WVF 48.5 Battle of the Bands

Old Memorabilia from past Battles of the Bands

Every year at Winfield you can see some amazing bands playing in the campground at the Walnut Valley Festival. Some performers are on the smaller stages scattered around, but others are jamming at camp sites or along the side of the road as you wander the grounds.

We thought we would bring some of the flavor of that to our virtual festival by bringing back a VERY OLD institution—the Battle of the Bands!  (In the early years of the festival there was a battle of the bands as a separate contest. The competition was discontinued as the individual instrument competitions grew)

Bands are invited to send us the link to a YouTube video of their band playing 3 songs. The video must be titled as (Your Band Name) WVF 48.5 Battle of the Bands entry. We’ll link to it, we’ll post your band’s donate info along with it, and we’ll let folks vote (by donating to WVF 48.5) for you as the winner of the virtual BATTLE OF THE BANDS.

Votes will be taken until midnight on Friday, September 18.

The winner will be announced in a live stream on Sunday, September 19. Winner will be invited to become part of the lineup to play on the interior at our 49th Walnut Valley Festival in 2021.

Band registration is open August 11th - September 11th!

Girl playing ukulele
Man playing a guitar

See below for rules and registration


Participating bands cannot have been featured, currently or in the past, as part of the official lineup at the Walnut Valley Festival.

Submissions must be recorded in a live setting with no backing tracks. A melded video, a la Acapella, is also acceptable for submission.

Original works are expected. Artists are responsible for securing rights to songs not original or in public domain. The band’s style of playing and selection of material should be in keeping with the flavor of the Walnut Valley Festival, including its commitment to keep the event family friendly.

All entries must be submitted by midnight on September 11. Links to videos will be embedded in the official page from the top in the order they are received. This means that the earlier you get in your entry, the closer to the top of the page your band will be.

Registration for Battle of the Bands is now Closed.

Be sure to watch all of this year's bands and vote for your favorites!

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