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Battle of the Bands


Local up and coming band ‘A Big Mistake’ has won the City of Ryde's inaugural Battle of the Bands competition at Council’s 2018 Australia Day Concert.

The band has been described as indie or alternative rock with strong influences from bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, and their catchy tunes certainly proved popular in front of the large crowd on Friday with A Big Mistake also taking out the People’s Choice award on the day as well.

About the Competition

The City of Ryde recognises the outstanding musical talent of our Youth and will be holding a Battle of the Bands competition for 2018.

The competition is open to all Youth bands.

Bands will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, including Guest Judge and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Isabella Manfredi from 'The Preatures', and the top three entries will be invited to perform at the City of Ryde Australia Day concert.

The concert will provide bands to do a live performance and showcase their talents to the community.

The Panel will finalise a winner on the night and award the winning band. There will also be a People's Choice Prize.

2018 Finalists

The-Vinyl-Press-1.jpg The Vinyl Press

TVP are a North-West Sydney four piece playing groove-based alt rock band. Having formed in 2015, the boys have hits across the blues, funk, indie and pop stratosphere.

They are keen to get fans of all styles moving and shaking to whatever beat they come up with.

Check out TVP's Facebook page

A-Big-Mistake.jpg A Big Mistake

A Big Mistake re a four piece band formed in high school. Their style can be classified as Indie or Alternative rock, with strong influences from bands such as The Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Beatles. etc.

A Big Mistake have only been together for just over a year and are looking forward to getting their music and individual sound out into the wider community. 
Check out A Big Mistake's Facebook page

Supahoney.jpg Supahoney

Supahoney are from the Hurstville area and have been playing together for over two years. Since finishing school they have been gigging regularly around Sydney.

They are influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, Radiohead and You am I.

Their sound is reminiscent of Sonic Youth combined with some more Pink Floyd style psychedelic parts.
Check out Supahoney's Facebook page


The winning band will receive: 

  • $1,000 Cash
  • Mastering Session at Studios 301
  • Mentoring session with a leading Australian music industry executive. 

There will also be a people's choice prize of $250.

The winner will be announced at the City of Ryde Australia Day Concert.

Register your interest for 2019!

If you are in a band, aged between 12-25 years of age and are interested in receiving information for the 2019 Battle of the Bands competition please enter your details in the form below.

Click here to view form.
  • Application form must be submitted by 4pm Monday 11 December 2017.
  • The competition is open to Australian bands whose members fit between the ages of 12 and 25 years of age as at the 26 January 2018. 
  • Bands must be available to attend and perform at the City of Ryde Australia Day concert on Friday 26 January 2018. The Concert will begin at 5 pm, with the top three ‘Battle of the Bands’ opening the event.
  • Bands that have signed a contract with a major record company are not eligible to enter the City of Ryde (COR) Battle of the Bands competition.
  • All videos submitted for entry must be of a live performance, to an audience. Videos must have at least 1 original song and videos cannot exceed 10 minutes in duration.  
  • All band members under 16 years of age must have parental or guardian consent to perform at the Australia Day Concert. 

Please read the full list of Terms and Conditions(PDF, 51KB) to ensure your group is eligible. 

Competition Video

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Last updated on 10 May 2018