Breakout Band Contest (Battle of the Bands)


2024 Breakout Band Contest (Battle of the Bands) Line Up


The Malones                     12:00 pm – 12:25 pm

Seven Heads                     12:40 pm – 1:05 pm

Krusher                              1:20 pm – 1:45 pm

Scarlet                                2:00 pm – 2:25 pm


To register, complete the following form and return to Mike’s Music (Registration is now closed)

Application (click here)

Application Process (click here)

Sunday June 9th 12 pm – 3 pm


A total of at least five (5) qualifying bands will earn the opportunity to play a 15  minute set at Walleye Weekend. Each band will load in at 11 am on Sunday, June 9th (a drum kit and sound production will be provided). Qualifying bands will be featured on partnering radio stations.

A winning band will be selected based on a pre-determined set of criteria at Walleye Weekend on
Sunday, June 9 th and that band will win a $500 cash prize and the Walleye Weekend 2024 “Breakout
Band” trophy. Winning band will also have the opportunity to play Walleye Weekend 2025 (Dates: June
6th – 8th, 2025).



Application Process:
All entries must be received by close of business (Mike’s Music), Friday, May 17, 2024. Include the following along with the application

  • Electronic Press Kit (or)
    • 2-3 recorded songs
    • 1 video link (optional)

Drop off in person at:

Mike’s Music & Sound (see website for hours of operation)
Address: 289 N. Main Street, Fond du Lac, WI 54935


Email (form to):


All entries must be received by Monday, May 13th . Bands will be selected through a vetting process that includes a combination of quality of music, choice of music, and energy. The top bands will play at Walleye Weekend 2024 on the Grande Cheese Center & 96.1. The Rock Stage Sunday June 9th, between 12 and 3pm. You will have a maximum of 15 minutes to play and showcase your talents. Bands will be judged on quality of music, originality, appearance, improvisation, and interface with the audience.

Please disclose any professional representation and connections to talent and/or management agencies, etc.


  • Set must include one original song
  • No age restrictions
  • All band members must be from the State of Wisconsin
  • Must be available to play a 15-minute set at Walleye Weekend in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on Sunday, June 9, 2024, between the times of 12pm and 3pm.


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