Rockschool Presents Battle of the Bands, 2018

September 2018 will see the release of Rockschool’s brand new suite of Guitar, Bass and Drums books (Debut – Grade 8).

With 174 new tracks, from 100 of the greatest artists of the last 7 decades - this latest release is our most exciting, adventurous and musically comprehensive project to date!

To celebrate the release, RSL will be hosting a ROCKSCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BANDS event in London (venue tbc) on the 20th and 21st September and Manchester 27th September 2018. Members of the UK press and music industry reps present as both judges and attendees.

There will be talks, sessions, food, drink and of course – music! What’s not to like?

The Competition

Round 1

Entrants must post their recorded band performance through a Facebook or Instagram account with the addition of#RockschoolGBD18.

Round 2

Rockschool panel will select 4 bands where they will be invited to the Battle of the Bands venue.

The selected 4 bands will attend the Battle of the Bands event where each group must perform a track from Rockschool’s 2012-2018 syllabus from grades 3, 5 or 8 (only). Winners will be selected by an impartial panel on the date of performance.

 Round 3

The selected 4 bands will battle it out at the live event where an ultimate winner will be announced.


To enter for Round 1 and to be considered for inclusion in the event, simply record your band performance on a devise of your choosing and post via your Facebook or Instagram account with the addition of the hashtag #RockschoolGBD18.

Each group entry must perform a track from Rockschool’s 2012-2018 syllabus from grades 3, 5 or 8 (only). Entrants of all ages and abilities are welcome – so if you’re a private tutor, school, college, music hub; or just a group of friends who think you have what it takes – then simply follow the instructions below to enter!

Successful bands from Round 1 will be contacted by RSL to inform about the next round (Round 2, Live Event on 20th, 21st and 27th September 2018).

Please note: if you would prefer to send a video to us directly, simply attach an MP4 file to an email and send to: marketing@rslawards.com

or complete the form here

The Battle

Our judging panel will be grading the performances from the Guitar, Bass and Drums players, but if any entrant would like to include other members for their performance, then just let us know and we will make the appropriate arrangements for you.

We will be looking for accuracy, flare, stage presence and innovations of all kinds, so if you want to add pedals, effects or some flamboyant outfits into the mix – then more power to you!

We have partnered with world-renowned instrument manufacturers which will be presenting prizes to the winning act on the night. The specifics of the prizes will be announced shortly before the event; but we can assure you there will be something awesome for each of the winning guitarists, bassists and drummers.

The Tracks

The tracks permitted for entry are:

Grade 3                       

  • Overrated
  • Old Bones Blues
  • Indecisive
  • Maiden Voyage
  • Rasta Monkey
  • Fallout

Grade 5

  • Geek
  • Rollin’
  • Do Balanco
  • Tiberius
  • Smack Talk
  • Slam Dunk Funk

Grade 8

  • Meet Darth Ear
  • Mind the Gaps
  • Lead Sheets
  • Freightshaker
  • Nosso Samba
  • Dark Matter

The Rockschool Band

Our very own house band will also be performing playing material from each of the new syllabuses.

If you would like to be considered for entry, register your interest

With preparations already underway, we’re all super excited here at RSL HQ and can’t wait to meet you all, exchange ideas on all things music, and hear some awesome live performance in the process.

Terms & Conditions

  • All entries for ROUND 1 must be posted on social media accounts using #rockschoolGBD18 or submitted directly using the form above or emailing marketing@rslawards.com
  • Open to UK residents only
  • All entries for ROUND 1  must be submitted by 17:00 on Friday, 7th September 2018.
  • All direct entries must be in MP4 video format only and sent to marketing@rslawards.com
  • RSL does not take any responsibility for the content of posts on personal accounts including misspellings or any other post related errors.
  • All band members must be available all day on the 20th/21st September 2018 London event.
  • All band members must be available all day on 27th September 2018 Manchester event.
  • A total of 4 bands will be selected from ROUND1 for the London event (ROUNDS 2&3)and 4 bands will be selected for the Manchester event. ( ROUNDS 2 &3).
  • The selected bands for Round 2 will be notified directly using the contact details provided or messaged via the social media channel submitted as part of the application.
  • If you have not been contacted directly by a member of the RSL staff, please assume that you have not been successful. RSL cannot provide direct feedback to bands that have entered.
  • The judging panel is selected by RSL but does not have any influence on the final selections or winning band.
  • Transport to/from the event(s) will be covered by RSL (within reason) and food and beverage will be provided during the event. Any other expenses outside of items stated will not be covered by RSL.
  • The competition is not open to RSL staff and their family members, or someone that has previously been employed
  • RSL reserves the right in their absolute discretion to extend the closing date for a reasonable period of time where an insufficient number of the entries received have satisfied the entry and judging criteria.
  • The winner will be selected by an impartial panel on the date of performance.
  • Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • RSL reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event in the unlikely case of a cancellation selected attendees will be contacted via email.( please note this may be at short notice).
  • Prizes will be announced on the event day.
  • We take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.