Soundwave’s unofficial replacement festival Legion has announced a competition to find 20 rising local acts to add to its 2016 lineup, which already includes the likes of Darkc3ll, DevilDriver and Front Line Assembly.
Legion’s competition wants to find six acts from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and one act from Adelaide and Perth, who will be given the coveted spot on the Legion stage in their home city.
To enter, acts are being asked to submit one song, one music video, a short bio and a photo. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts (including record label executives, music producers, music media experts and Legion organisers) to determine finalists in each state, who will then be voted on by Legion fans.
Festival organisers say the competition’s format will provide an even playing field for all entries. “We made a commitment to support local bands and the local industry and we meant it,” says Legion founder and Devil You Know drummer John Sankey. “We turn to the fans for all major decision making, so why should this be any different?”
To enter Legion’s local band competition, submit all the aforementioned material via the GiggedIn website before 11:59pm on Thursday, 3rd March 2016.
Legion festival was announced in December following the cancellation of Soundwave 2016, and its crowdfunding campaign has seen over $310,000 pledged at the time of writing. The festival is said to be preparing to announce its major headliners shortly, but you can catch its current lineup and dates below.
Watch: 2016 Legion Music Festival Promo
Legion Festival 2016 Line-Up (so far)
Front Line Assembly (CANADA)
Aversions Crown (AUS)
Devil You Know (USA)
Darkest Hour (USA)
Caligula’s Horse (AUS)
Rick Dangerous And The Silkie Bantams (AUS)
Dream on Dreamer (AUS)
28 Days (AUS)
My Secret Circus (AUS) *Mel only
Horrorwood Mannequins (AUS) *Syd only
MofoIsDead (AUS) *Bris only
Saturday, 26th March 2016
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Sunday, 27th March 2016
Venue TBA, Sydney
Monday, 28th March 2016
Venue TBA, Brisbane
Friday, 1st April 2016
Venue TBA, Adelaide (Club mini-festival)
Saturday, 2nd April 2016
Venue TBA, Perth (Club mini-festival)