The 2021 Loudoun Battle of the Bands is open to middle and high school students, including soloists, vocalists, instrumentalists and DJs/producers. The competition is a joint venture among the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Loudoun Youth Inc. and the Loudoun County Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Performers interested in competing should apply online at loudoun.gov/teens by Oct. 31, 2021. There is no entry fee.
The decade-long competition provides a free platform for teen musicians to play for a live audience with professional sound mixing and constructive criticism by a panel of industry professionals serving as judges. At least 71% of performers in ensemble acts must be in middle or high school. At least 25% of performers in ensemble acts must be Loudoun County residents. Students younger than 11 or older than 19 will not be permitted to compete.
Preliminary battles will be held Dec. 3, 2021, Jan. 21, 2022, and Feb. 25, 2022, at the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center in Purcellville. Winners from the preliminary rounds will compete in the final battle April 1, 2022 at the Tally Ho in Leesburg. Prizes are awarded to the winning acts.
Event organizers will follow COVID-19 mandates by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Loudoun County Health Department. The competition is planned as a live streaming event with limited in-person capacity, which is subject to change based on evolving safety guidelines for participants, audience and staff.
For more information, visit loudoun.gov/teens or call 703-737-8335.