Battle of the Bands

Each year, three bands comprised of High School age musicians compete for the ultimate title of Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Battle of the Bands winner, taking home a generous prize package including cash and much more! A qualifier round hosting up to 12 bands takes place prior to the festival at Six Springs Tavern in Richardson. At that time 2 bands are selected outright to compete in the finals at Wildflower! and an additional 2-3 bands are selected to compete in an online fan’s choice contest for the third finalist slot.

How to Enter

  • Complete the online application
  • All band members must be between the ages of 14 and 19
  • Minimum of 3 members in each band
  • Half of the members must be current students in grades 6-12 (3 members = 2 students, 4 members = 2 current students, 5 member band = 3 current students)
  • Bands selected to perform in the Qualifier round will be contacted directly by Wildflower!

Deadline to apply is April 1, 2022.

Prize Package Includes

  • $500 cash
  • A Saturday night or Sunday set-time at Guitars and Growlers (specific date and time to be determined)
  • Additional prizes to come!

*Additional awards will be given at the Finals for best guitarist, bassist, drummer and vocalist.

Contest Rules

  • No foul language, or crude/offensive/vulgar behavior of any kind is allowed on stage, in lyrics, off stage, or otherwise. Absolutely no moshing (audience included).
  • Band members are only allowed on stage during their set. Bands or members who go on stage while another band is competing, will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Winning bands will be determined by a panel of judges based on musical talent as determined by our panel of judges, crowd enthusiasm, showmanship of band members, ability to follow contest rules and originality of cover song.
  • All band performances will be videotaped for possible online contest and/or for use by Wildflower! to publicize the contest.
  • Ticket sales or attendance by the band are not a factor in the judging of the winning bands.

Qualifier Round

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Six Spring Tavern (147 N. Plano Rd., Richardson, TX)

  • Maximum of 12 bands will be selected to perform in the qualifier round.
  • Each band is required to perform a 15-minute set that must include one (1) original song and one (1) cover song of a band in the 2022 Wildflower lineup. The band may choose to play the full cover song or a minimum 2-minute excerpt and are encouraged to interpret/adapt the cover song to their style/genre.
  • At the judges’ and producer’s discretion, 2-3 bands will be selected outright to compete in the finals and an additional 2-3 bands will be selected to compete in an online People’s Choice contest for the third finalist slot.

Finals Round

Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:45 a.m.
Wildflower! Amphitheater Stage

  • Each finalist band will be allowed to play one 12-minute set (please note difference from qualifier round) set that must include one (1) original song and one (1) cover song of a band in the 2022 Wildflower! lineup. The band may choose to play the full cover song or a minimum 2-minute excerpt and are encouraged to interpret/adapt the cover song to their style/genre.
  • Winning bands will be determined by a panel of judges based on musical talent as determined by our panel of judges, crowd enthusiasm, showmanship of band members, ability to follow contest rules and originality of cover song.
  • Festival management reserves the right to approve song choices to be performed at Wildflower!