  • 4 bands will perform a 40 minute set of original or cover music at the Grand Final and be in the running to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
  • First and second place will be decided on the night through judge’s decision

Prize Packages

First Prize

  • $5,000 in cash
  • Monthly Residency at Oasis Bar (valued at $5,000)
  • Adelaide Festival Centre Professional Development opportunity

Second Prize

  • 1 x full day recording at Mix Masters studio (valued at $800)
  • 1 x mix and master at Milk & Honey Audio (valued at $800)
  • Golden Ticket to the Adelaide Guitar Festival

Information

Heat 1 & Heat 2

Bands will have 35 minutes to perform a set of original or cover music (5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to pack down).  A drum kit, 2 x guitar amps, bass amp, microphones, DI boxes and stage monitors will be provided.

Grand Final

Bands/artists will have 50 minutes to perform a set of original or cover music (5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to pack down).  A drum kit, 2 x guitar amps, bass amp, microphones, DI boxes and stage monitors will be provided.

Key dates

Applications open - Monday 26th March 2018

Applications close - Friday 25th May 2018

Applications assessed by Judges – Monday 28th May 2018

Selected bands notified - Monday 11st June 2018

Heat 1 at Oasis Bar - Friday 20th July, 2018

Heat 2 at Oasis Bar - Friday 27th July, 2018

Grand Final at Oasis Bar - Friday 3rd, August 2018

Scoring

Weighted score: 25% Crowd Participation / 25% Virtuosity / 25% Stage Presence / 25% musical content