Well, TBFM Factor is coming back once again and as always, bigger and better than ever before.
For those who have missed the boat on the last 2 TBFM Factor competitions, here’s what they are about. We are sick and tired of TV reality shows where they undoubtedly hand pick the winners before the competition starts with the obvious ‘if the face fits’ attitude. At TBFM we decided to go down a different route and let the bands win a competition based on their own merits rather than the pretty boy look that can sell records.
So we started an ‘on air’ battle of the bands competition in 2010 where bands register on our website, take part in an on air competition where we play their tracks and listeners vote who is in and who is out. It was an amazing time with a band called ‘Collision Process‘ finally beating the other 131 bands that applied.
In 2012 we upped the anti. We opened up the registration a little bigger with a great prize for the winning band being a record distribution deal with American company ‘Ripple Music’. Other prizes included studio recording time and smaller music prizes. The competition was so fierce in 2012 with the server crashing twice with an overload of votes during the heats and 2 of the 150 bands that made the knock out stages taking around 25% of the 27,000 votes in the final.
The overall winners of 2012 was Welsh rockers ‘Hangfire‘ who will be releasing their new album soon with Ripple Music. They have gone on from winning the competition to amazing things with so many festival bookings this year, an award for album of the year for their previous album ‘Shoot the Crow’ and drummer Matt Blakout also now playing for the amazing ‘Tigertailz‘. It shows that having commitment pays off and it certainly has for Hangfire.
So, how do we top this competition in 2014? Well, we have opened a pre-registration for bands to get their names down early. Actual registration opens on October 31st and will be restricted to 500 bands. We know this is more than 2012 but we do know a lot more bands will be entering as this is the premium of all radio competitions, no question.
Bands will have just 10 weeks to register their band, with pre-registrations getting a bonus of a 5 day head start to register. Once closed, we will not allow any more bands in. We then have to whittle the bands down from 500 to 100 for the knockout stages which will start in February 2014.
The final will be taking place in May 2014 with the winner to be announced on TBFM’s 5th Birthday, May 31st. We have secured some amazing prizes including clothing and string endorsements, a PR package with a very reputable company, record deal (details tbc), festival dates (including support and headline slots) and all 10 bands that make the final of the competition will be part of a compilation album as a digital and physical release (money to charity tbc).
For 2014 we really are making this the best ever. We have some amazing sponsors and supporters on board who will be promoting the hell out of TBFM Factor and getting behind all the bands. We also have a super bonus… We have hand picked 10 judges for the latter stages (semi-finals and final). They are all music industry based and professional and will make up a % of the scores for the bands so that we find the best bands based not just on fans but expert opinions.
Prizes, dates, judges names and sponsors will all be announced during August 2013. We just cannot wait to get started. Its a very exciting opportunity for bands to be part of something like this. Its 100% free of charge for bands to enter and for fans to vote – no catch. So get ready, its gonna be big!
20% of all registration places for 2014 have already been pre-registered. DON’T DELAY, register today!
TBFM Factor Website: http://tbfmfactor.com where bands can pre-register right away!