Band Storm: Battle of the Bands

Date: Heats: 20th Jan, 10th March, Final: April
Location: Heats: Absolute Music, Final: Canvas

BandStorm, a brand new battle of the bands competition for Bournemouth and Poole students

In partnership with Hub partner Absolute Music, we’re very excited to announce our inaugural battle of the bands competition.

If you’re in a band with two or more players (one of which must be an instrumentalist), are all aged between 14 and 17, have original compositions or covers that take old songs in an exciting new direction, then this is for YOU!

The winning band receives: £100 voucher to spend at Absolute Music, a day in the studio with a professional producer to record and master one of their tracks and a session with a photographer to develop a show reel, along with professional input throughout the process to help refine performance technique and overall presentation. You’ll also win a £100 Absolute Music voucher for your school.

Runners up  receive Absolute Music vouchers of £100 *(2nd prize) and £50 (runner up).

There are 12 places available. Applications close Friday 12th January 2018

Applications are now open with the first heat taking place on January 20th 2018 (Absolute Music) the second March 10th with the grand finale set for April at Canvas, Bournemouth. As part of the selection process, applicants will be long listed using the application form and any additional links included.

Good luck!

Apply to BandStorm

We’re looking for non-classical ensembles (rock, pop, jazz, grime, hip hop, house, electronica, funk etc) with members aged 14-17. Bands should have a minimum of 2 members (maximum of 6), and have at least two prepared pieces to audition. These can be original compositions or cover pieces. All applications will be reviewed by our panel and selected bands will be informed by email to be invited to audition at Absolute studios on 20th January 2018

Name of band

Names of band members

Age of band members

Name of School(s)

Instruments within band

Contact Email Address

Contact number

If you are successful at the first round, we will require the contact information for the parents of every band member

Please state if any of the band members have any Allergies / Medical Conditions / Access Needs

Please tell us a bit about your band
Please note, this text will be used to help our panel decide who to invite to audition, so please include as much information as possible! We want to hear all about your band: genre of music, style, band’s history, your plans for the band etc.

We want to hear your band! Please use the space below to paste any links of any recordings you already have, including YouTube, SoundCloud, MixCloud, etc. You can also email your recordings to us through WeTransfer or by attachment to:

We confirm that we have at least two full-length songs that we are prepared to perform for auditions and final performance (if selected)


I understand that in applying to join this Music Education Hub programme that I am available for auditions on 20th January, Heat two on 10th March and am willing to perform at Canvas on 18th April.