Bandemonium 2015

When: February 28, 2015 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (past)

Where: Main Stage

The Bandemonium competition will be held at 7.30 pm on the Saturday evening and judged at the end of the event. Musicians are permitted to plug into the sound system in this event.

Each band will be given 10 minutes to set up (including any sound check), 30 minutes to perform and 5 minutes to vacate the stage.

There will be a total of 4 Bands performing on the night. These will be the first 4 bands to have entered. If other entries are accepted they will form a waiting list (in order of entry) and will only perform in the event of a "no-show".

Don't be Late!

In the event that any band is not ready to perform when they are called to the stage, they will be declared a "no show" and cannot perform - even if they show up during a following band's performance. They can, however, add themselves to the end of the waiting list.

At the beginning of (and throughout) the performance, the entire band must be on stage. If any missing members arrive after their band's commencement, they may not join the performance.


The judges will assign points according to the published criteria (below). The highest points score will determine the winning band.

In the event of equal scores, all bands sharing the highest score will be declared "equal winners".

Any prize will be given to the main contact person identified in the entry form - however it is intended that all members of the winning band will share the prize equally.


Judging is by a chosen panel of judges who will assign points according to various criteria. These criteria are:

  • Introduction - 5 points
    Guidelines: clear speaking; title of music; information about the music e.g. the genre, history etc; info about performer.
  • Technical Skills and Abilities - 30 Points 
    Guidelines: instrument in tune with itself, performer sings or plays in tune; rhythmically clear and accurate; performer able to manage tricky bits accurately and comfortably; not obvious mistakes that stall performance; instrument [and/or voice] used effectively.
  • Creativity and Interpretation - 40 points 
    Guidelines: sings/plays musically; plays with correct performance for genre; tells "the story" of the music; dynamically interesting; interaction with audience
  • Judges' Appreciation - 15 points 
    Guidelines: subjectivity - personal opinion of judge about the performance that is over and above the other criteria – i.e. did the judge actually enjoy the performance
  • Overall Performance - 10 points 
    Guidelines: completion on time; acknowledgement of the audience applause; body language during performance;


Points assigned to these criteria are accumulated into a total from all three judges. The band with the highest total is the winner.

The adjudicator will preside in the event of any dispute and be responsible for handling the score sheets and checking score totals.

In all respects, the adjudicator's decision is final.

Judges may (or not) choose to make comments at the prize-giving part of the Gathering, however, judging points for individual criteria will not be published for any band.

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