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 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!


Contest Rules

  • Bands wishing to participation in Battle of the Bands must complete an online application.
  • 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)

Qualifier Round Requirements

  • 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 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!
  • 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 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 Finalist

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