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This year, Battle of the Bands National Championship celebrates its 23rd Anniversary.

Time Line of the Event

The first 2018 competition events are taking place in late September with nationwide events running throughout October & November. Finals will be in November / December 2018.

Entry Process

  • Bands enter online at
  • After registration, bands are placed into a heat at a venue nearest their location.
  • We recommend bands enter now to ensure a placement at their nearest venue.

History of the Event

Battle of the Bands – National Championship has been an annual feature of the New Zealand music scene since 1993. In that time the event has developed significant brand recognition and is strongly supported within its target demographic. Many well-known NZ music artists have been previous winners and finalists of the event; such as OPSHOP, TADPOLE, BLINDSPOTT, BAKERS EDDY, SKINNY HOBOS, STRANGELY AROUSING, BRENDON THOMAS & THE VIBES, THE RUBICS, ALIEN WEAPONERY Members of I AM GIANT, DEVILSKINto name just a few.

Aims and Overview

The event consists of around 40 -50 live shows held at leading professional live music venues throughout the country. Each year typically sees around 100 bands competing for a place at the National Final, which is held in Auckland, in recent years over 2 nights.

The primary function of the Battle of the Bands National Championship is to provide a platform for emerging music talent to obtain greater public awareness and broaden their opportunities in the search for music industry recognition & progression as well as provide ready set up live events for participating bands to gain more stage experience, to road-test and develop their songs and stage craft. Since 2009 the event has also offered greater involvement for fan/viewers, by means of competitions, digital developments and engagement within the judging by the use of audience voting.

Prizes / Sponsors

Over the years, Battle of the Bands - National Championship has been supported by many of NZ's premier brands (As well as International companies), from recording studios, musical instrument retailers and their international top brands, clothing and footwear brands, music festivals, beverage companies, universities and much more. The 2018 prize list and supporting sponsors is partially complete with further announcements due shortly.

International Tour – Asia, Australia, NZ

This year the national winning band will win an international tour with tour dates in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The tour will take place in 2019.

Single Recording – Red Engine Studios, Brisbane With Producer Steve James

The winning band will win recording time at one of Australia’s top recording studios, Red Engine Studios in Brisbane. The band’s single will be produced, engineered and mixed by legendary UK producer Steve James.

Flights and accommodation are included in the international tour and Brisbane recording trip

Global Radio Airplay

USA based Musik & Film will provide Global Radio Promotion delivering the winning band’s single worldwide to over 250,000 radio stations (ask them about special rates for any BOTB entrants)

Allen & Heath Mixing Desk and Audio Technica Prizes

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors Jansen Sound, the winning band each year gets to take home a state of the art, high quality mixing desk from the world renowned brand Allen & Heath. Jansen's other world famous brand, Audio Technica (The World's biggest selling microphone brand) also supplies microphones and headphones for runner up prizes and individual musician award prizes.

More Prizes will be announced soon


The country's best Live Music Venues will host Battle of the Bands National Championship events.

2018 Event dates and Venues

All dates and additional venues are currently being confirmed. As dates are announced, they will appear on the Competition page of this website.


More great prizes will be announced real soon.

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