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Under-18s Battle




Of the Bands

Competition day details:

22nd of July 2023


The Watersplash

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The youth ​band starter ​pack

Join the BOTB experience for the

youth band starter kit.

Shortlisted bands will receive professional photography, videography AND free rehearsal space (subject to availability) for the month leading up to the competition.

To compete, scan the QR code or visit

and apply by the 27th of May.

Band Shortlist announced 10th of June.

The competition day is the 22nd of July,

2-6pm at The Watersplash.

to enter

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The Experience

If your band is included in the shortlist announcement, you will receive a free photography session to help boost your socials before the competition day. You will also be able to rehearse for free at Youth Arts Jersey (subject to availability) from the 10th of June.

On the day of the competition, bands will be asked which song in their set list they'd like to receive professional videography for. Your audio will be taken straight out of the sound desk for you to have an official live performance video!

Bands will be rewarded for stage presence, instrumentality, vocals, originality, and musicianship.

Winners will get 2 tracks professionally recorded and produced.


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OVERALL BOTB 2023 WINNERS, presented by the Jersey Music Association

STAGE PRESENCE "Most Caffeinated Performance", presented by Bean Around the World

ORIGINALITY "Play Your Way", presented by Madhatter

BEST INSTRUMENTALITY "Rock God", presented by Island Music

BEST VOCALS "Velvet Vocals", presented by The Royal Yacht

BEST SUPPORTING MEMBER "Intuitive Listener", presented by The Hearing Healthcare Centre

MOST CREATIVE COVER "Cover Creativity", presented by Music Managed

Competition Awards

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What is the age range of bands encouraged to participate?

If you are aged 14-18, you can compete. Meaning a 14-year-old, and an 18-year-old

can compete.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

The event takes place in the nightclub of the Watersplash. It is wheelchair accessible,

with an accessible toilet, also.

Can my children attend unsupervised?

We do not offer any supervision of children. Children under the age of 13 should

have the appropriate supervision of any other live music event. Anyone under the age

of 18 cannot attend the afterparty.

Is there a restriction on instruments?

BOTB will try to be as accommodating as possible. However, there are limits on

what we can provide. After applying, shortlisted bands will be contacted about

their performance requirements.

Will the event be ticketed?

The event will be free to attend. However, the venue has a capacity of 200 which

the audience will be capped at. Attendees will be encouraged to donate and fundraise

for next year's competition. The Afterparty is ticked at £7.50 per person. Details of which

are below.


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Thank you to our local sponsors...

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Tote Bag Customisation

Artists: Ali Robinson, Heather Brown, Aaron McMullen and Elliot Moignard

This free tote bag customisation session will run for a couple of hours and is a great opportunity for families and individuals to get creative with art in a chill environment. Led by RampArts Jersey, this session allows participants to use their own initiative or receive guidance, in using fabric pens, patches, pompoms, badges and imagination, to customise their own tote bags, which they get to take home and keep! Drop in and get creative with us upstairs at the Splash!

Time: 13.00 onwards - if we run out, we run out!

Not only will we have amazing performances by young musicians, but also plenty of arts and crafts for all to enjoy!

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Graffiti Wall Activity

Artists: Kelly Eastwood, Leo Carney, Barney de la Cloche, Ricardo Santos

RampArts Jersey will host a fun and unique graffiti and street art activity over two hours, totally free! You will learn to use the medium of spray paint, working together to create a graffiti mural using tools like stencils, markers and more, all guided by an experienced graffiti workshop artist. Find us located at the Splash entrance, and get stuck in!

Time: 17.00-19.00


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The Under-18s Battle of the Bands is an initiative led by Jessica Donoghue on behalf of the Jersey Music Association. Our aim is to deliver an annual grassroots event to provide an entryway for young bands into the local music scene.

Smaller fundraising gigs will take place throughout the year to continue providing performance opportunities for young bands, and encourage the cross-over and sense of community between already established bands, and new ones.

Give Jersey's talented young bands a place to rock out!

Jessica Donoghue

Martin Coxshall

Jared Crespel

Francis Murton

The Team

Melissa Donoghue

Alex Quintal

Sofia Pesco

Andrew Lin

Annette Blanchet

Philly Le Feuvre

Zak Langlois

Gitte-Maj Donoghue

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To find out more or join our mailing list, visit

What is the Jersey Music Association?

The Association was founded in January 2021 as a voice for the musical ​community in Jersey, in particular:

1. To foster communication between all those involved in music in Jersey.

2. To be a voice for the musical community in Jersey.

3. To engage with Government on all matters related to music in Jersey.

4. To support the development of music, musical opportunities and ​musicians in Jersey.

5. To build a positive framework for the future of music in Jersey.

Since it was formed the Association has attracted support from ​hundreds of performers, teachers, composers who live and work in ​Jersey.

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BOTB Over-18s



Venue: The Watersplash

Doors open: 9.00-11.30pm


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