Rockn’ to LOCKN’ 2017 Rules

Rockn’ to Lockn’ Battle of the Bands

Official Rules as of 1/11/17


  1. Submission. To enter the 2017 Rockn’ to Lockn’ Battle of the Bands competition, each band must visit Lockn’ Festival’s website at where it will find rules for entry into the competition, as well as details relating to promotion of the competition. From this website, bands will be directed to submit a recording of two original tracks performed by the band through ReverbNation’s Rockn’ to Lockn’ website in accordance with the submission requirements. Entries are due by 5pm on February 11, 2017.
  2. Rules and Parameters
  3. Entrants must be Virginia-based bands, with at least one band member based in Virginia to qualify. Non-Virginia based bands entering fraudulently or otherwise attempting to circumvent the rules will be disqualified.
  4. Only one entry per band. Any band found to have entered the contest under two different names will be disqualified. Any band discovered submitting another’s work as its own will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Consistent with the types of bands performing at Lockn’ Festival, only the following genres of music will be accepted as possible entries into the competition:
    1. Jam
    2. Rock
    3. Americana
    4. Bluegrass/Jam-grass
    5. Funk
    6. Reggae
  1. Submitted applications do not guarantee a slot in the competition.
  2. All entrants MUST be available (11am to 8pm) to perform in the final competition on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia.
  3. The three finalists must be available (10am-2pm) to perform at the 2017 Lockn’ Festival on August 24, 25, 26 or 27th.
  4. Competition
  5. First Round – After closing of submissions on February 11, 2017, members of the Lockn’ Festival team will select up to twenty bands from the eligible pool of entrants based on the criteria set forth in these rules, as well as each band’s overall fit for Lockn’ Festival.
  6. Second Round – On or about February 15, 2017, Lockn’ Festival will announce the twenty First Round finalists and open online fan voting. Fans will vote online through voting channels designated by Lockn’ Festival. Online voting will end on or about March 1, 2017.
  • Third Round – After closing of the Second Round of fan voting, up to twelve Second Round finalists (twelve of the twenty bands who received the highest number of fan votes) will be eligible to continue on to the Third Round of the competition. In the Third Round, each of the twelve Second Round finalists will be assigned to a Virginia-based club to perform live in front of their fans. Attendees will cast their votes in person. The six bands with the highest number of votes will continue forward to the Final Round of the competition.
  1. Final Round – All six of the Third Round finalists must be available to perform at the final competition on June 17, 2017 at Infinity Downs Farm. The bands will perform live in front of a crowd and attendees will cast their votes in person. The three bands with the highest number of votes will be deemed winners of the competition. Bands are encouraged to promote their participation online and at the live events.
  2. Voting
    1. For online voting (Second Round), we limit voting to one vote per person per day to encourage bands to engage their fans to participate in the competition.
    2. For in-person voting (Third and Final Rounds), we limit voting to one vote per person per round.
    3. Voters must be present at the performances to cast their in-person votes.
    4. If a band is found to have paid for votes or engaged in any misconduct in the voting process, the band will be disqualified from the competition.
    5. To the extent there is a tie between finalists in any round, the Lockn’ Festival team reserves the right in its sole discretion to break the tie based on the band it determines to be a better fit for the festival.
  3. Winners. The three final winning bands will each receive a general performance spot at Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia. The specific performance time and stage location will be determined at a later date. The bands will be contacted by phone or email within ten days of the festival with specific instructions and credential information. Each winning band will also receive $500 performance fee.
  4. Bands
    1. Bands may sell merchandise at any of the Rockn’ to Lockn’ competition rounds for a flat buyout fee of $150. Bands are responsible for providing their own sellers and any necessary equipment and may not hold the venue or promoters responsible for any damage to or loss of any equipment or merchandise.
    2. All bands are required to provide all of their own instruments and amplifiers.
    3. Each band retains its ownership rights in its compositions and the recordings of its performances; however, by submitting an entry to compete in Rockn’ to Lockn’, each band grants Lockn’ LLC (and its designees) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute and reproduce its recorded performance, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any promotional purposes, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of Rockn’ to Lockn’, the Lockn’ Festival and any other events related to Infinity Downs Farm. Lockn’ LLC will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
  5. Questions. If you have any questions about these rules, please contact us by email at and please use ‘Rockn’ to Lockn’’ as your subject line.