Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Battle of the Bands

Each year, three High School Bands compete for the ultimate title of Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Battle of the Bands Winner, taking home a generous prize package including cash and much more! A qualifier round hosting up to 12 bands takes place prior to the festival at Six Springs Tavern in Richardson. At the judges’ and producer’s discretion, 2 bands are selected outright to compete in the finals at the Festival and an additional 2-3 bands are selected to compete in an online fan’s choice contest for the third finalist slot.  The Finals are held on the Plaza Stage at Wildflower! on Sunday, May 17 at 11:45 a.m.


2020 Contest Rules

Contest Band Requirements

  • Bands wishing to participation in Battle of the Bands must complete an application by April 1, 2020.
  • All band members must be between the ages of 14 and 19.
  • Minimum of 3 members in each band.
  • At least half of the members must be current students in grades 6-12 (3 member band = 2 current students, 4 member band = 2 current students, 5 member band = 3 current students)

Prizes

  • $500 Cash
  • A Saturday night or Sunday set-time at Guitars and Growlers (specific date and time to be determined by Guitars & Growlers and band)
  • Individual performers at the finals will be awarded for best  guitarists, bassist, drummer and vocalist.
  • Additional prizes coming soon…

Qualifier Round Requirements

Six Springs Tavern

Qualifier Round Date, Time & Location
Saturday, April 25, 2020
7:00 p.m.
Six Spring Tavern
147 N. Plano Rd., Richardson, TX

  • The qualifier round will host up to 12 bands.
  • Each band will be allowed to play one 15-minute set and must play at least (1) original song and (1) cover song of a 2020 Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival headliner. Band may choose to play full cover song or at minimum a 2-minute excerpt and are encouraged to interpret/adapt the cover song to their style/genre.
  • At the judges’ and producer’s discretion, 2-3 bands will be selected outright to compete in the finals and an additional 2-3 bands will be selected to compete in an online fan’s choice contest for the third and finalist slot.
  • All band performances will be videotaped for possible online contest and/or for use by Wildflower! to publicize the contest.
  • No foul language, or crude/offensive/vulgar behavior of any kind on stage, in lyrics, off stage, or otherwise. Absolutely no moshing (audience included) and proper attire must be worn at all times.
  • Band members are only allowed on stage during their set. Bands or band members who go on stage while another band is competing will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Winning bands will be determined by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:
    • Musical talent as determined by our panel of judges
    • Crowd noise and enthusiasm
    • Showmanship of band members
    • Ability to follow contest rules and perform at least one (1) original song and one (1) cover song within one 15-minute set
    • Originality of cover song. Bands are encouraged to interpret/adapt the cover song to their style/genre.
    • NOTE: Ticket sales or attendance by the band are not a factor in the judging of the winning bands.

Finalist Round Requirements

  • Finals are held on the Plaza Stage at Wildflower! on Sunday, May 17 at 11:45 a.m.
  • Each finalist band will be allowed to play one 12-minute set (please note difference from qualifier round) and must play at least (1) original song and (1) cover song of a 2020 Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival headliner. Band may choose to play full cover song or at minimum a 2-minute excerpt and are encouraged to interpret/adapt the cover song to their style/genre.
  • Winning band will be determined by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:
    • Musical talent as determined by our panel of judges
    • Crowd noise and enthusiasm
    • Showmanship of band members
    • Ability to follow contest rules and perform at least one (1) original song and one (1) cover song within one 12-minute set
    • Originality of cover song. Bands are encouraged to interpret/adapt the cover song to their style/genre.
    • NOTE: Ticket sales by the bands are not a factor in the judging of the winning bands.
  • No foul language, or crude/offensive/vulgar behavior of any kind on stage, in lyrics, off stage, or otherwise. Absolutely no moshing and proper attire must be worn at all times.
  • Band members are only allowed on stage during their set. Bands or band members who go on stage while another band is competing will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Producer reserves the right to approve song choices to be performed at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival.
2019 Battle of the Bands Winner
Fifth Phoenix

Additional Finalist

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