Battle of the Bands is a contest in which two or more bands compete for the title of “best band”. The winner is determined by the general response of the audience or the band who brings the most people to support them. Traditionally, battles of bands are held at live music events and forums. Popular examples include the yearly Live and Unsigned contest in the United Kingdom and the annual SoundWave Music Competition.
A Battle of the Bands is a contest in which many bands, usually rock or metal bands, but often musical acts from a range of different styles, compete for the title of “best band”. The winner is determined by a panel of judges, the general response of the audience, or a combination. The winning band usually receives a prize in addition to bragging rights. Prizes usually include cash, free recording time in a local recording studio, support or main slot at a local or large gig, a piece of new equipment, or a gift certificate.
Battles of bands are sometimes held as part of a live music event; they are also commonly held at high schools and universities. The term “Battle of the Bands” is a trademark in Canada, held since 1998 by the Toronto promotions company Supernova Interactive.