Escapist wins scholarpalooza!

On a hot and sweaty night at The Garage, Escapist were crowned winners of Scholarpalooza! 2019 after a stunning performance that left the judges raving about the strength of their songwriting, their dynamic stage performance and the soaring vocals of singer Mia Deriu.

Huge congratulations to Escapist who win some great prizes including a recording and mixing package with Pavement Studios, a professional photo shoot, and the chance to get on air with our favourite local radio station RTR FM.

A big shout out to the other Grand Finalists Detour, Homebrand, Mitch Ballardin and Ojay who all played brilliant sets, and huge thanks to our judges Carla, Caleb, Sinead and Sasha and our sponsors City of Stirling, WAM, Kosmic Sound and RTR whose support made the event possible.

See you all in 2020.

Escapist, winners of Scholarpalooza! 2019

Escapist, winners of Scholarpalooza! 2019


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, 15 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 now CLOSED for 2019.

Read the full Terms and Conditions HERE .