official rules

You must read and understand the rules prior to registering your band or musical act. 



  1. Any kind of musical act or genre - must have & perform original music. Note: This year, there is no time limit for how long a band has been together.

  2. This is an all ages competition so please keep this in mind when selecting content and attire. Content must be appropriate for all audiences / ages.

  3. This event is open to bands within a 35 mile radius of downtown Dayton Ohio only. Half of the members of your band must reside in Dayton. If you are a solo performer, you must reside within the 35 mile radius of downtown Dayton.

  4. You must be available to perform during the playoff rounds (one Thursday  - either Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17 2022). We will schedule you and announce your date on Jan 3, 2022. You must also be available. Thursday, Feb. 24th for a weather make-up day (if needed) and the Finals on Saturday Feb 26, 2022. If there is dangerously bad weather that evening, the make up day for the Finals will be March 10, 2020. 

  5. Past Grand Prize Winners of the Dayton Battle of the Bands are not eligible to re-apply. 


  1. You MUST register via the band sign up form. There is a sign up form on this website for you to complete in order to be entered.

  2. If you do not register, you will not be allowed to participate in the event. Once the registration deadline has passed, no additional bands will be added.

  3. Registration opens Nov 23, 2021. Subscribe to the mailing list to be notified of updates. Once bands are registered, their submitted performance links will be reviewed by our panel of judges, and the top 24 vote-getters will be entered into the contest. 

  4. There will be a Registration Night at The Brightside where bands can ask questions and register in person. This will take place on Thursday December 2, 2021 from 6-7:30pm. Stop in anytime during that timeframe. You do NOT have to attend registration night in order to participate. Online registration is fine too.


  1. All Battle nights are scheduled on Thursdays. 

  2. The first round of the Battle of the Bands will begin on Thursday Jan 13, 2022.

  3. The competition will be set up as brackets. There will be 4 bands performing each night, with six nights of battles total happening on Jan 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17. 

  4. Only one band from each first round Battle will advance to the finals. 

  5. Battle nights may also be held on additional days. Due to concert schedules, and weather issues the event organizers reserve the right to utilize Thursday Feb 24 as a make-up day.

  6. The Finals will be held at The Brightside on Saturday Feb 26, 2022. If there is dangerously bad weather that evening, the make up day for the Finals will be March 10, 2020.

  7. None of the bands are paid for their performances.


  1. The 2021-2022 Battle of the Bands Finals will be held at The Brightside on Saturday Feb 26, 2022.

  2. Order of performance spots will follow the same blind draw format as the previous rounds.

  3. Set Length: 30 minutes

  4. Voting Format: 100% audience vote with ballots.

  5. More information about the finals will be posted in the weeks ahead.

  6. None of the bands are directly paid for their performances (beyond the prize packages).


  1. Finalists (Winner of each round) - Each finalist get two MAJOR performance opportunities: Performing on the big Ballroom stage at The Brightside on a Saturday night during the finale - AND - a spot opening up for a National Act during the Levitt Pavilion Dayton 2022 Season (to be scheduled). Additionally, one song will be filmed as a video by Sound Valley Dayton for each band's own promotional packages.

  2. Grand Prize Winner — Gets all of the above plus an EP Recording Session at a local recording studio, a merchandise package from Teamwork, and an additional cash prize. (Note: Winners, if they hold an EP release party, must do so at The Brightside.)


  1. Bands are encouraged to promote the via all channels. We will create one Facebook event for each Battle night. Bands will be made admin on that event. We do not want every band making their own FB event and confusing fans. Critical Mass is good, let’s all work together. . Also, if you bring a ton of people to your show, and your fans are going crazy, this can only enhance the overall crowd’s perception of your performance.

  2. Flyers promoting the entire event will be printed with the entire first round schedule on them. These will be available to all of the bands.

  3. The Brightside, Sound Valley Marketing & Venus Child Productions team will work to secure previews with local media outlets each week. All bands are encouraged to do the same.


  1. For all rounds except the Final, a combination of Audience plus Judges votes determine the winner. The Final will be 100% audience vote.

  2. Audience Votes: Each paid admission will receive one ballot. On each ballot you must vote for three bands from that night’s performance. (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place). Please see our sample ballot for a visual reference. Audience votes will make up 50% of the total score, judges vote will make up the other 50%.

