Land Shark Lager’s Battle of the Bands

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This is your chance to be promoted and ranked alongside some of the top artists in the music business! Jump-start your career from beach bum troubadours to the ultimate island rock stars this summer and enter Land Shark Lager’s Battle of the Bands. Powered by Rhapsody, Battle of the Bands is a cross-country competition judged by fans, peers, experts and distant friends – enter for a chance to win and make this your band’s best year ever.

Grand Prize Winner

The winning band will receive a promotional prize pack (valued at over $100,000), including a full-page Land Shark feature in Rolling Stone magazine. The total package includes:

  • Full-page Land Shark advertorial in Rolling Stone magazine
  • A digital distribution deal with reapandsow that will get your music onto dozens of digital retail sites, as well as an opportunity to sell your Battle of the Bands performance as a Rhapsody Originals digital EP
  • An upgraded Rhapsody artist page, including an interview, album reviews, photo, bio, blurbs, and a "Celebrity Picks Playlist" chosen by you
  • Two million banner ads to promote your new release across and
  • Haier Ibiza MP3 Players and 1-year Rhapsody To Go subscriptions for your entire band

The 12 Finalists

Twelve finalists will be chosen by celebrity judges to compete at one of three live events across the country and will receive:

  • $500 travel stipend
  • 1-year Rhapsody To Go Subscriptions for your entire band

Here’s How it Works

Round 1: Bands have from June 5 – July 1 to join the competition by submitting their Electronic Press Kit (EPK). Band will choose whether they would want to perform in Chicago, Nashville or Austin should they be chosen as Finalists. All submitting bands who meet Land Shark Lager’s eligibility criteria will be entered into voting. Starting approximately July 16th, bands try to generate as many votes as possible on the Land Shark BOTB hub, which will feature your band's photo, bio and favorite tune. Bands can spread the word everywhere: via their website at their gigs, radio interviews and more. At the end of that period, the 60 bands with the most votes (20 bands from each location) will move on to the next round.

Round 2: A panel of music executives from Rhapsody and representatives from Land Shark will choose their 4 favorite bands from each market (Chicago, Austin and Nashville) to compete in the semi-finals (Round 3). The top 12 finalists will be announced on or around August 28.

Round 3: The competition heats up as the top 12 bands compete at one of three live events across the country:

  • Chicago, IL: Sept. 17, 2009
  • Nashville, TN: Sept 24, 2009
  • Austin, TX: October 9, 2009

Round 4: We’ll film your entire set at the live event. A video of your best performance will be featured on the Land Shark BOTB hub. From approximately October 23 – November 23, fans will vote on their favorite act. The band with the most votes from among all the bands that competed in Round 3 will be announced the winner!

Let the fin begin!

Land Shark Lager is a refreshing, island style lager brewed by Margaritaville Brewing Co. in Jacksonville, FL. Like Margaritaville, Land Shark Lager is about good times, good friends, good food, and a great party on the beach. To learn more, visit Always keep your Fins Up! Drink responsibly.

Please note: If you are a new member signing up for Sonicbids, please make sure to complete your EPK after you submit. The bio and photo you upload into your EPK will be used in online voting.

All members of submitting acts must be over 21 years of age and U.S. Citizens. Bands in California are not eligible (see contest rules). Finalists will receive a $500 travel stipend but are re