Battle of the Bands - Heat Two!

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Saturday, 11 Aug 2018 at 12:30 pm

HEAT TWO TODAY! Artist details to come! Stay Tuned!

The Nimbin Bush Theatre is proud to announce it will be once again holding the Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands - 2018!

The Passport to Airlie - Battle of the Bands competition, in its sixth year, boasts being the largest Battle of the Bands competition of its kind in Australia. Passport to Airlie’s ‘Battle of the Bands’ will see emerging artists from NSW, Victoria, SA, Queensland and beyond to compete to take their prize position on a stage at this iconic Festival. The Nimbin Bush Theatre has been selected to host the competition, and is the only venue to do so between Tamworth and The Gold Coast. This band competition differs from most in that it is free for bands to enter, and also free for punters to attend. The competition is open to most genres - rock, pop, blues, folk, acoustica etc.. and can feature large bands (a maximum of 5 artists), solo performers and duos, all genres (not metal, hard core, hard rock), ages (must be 18+) and ensemble sizes are welcome to apply. ( Due to the nature of the Airlie Beach Festival of Music heavyrock/thrash/metal and another such “hard” genres are not suitable for the competition as they would not sit well within the festival.) The winner will perform between 3-5 sets at the 2018 Airlie Beach Festival of Music, receive great accommodation for the festival and receive a $1000 performance fee. The winner from the rainbow region will compete against the other winners from around Australia, with the ultimate winner given a slot to perform on the main stage at Airlie for the 2019 festival.

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music brings 74 acts to the Whitsundays for 3 and a half days of spectacular entertainment and is held from November 9 through to November 11, in 18 venues throughout Airlie Beach. 

Competition promoter Gavin ‘Butto’ Buttlin commented, “A Battle of the Bands competition is being run in the lead-up to the Airlie Beach Festival of Music to give new talent across Australia the opportunity to win a spot performing in the line-up. I wanted to create a festival where you could see the classic rock bands and hear the songs we grew up with, and at the same time discover new talent and give them a chance.”

Heats begin at The Nimbin Bush Theatre in August, there will be 4 heat battles, then a semi final, culminating on a final on September 22, with the lucky winner receiving the “passport” to Airlie Beach and the many advantages it comes with. There will be limits to accommodating everyone so get in early and get scheduled in for a chance to take your music to Airlie Beach for this incredible festival.

Solo Artists, duos, bands, anyone can apply at:

We recommend that all applicants visit this link directly.

Get ready to witness some amazing talent!

Battle of the Bands - Heat Two!

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