Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands 2024

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Yankee Homecoming Battle of the Bands

2024 High School Battle of the Bands

High School Battle of the Bands is an exciting annual Yankee Homecoming event that provides strong opportunity for increased exposure and recognition for aspiring young local musicians. Each year local high school students from Newburyport and surrounding towns help kick off Yankee Homecoming week as they compete in the annual Battle of the Bands competition. The 2024 concert competition will take place on Saturday, July 27th starting at 6 pm. Bands perform on the Waterfront Park stage competing for cash prizes and a variety of high visibility and paid performance opportunities including the chance to be the opening act, during one evening of the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert Series.

Battle of the Bands has grown over the years both in terms of band participation as well as fan following and concert attendance. Thank you to Cheryl Munick who has done an outstanding job as the Yankee Homecoming Chair for Battle of the Bands and Cheryl is also Chair of the very popular Waiter & Waitress Races

Come cheer for and support these up and coming local bands as they compete for the High School Battle of the Bands title. If you’re interested in participating, applications must be received by midnight on July 19th. View the 2024 registration form for complete Yankee Homecoming Committee rules and regulations. View the 2024 Battle of the Bands prize details below.

As part of the Battle of the Bands competition rules, one band is accepted on a first come first serve basis from bands who’s members attend school or live in the following cities/towns: Amesbury, Groveland, Merrimack, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury. Bands and solo acts from outside of the local community are eligible to apply after June 27th, up to a maximum of 10 bands/solo acts.


First Prize Bands: 
Featured opening act at a Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Concert
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Yankee Homecoming Parade, Sunday August 4th

Second Prize Bands: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square Stage, Saturday August 3rd

Third Prize Bands:
$100 Cash

First Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet: 
$100 Cash
Paid performance – Market Square, Saturday August 3rd

Second Prize Acoustic Solo/Duet:
$100 Cash

2023 Battle of the Bands Highlights

Battle of the Bands 2023 showcased 10 bands all with exceptional talent and supportive fans, family and friends who braved a sever wind and rain storm. It was an amazing evening despite the weather!

2023 Band Winners:
1st: Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband
2nd: Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport
3rd: Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh

2023 Solo/Duet Acoustic Winners:
1st: Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick
2nd: Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara

1st Place Band – Catching Arrows  @catchingarrowsband

2nd Place Band – Hyperdrive  @hyperdrive_newburyport

3rd Place Band – Stagecraft  @letsplaymusicnh

1st Place Solo Acoustic – Eloise Kirkpatrick  @eloisekirkpatrick

2nd Place Duet Acoustic – Trisha & Thara  @trishaandthara

2022 Battle of the Bands Highlights

2022 Bands Winners:
1st: Vibe Check
2nd: Dune Dogs
3rd: Catching Arrows

2022 Solo Acoustic Winners:
1st: Georgia Siegfried
2nd: PC Walker & Charlie Grossman

2022 High School Battle of the Bands 1st Place Winner – Vibe Check

2022 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade

2021 High School Battle of the Bands in the Yankee Homecoming Parade