Battle of the Bands


The 2024 Battle of the Bands Ryde competition is here! For young people aged 12-24 years, this year's competition is sure to activate those musical senses, support young musicians and showcase their talent. Held at Lachlan's Line Auditorium, this night is sure to be jam packed with excitement. Winners of the competition will receive a free professional recording session (mixed and mastered) with Katcha Music Studio valued at $2000. Runners up will receive a share of $750 worth of gift vouchers to Mall Music Macquarie Centre.

Register your band today for your chance to be selected and battle it out! Terms and Conditions apply.

Register Online

Registrations close on Sunday, 31 March 2024.

Bands must be available to play at the designated/selected Battle of the Bands event on Wednesday 17 April. For information, please refer to the T&C's,

Key Information

When: 5.30pm - 9.30pm, Wednesday 17 April 2024
Lachlan’s Line Auditorium. Lachlan’s Line Square, Jarvis Cct, North Ryde

The 2024 Battle of the Bands competition is proudly brought to you by the City of Ryde.

This is an Alcohol and Drug Free Event.

Battle of the Bands | Terms and Conditions

  1. Performers must be between 12 and 24 years of age. 
  2. Bands cannot be signed to a record or publishing label.
  3. Panel of Judges from Battle of the Bands event will select winner.
  4. Winners will be awarded a recording studio package through Katcha Music Studio
  5. Runner up will receive a $500 gift voucher from Mall Music.
  6. Third place will receive a $250 gift voucher from Mall Music.
  7. Bands must be available to play at the designated/selected Battle of the Bands event on Wednesday 17 April 2024.
  8. All bands competing in the Ryde event must be at Lachlan’s Line Auditorium by 5.30pm on Wednesday 17 April for the line-up, program overview and band briefing.
  9. If performers do not turn up or are late to the event, they will be disqualified.
  10. Complete stage set up is provided on the day. Audio Equipment and Backline will be supplied – 5 piece drumkit, cymbal kit, 2 x guitar amps, mic/stand and 1 x bass amp. Other than that, you will require your own instruments including a keyboard set up if required.  
  11. Bands must supply a stage plot (template provided upon registration) to help the audio engineers with the line-up and specs on request.
  12. This is an alcohol and drug free event. Any performers found under the influence or in possession of alcohol or drugs in or near the performance venue will be immediately disqualified. Security and Police will be on site.
  13. Bands are expected to tailor their performances appropriately for an under 18s audience.
  14. All material presented is to be original, or original artist properly acknowledged.
  15. Bands will have 15 minutes of performance and 10 minutes of setup/changeover. Times may be altered if unforeseen situations arise. Bands may be interrupted if they go over their allocated time and points may be deducted from their scores.
  16. The judge’s decision is final and no arguments will be entered into.
  17. Bands will be selected from their demo link which should be supplied upon application. A total of 5 bands will be selected from these links. Demos can be a link to a YouTube or Social Media recording/video, Cloud File (e.g. Dropbox etc.) or any other recording of your music (partial or full) that is accessible via link.
  18. Due to the popularity of the contest absolute preference is given to bands from the Ryde Local Government Area. Other outside area bands will only be considered if places are available.
  19. Competing bands will be judged on the following five categories: Musicality, Stage Presence & Personality, Original Material, Professionalism and Overall Quality of Performance.
  20. Organisers take no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged equipment. Do not leave it unattended at any time.
  21. Participants indemnify Ryde Council and its agents for any actions, claims or demands of any kind resulting in personal injury, property loss or actions of band members. It is advised that venues are covered under council public liability insurance coverage. Band members are advised to seek their own legal advice on their personal insurance requirements.
  22. Bands and band members (and their parent/guardian if under 18 years) agree to allow information, photos and video taken at events and recording sessions to be used for advertising or promotional purposes.

    Other Notes

  • You will receive an email confirming acceptance of your application after the application close date – Sunday 31 March.
  • For more information or any questions please contact Ryde Council on 99528222 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.