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Battle of the Bands 2022

2021-22 FINALISTS

  • Freefol
  • Kids Ski Free
  • Party Foul
  • Room3

Congratulations to our 2021-22 finalists - we'll see you at Spring Jam! Stay tuned for application dates and more details this fall for 2022-23 Battle of the Bands.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS

The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is a series of concert battles that will determine the band that will perform at Spring Jam™ 2022. The Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands is 100% free to enter. Once you submit the application below, your group will be eligible to compete against other University of Minnesota student bands, move on to the Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Final Battle, and be selected as the potential winner of the battle.

BAND SELECTION

APPLICATION PROCESS

Each group/performer that submits an application will be considered to perform at a preliminary concert battle at the Whole Music Club. Qualifying bands will be chosen by Whole Music Club staff on the basis of quality of music and professionalism of application. Groups qualifying for the Preliminary Rounds will be notified by Friday, December 10 and must confirm their ability to perform on their preliminary show date as well as during Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands Final Battle on Saturday, April 30, should they advance.

Groups not chosen to compete in the Spring Jam™ Battle of the Bands will be considered for future events at the Whole Music Club.

PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

Sixteen bands/performers will be chosen to perform 30 minute sets at one of four preliminary concert battles in the Whole Music Club. A winner is chosen from each of these preliminary shows to advance to the Spring Jam™ Final Battle. Winners of preliminary rounds will be determined by popular vote at the concert.

PRELIMINARY SHOW DATES

  • Friday, February 4 - 8pm
  • Friday, February 11 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 17 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 25 – 8pm

SPRING JAM™ FINAL BATTLE

Saturday, April 30 - 2pm

The four winners from the Preliminary Rounds and one extra "Judges' Choice" band will advance to the Spring Jam™ Final Battle. The winner of the Final Battle will be selected and announced by the Judges Panel during Spring Jam™.

PRIZES

In addition to the grand prize Spring Jam™ performance (valued at $500), all finalists will receive a prize. Additional prizes will be determined by the Whole Music Club. Prizes will be announced following the Final Battle.

This year’s prizes will include:

  • Recording time at RadioK’s Studio K
  • Paid opening set at WAM-O-Rama 2020 (valued at $250)
  • Gift certificates to local retailers ($150 each)

PROMOTION

Groups chosen for Preliminary Round concerts are responsible for doing their own promotion to get people to the event. The more people you bring, the more people that are likely to vote for you. The SUA Facebook page will be running a promotion leading up to each show. Bands are encouraged to share the official SUA Facebook event with their fans.

RULES AND VOTING

  • Each group/performer must contain at least one currently-enrolled University of Minnesota-Twin Cities student performer.
  • Solo artists as well as full bands are allowed.
  • Groups selected to compete must perform live. No tracking or lip syncing will be allowed.
  • Original songs are encouraged. All genres are welcomed.

TIMELINE

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Monday, November 8

APPLICATIONS DUE

Sunday, December 12 by 11:59 PM CST

APPLICATIONS REVIEWED

Week of December 13, 2021

NOTIFICATIONS SENT

No later than Friday, December 17, at 5:00pm CST

PRELIMINARY SHOW DATES

  • Friday, February 4 - 8pm
  • Friday, February 11 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 17 – 8pm
  • Friday, February 25 – 8pm

SPRING JAM™ FINAL BATTLE

Saturday, April 30, 2022