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The Details 

What is the 57Fest Battle of the Bands?  

The 57 Fest Battle of the Bands is an event where aspiring young musicians can gain experience playing in front of a live audience. Eight bands will perform two songs each. Originals are encouraged but covers are fine as well. Our judges will choose a winner and a runner-up based on musicianship, showmanship, creativity and originality. This is a FUN event for amatuer musicians, not a serious competition. Getting up and perfoming to the best of your ability is a victory in itself. 

When / Where is it ? 

Saturday, September 21st 2019 with a rain date of Sunday, September 22nd. Show starts at 2pm.
The event takes place at the Colchester RecPlex 297 Old Hebron Rd, Colchester, CT 06415 

What are the requirements ?

- Entrants must 19 years old or younger and must be a resident of Connecticut.
- If we don’t know your band, we may ask for a short video of you playing together.
- The band should generally be of amateur status. No sponsorships, professional tours, buses, roadies, etc.
- At a minimum a group must contain two performers and at least one member must play an instrument. No karaoke.
- Each group will play two songs within 15 minutes. Original songs are encouraged but covers are fine as well.
- No profanity or discriminatory language. If your song contains profane language drop the word or sing and alternate.
- The battle will be in front of an audience; a panel of judges will select a winner and a runner up. Prizes TBD.
- Video of the contest will be broadcast to the Internet. Various members of the press may be onsite taking photos.
- The contest will be judged upon: musicianship, showmanship, creativity and originality.
- A drum set, microphones, amps, and a keyboard will be provided by the Music Bureau.
- You can bring your own amps if needed but please let us know ahead of time.
- This is a fun event with goal of raising the confidence of young, amateur musicians. Please treat it a such.
- Please email any questions or special requests please email

How do I sign up ? 

Download this form, read the requirements closely, sign, scan, and email to

How can I help ? 

- Do you own a business or know someone who does? Download, print, and post our flyer
- Know any donors or business who would like to contribute to a cash prize for our winners ? 
- Have a space where bands could gather and practice?
- Have another idea how you can help make the event better ? Please email

57 Fest BOTB History - 2018

On 9/22/18 Colchester, CT Park and Rec and The Music Bureau hosted a Battle of the Bands for local teenage bands. Watch the video recap.

Winners - The Rolling Beat
Runner Ups - The Strangers

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