  3. Judges Votes: Each night there will be 3 Judges, who have been selected from the regional music community  To see the list of Judges, check out the Judges Bio page. Judges will rotate weekly. If a judge has a relationship with a band or band member, they will not be selected as a judge for that night.

  4. Judges ballots are not available for review.  Each judge's vote will make up 16.67% of the total score, making judges votes worth 50% of the overall score. 

  5. In the event of a tie score, the band that receives the greater number of first place votes from the audience, will advance. If there is still a tie, the amount of 2nd place votes will determine who advances.

  6. Forged ballots will not be counted.

  7. Audience ballots will be available for inspection the following business day at The Brightside. Ballots are only eligible for review by band/band members participating in that prior evening’s event, by the judges or by the local media. General public are ineligible to review the ballots. Reviews must be conducted in the Brightside with a member of our staff present.

  8. Each band will receive a 20 minute set. You should pre-plan your sets accordingly. Set-times are strictly enforced.

  9. Bands are limited to only 1 “one” cover song per set. 

  10. The final outcome of the evening will be weighted by 50% audience vote and 50% judges vote. 

  11. We will tally the votes each evening and announce who advances. The announcement will be made from the stage roughly 30 minutes after the final performance. We will also post the final results on our website the following day.


  1. All bands and equipment must arrive at The Brightside during the designated load in time period noted in your advance (by 6 PM) for load in. You must be on time. 

  2. You ARE permitted to have a sole representative for your band present the band in during the load in period PROVIDED that representative is IN THE BAND. 

  3. Drawing for the evening’s set times will be held promptly at 6 PM.  We strongly encourage ALL band members to be present by 6 PM, because if you draw the first slot, you will be sound-checking immediately. 

  4. Any band that has not arrived at The Brightside by 6:15 PM will be placed last in the order for that night. Any band that has not arrived by 6:30 PM will be disqualified from the Battle of the Bands. Again, there are no exceptions to this rule, the cut off is promptly at 6:30. 

  5. There are 20 minute set-changes allotted. In the event that a set-change runs into the bands scheduled time due to technical difficulties, the following time slots will be adjusted and you will get your full 20 minute time slot. If the set change runs long as a result of an elaborate stage setup, it is at the discretion of the stage manager to either allow the full 20 minutes, or to start the clock before you are ready. No banners or backdrops.

  6. There is NO guest list. There are no wives, friends,  roadies, guitar techs, high school buddies or co-workers. (Band members only!). With that said, other than actual performers, there is NO ONE permitted in the backstage green room area.

  7. All bands must use The Brightside's sound and light engineers. No exceptions.

  8. Each night there will be a stage manager to assist with set-up and tear-down for each band. The stage manager has the final word on all time challenges.


  1. Anyone caught stealing, tampering with or removing any of the The Brightside alcohol inventory, gear or equipment will be disqualified and subject to prosecution.

  2. Anyone damaging any equipment owned by The Brightside or Monika's Sound System Rental are responsible for replacing the equipment at regular price within 10 business days.


  1. Each band’s first round performance date will be announced on January 3, 2022.

  2. Bands cannot switch performance nights once the competition has started. If you have a scheduling conflict you must let us know Registration night. It would be a good idea to bring your upcoming schedule with you.

  3. In the event that you cannot play on your scheduled date, although you cannot be rescheduled once the competition has begun, you must notify us as soon as you know.

  4. Make sure to educate your fans, friends and family to vote for three (3) separate bands. This ensures that we have a way to break a tie.  Any ballot filled out incorrectly will not be counted.

  5. If bands have merchandise, they can sell it at the playoff round.


  1. COVID policies and mandates are changing constantly, and we are doing our best to keep our staff, patrons, and artists safe. Currently, we are asking all staff, patrons, and artists wear a mask upon entry and while moving through the venue (going to bar, bathroom, etc). If they can voluntarily show a vaccination card, a negative COVID test (within 72 hours), or an antibody test, they can take off masks entirely. Any patron can remove their mask while seated and drinking, just like a restaurant. Protocols are subject to change.

  2. For everyone's combined safety, the venue has installed UV-C filtration systems in the HVAC systems to sanitize circulated air.  

  3. The venue, the event organizers, and software providers cannot be held responsible or liable for injuries, illness, loss or damages incurred by artists or patrons while attending these events.