Scholarpalooza! is back for its third year in 2019 and we are delighted to announce City of Stirling as our new major sponsor. We are also very grateful for the continued support from our regular sponsors RTR FM, Kosmic Sound and WAM.

Scholarpalooza! is an old fashioned battle of the bands competition organised by Rock Scholars and open to any West Australian bands and musicians aged 18 and under, including solo and acoustic acts.

The competition is simple - 20 bands will be shortlisted from the pool of applications, and each will be placed in one heat.  The winner of each heat, plus one wildcard, will go head to head in the Grand Final - and there are some serious prizes to be won!

Bands are judged on a number of criteria including musicianship, stagecraft, songwriting, originality and WOW factor. The winners of each heat will be determined by a panel of independent judges selected from local music industry personnel and community.

All heats will take place at The Garage, giving entrants the opportunity to play on a big stage with professional sound and lighting. These events are All Ages, smoke-free and alcohol-free. The bands and artists are encouraged to invite as many friends and family to watch them as they can - the reaction of the crowd can influence the judges.


Heat #1 - Friday, 18 January
Heat #2 - Thursday, 31 January
Heat #3 - Saturday, 2 February
Heat #4 - Saturday, 9 February
GRAND FINAL - Friday, 22 February

Prizes - Our grand final winners will receive a day of professional recording in a Perth studio, plus a final mix and master of one of your songs; a radio interview and airplay on our favourite radio station RTRFM; a professional photoshoot; complementary membership of WAM and free entry to WAMFEST 2019; with gift vouchers from Kosmic Sound for all heat winners.

Applications are open NOW and close Friday, 4 January unless over-subscribed so don't delay.

Read the full Terms and Conditions HERE and then complete the application form below. If you have photos, video or music files you'd like to send us, we'd LOVE to see them. Mark your email ‘Scholarpalooza!’ and send to

What name will you perfom under?
Contact name *
Contact name
Mobile number is preferred
How would you describe your music?
Tell us who is in your band
What instruments do you play
Tick whatever applies
Tell us a bit about your band - where you met, where you've played, what you like to do
If you have a Facebook or web page, please give us the link
Term and Conditions *
I confirm I've read the Scholarpalooza! terms and conditions and I'm OK with them
If shortlisted, are there any heat dates that you or your band are not available to play?
Tick the dates you are NOT available