Battle of the Bands Online


The Arkaba Hotel is looking to continue their strong support of live music in Adelaide during Covid-19 social restrictions with ‘BLOOM’ – an online battle of the bands competition finding and nurturing Adelaide’s best up and coming original bands! Performances will be professionally mixed and filmed then streamed/broadcast online with the viewing public voting for their favourite bands.



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Entries required no later than Sunday 31/5/2020 with the following information:

  • Band name
  • Contact person’s name, phone number and email address
  • Band’s Facebook / Unearthed / Bandcamp / YouTube links
  • All band member’s names, ages and instrument played (and/or vocalists)
  • Video links (e.g. Youtube or Facebook) to live performances of at least 2 original songs. Please note we DO NOT require professional videos. Footage taken by a friend on a phone in your practice room or at a previous gig are more than acceptable
  • Short band bio and photos (not mandatory if you don’t already have on-hand) 



Initial entry to the competition is by way of an online submission. From these submissions 9 upcoming South Australian bands will be selected to perform live at Arkaba Hotel.

Live performances will be split over 3 heats which will be broadcast online, each heat showcasing 3 of the selected bands. Each band will perform 3 songs, at least 2 of which must be original compositions.

Heats will be broadcast Friday nights from 8pm on the Arkaba Hotel Facebook page (and shareable to each band’s page)

Heat 1 – Friday 12/6/2020
Heat 2 – Friday 19/6/2020
Heat 3 – Friday 26/6/2020
Grand Final – Friday 3/7/2020  

The heats and final will be pre-recorded earlier in the week of broadcast with a professional audio engineer and camera operators. Bands are to supply their own backline. PA and lighting are provided by Arkaba Hotel.

Each band will be allocated separate time slots to bump-in, record and bump-out to ensure there is no breach of Covid-19 government social distancing regulations.

The performance will not be ‘edited’ – i.e. even if a guitarist breaks a string mid-song the recording will continue and be broadcast in full.

After each heat is broadcast the general public will be invited to vote for their favourite band.

Judging will take place the week following each broadcast and the winners announced on the Arkaba Hotel Facebook page. Judges will take into account the band’s performance, original song compositions and number of votes received (further details in the Terms and Conditions).

The 3 heat winners will be required to record one more performance for the Grand Final decider.



The winner of the Grand Final will receive $3,000 cash. They will also win professional song recording and tracking at Mix Masters Studios plus post production, editing, mixing and mastering at Milk & Honey Studios worth $3,000. (Total winning prize worth $6,000) Winner will be announced on the Arkaba Hotel Facebook page Monday 6/7/2020 at 4pm CST.  



The competition is open to bands based in South Australia playing any style of music, however there must be at least 3 musicians playing in the band. This competition is not open to soloists or duos.

If the band is outside of the Adelaide metropolitan area they must be able and willing to travel to Adelaide to perform for the competition. 



This competition is being funded thanks to the Government of South Australia’s Music Development Office Project Support Grants program. Also thanks to Sean Robertson from Milk & Honey Studios for his expertise and help in running the competition. 



All information on how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. This competition is run by Hurley Hotel Group (HHG) ABN: 57519972982 of 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton 5063. HHG reserves the right at any time to disqualify any individual who the organiser reasonably believes has breached any of the terms and conditions or engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the competition or the reputation of HHG. Entry to the competition is free. Each entrant consents to HHG taking and using photographs and/or video footage of the entrant for the purpose of the competition.

Judging will be conducted by a panel of industry professionals. The criteria against which entries will be judged, will include, but not be limited to:

  • Originality - Is the band playing originals? Are the songs well crafted? Has the band developed a distinctive sound?
  • Musicianship - Do the performers play their instruments well? Do they play well together?
  • Stage Presence - Do they use the stage well? Is their performance engaging to watch? Do they interact with each other? Are their clothes appropriate for their performance style?
  • Votes Received – The number of public votes received after each broadcast may be taken into consideration by the judges but is not the main criteria determining who is deemed the winner.  

The decisions of the judging panel in relation to any aspect of the competition will be final and binding upon every entrant who enters the competition. No correspondence regarding any decision of the judging panel will be entered into.