Information for Participating Bands

Important Dates:

Tickets go live: July 12th

Semi-Final #1: Tuesday, August 10th

Semi-Final #2: Wednesday, August 11th

Final: Saturday, August 14th

6.30pm - 9.30pm (Guests arrive from 5.30pm)

Load-in Time: 5:00 - 5.30pm - We ask that you load in with any gear before 5:30pm. Each band will have their own tent backstage (i.e. behind the showmobile). 


Timing: Each band has a strict limit of 15 minutes. Set change should take no longer than 15 minutes. Each band will start on the half hour, bringing the finish time to 9pm. Jurors will discuss and announce the bands moving onto the finals shortly after. 

Location: Pfingst Animal Acres Park, Lake Forest Park, 17435 Brookside Blvd NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

The bands will play on the Showmobile stage (portable outdoor stage). 


Backline Provided:

  • DRUMS: Basic Mapex pro. drum kit. 22, 13, 16. HiHat and snare stand and 3 cymbal stands provided. NOTE; please bring your own kick pedal, snare drum and cymbals. 

  • BASS: Ampeg 300watt 15” combo amp.

  • GUITAR: 1) Bulgera 22V combo amp, 1) Fender Blues Jr combo amp

  • KEYBOARDS: Bring your own keyboards we will have DI’s available. 

  • PA: professional PA with 4 monitor mixes. All instrument mics provided. Note: Sanitized vocal mics provided but prefer that you bring your own. 

Line-Check: Line checks will be done prior to the event starting and your set. 

Parking: Main guest parking is located at Brookside Elementary it’s about a block away,  so it’s a short walk. You are also are welcome to park at Lake Forest Park Church directly across the street from the park.

Awards: Winners will be decided by the jurors. Crowd enthusiasm and excitement is a factor in jury decisions. 


1st Place: $1,500 

One day recording at Robert Lang Studios

Runner Up: $1,000

Livestream event at the Annex Room Studio


Honorarium: $300 paid to each band accepted into the competition. Paid within 2 weeks after the event. 

Jurors: Who are they? 

Robert Lang | Owner Robert Lang Studios

Tina Lang | Owner Robert Lang Studios/Academy

Alex Donka | Engineer Robert Lang Studios

Jessie Field | Engineer Robert Lang Studios

Scott Markley | Annex Room Studios

Dr Jonathan Booker | Composer/ShoreLake Arts Education Director

E. Pruitt | Bassist


Our judges will be evaluating the bands on the following criteria:

  • Musicality

  • Technique

  • Professionalism 

  • Accessibility

  • Originality

  • Audience reaction

  • Presence   

Tickets: Accepted bands will receive 5 complementary ticket to this event

Parking: Band parking will be at the Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church next to the park. When this is full, bands must park at Brookside Elementary (about a block away).

Food and drink options: We plan to have a beer garden sponsored by Monka Brewery (COVID-19 dependent and Liquor Licensing). This is still unfortunately being tossed around by the city. 

We will have food trucks at the event.

Important: Please - if you are sick, please contact us and stay home.


Marketing Material for Bands:

Hashtags: #shorelakebattleofthebands

In this Google Drive Folder, you will find some graphics you might find useful. If there is anything specific you'd like, don't hesitate to ask.

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Terri's phone number: 412-618-7302

Image by Brandi Redd


If you have any questions please contact:

Terri Price

Program Manager