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We are passionate about involving young people in our festival and will be running a Battle of the Bands contest for 12-21 year olds.


The event will provide shortlisted bands with exposure, a fantastic live performance opportunity and a chance to win some great prizes!


Dates for your Diary




The Final


The Battle of the Bands provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils attending local schools and colleges to join in a competition with other local bands on a live stage.

Online submissions close on Monday 2nd May 2022.

A panel of judges with professional experience in teaching, composing and performing in bands will audition all entries and select a maximum of eight bands to perform live and battle it out at Seth Ward Community Centre, Buntingford on Saturday 21st May 2022 in front of an audience.


The winning band will play live and open the Summer Arts in Buntingford evening event on Friday 17th June 2022 at Layston Court Gardens to perform a set lasting up to 15 minutes.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact:

First Prize


The winner of the Battle of the Bands competition will be given a day in the Music Bunker, Braughing to record their own compositions. The tracks will then be professionally mixed and mastered for each member of the winning band.


“We're passionate about recording, and take great care to ensure that everything is recorded to a high technical standard. However, we're equally passionate about ensuring that you leave the studio with a recording which is going to attract attention. Because, that's what it's all about!"


Music Bunker is a professional recording studio midway between London and Cambridge. Working with musicians and singers, we encourage high levels of creativity, enabling you to achieve release quality recordings in our relaxed environment.

We have an Audient 48 channel console, which is perfect for recording and mixing, a wide choice of microphones including AKD 414 & WA-47, and a whole bunch of outboards, including Neve preamps and 1176 compressors.

Additional Prizes


For outstanding Vocal Performance of the competition:


Professional AKG C7 vocal microphone worth over £150


Sponsored by Sound Technology in Letchworth Garden City

Specialist brand representation for the UK Professional Audio, Professional Lighting and MI Retail industries.


For Deserving Drummer of the competition:


A one hour session of tips and tricks to help with your drumming

On a date and time of your choice at The Practice Roomz, Stevenage.

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For deserving runners up:


Sponsored by Melodies Music Education, Buntingford

Three production sessions

Three vocal sessions based around Rock School techniques


‘Teaching music is our passion and we believe that passion should be shared.’

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