Battle of the Bands 2020

Battle of the Bands 2020

It’s the annual BandWagon Magazine Battle of the Bands! Northern Colorado’s best local bands compete for eternal glory, the grand prize of $1,000, and the cover of BandWagon Magazine – This could be you! Bands must compete in one preliminary round and (if they advance) one final round in March 2020 (Date TBD).

BandWagon Magazine is Northern Colorado’s premier independent arts and entertainment magazine since 2011. We distribute 15,000 copies each month and consistently cover national and independent local artists. For the past 8 years, BandWagon has held an annual Battle of the Bands. Past winners include local bands like Slow Caves, The Burroughs, Its Just Bugs, Hypnotic Vibes, The Great Salmon Famine and Swerve.

Preliminary rounds will take place 2/1 and 2/29 at the Moxi Theater in Greeley and 2/13 and 2/28 at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins. One (or possibly 2) band(s) from each night will move onto the final round in March – Date, and Venue TDB. The battle is scored by a combination of judges and crowd voting. The celebrity judges, composed of local musicians as well as folks affiliated with organizations like BandWagon Magazine, Moxi Theater, The Fort Collins Music District, Z2, and Mishawaka Amphitheatre, will be filling out score sheets that award bands for several categories including originality, professionalism, crowd participation and response, and the quality of performance.


This year’s contestants are being chosen soon! Apply for the battle this year by filling out the form below…

  • What is the name of your band?
  • What is your name? Are you an authorized contact for the band?
  • What is your email address?
  • What kind of music does your band make? Labels are boring but tell us about yourselves!
  • Which preliminary round do you want to compete in?
  • Are you also available for the final date in March (will be set before announcement) for the final round where one band will walk away with $1,000 and the cover of BandWagon Magazine?
  • Share with us! Post links here to your website, social media profiles, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc.
  • Drop files here or
    Feel free to drop any tracks that you think would get your band into the BandWagon Magazine Battle of The Bands 2020.