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Information for Participating Bands

Important Dates:

Deadline to apply: May 15

Jurying: May 15 - 26

Acceptance emails sent to bands: May 27


Tickets go live: June 20

Semi-Final Pool #1: Monday, August 1

Semi-Final Pool #2: Tuesday, August 2

Final: Saturday, August 6

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

Pool Information: Bands will be split into two pools (Semi-Final Pool #1 & #2). Bands who make it through to the finals, will play at the Saturday event. Each band must perform up to 15 minutes of original music.

Application Requirements:

  • Music must be original (no covers allowed)

  • All genres of music accepted

  • Bands must be working in Washington State

  • Bands must have proper license to all copyrighted music, video, and images included in the duration of their involvement. 

  • Competition restricted to bands (not solo musicians)

  • All entries are final and may not be withdrawn from the event once submitted

  • You must not have won a previous ShoreLake Battle of the Bands competition.

Load-in Time: 4:00 - 5.00pm - 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: (UPDATED)

  • DRUMS: 1980-ish Ludwig Rocker Kit

    • Kick Drum – 22x16

    • Rack Tom – 12x10

    • Floor Tom – 16x16

    • Cymbal Stands for up to 4 positions

    • HI-hat stand

    • Single-Kick Pedal (DW9000)

    • NOTE: please bring your own kick pedal, snare drum and cymbals. 

  • Guitar and Bass

    • 2 Jet City guitar heads (Tube) with foot-switches

    • 2 2x12 guitar cabinets

    • 1 Orange bass head

    • 1 1x15 bass cabinet

  • 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: 1st and 2nd place will be decided by the jurors. People's Choice will be crowd sourced.


1st Place: $1,500 

One day recording at Robert Lang Studios

Runner Up: $1,000

Gear Package from Mackie of

2 x Thrash215 Loudspeakers

2 x T-100 tripod stands

2 x EM-89D dynamic microphone

People's Choice: $500

One day recording at Robert Lang Studios

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

Jeannie Rak | Musician

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 tickets 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.

There will also be a few 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.

My question isn’t answered! We try to answer everything we can think of, but if we missed something, please email us with questions or comments: 


Day of contact number: TBC

Image by Brandi Redd


If you have any questions please contact:

Teresa Pape

Program Manager

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