After over 17,000 entries and months of voting, we are thrilled to present the finalists! These bands will play the Vans Warped Tour mainstage in their respective cities and will be in the running to win our grand prize –  a 3-song EP produced by multi-platinum producer John Feldmann, $10,000 worth of gear from Guitar Center and much more.

“Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands was a game-changer for me. That contest is the reason I was able to make the move from Nebraska to L.A. and start this 15 year odyssey of a career.” – James Valentine of Maroon 5

Listen to a Spotify playlist and learn a bit more about each one below. Previous participants in the contest, like PVRIS and James Valentine, have gone on to have massive success.  Pay attention to these bands now because they could very well be headlining in the future!


Salt Creek – Lincoln, NE

Bonners Spring (Kansas City), KS | Cricket Wireless Amphitheater | July 27

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Auspicious – Fort Smith, AR

Dallas, TX | Gexa Energy Pavilion | July 28

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The Night Of – Austin, TX

San Antonio, TX | AT&T Center | July 29

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Fear and Wonder – Houston, TX

Houston, TX | NRG Park | July 30

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The Grave Aesthetic – El Paso, TX

Las Cruces, NM | New Mexico State University | August 1

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TheAnimalInMe

San Francisco, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre | August 4

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Alive and Well – San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA | Qualcomm Stadium | August 5

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RomanceAndRebellion – Los Angeles, CA

Pomona, CA | Pomona Fairplex | August 6

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Riviera – Morgantown, PA

Pittsburgh, PA | First Niagara Pavilion | July 14

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INVENTURE – Asbury, NJ

Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center | July 15

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Awake At Last – Dover, DE

Columbia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavilion | July 16

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4 Door Theatre – Cleveland Heights, OH

Cuyahoga Falls (Cleveland), OH | Blossom Music Center | July 18

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Mascots – Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center | July 19

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The Almost Heroes – Noblesville, IN

Indianapolis, IN | Klipsch Music Center | July 20

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Silver Age – Temperance, MI

Detroit, MI | The Palace of Auburn Hills | July 21

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The Burst and Bloom – Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL | Hollywood Casino Amphitheater | July 22

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Villain of the Story

Shakopee (Minneapolis), MN | Canterbury Park | July 23

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Dreamhouse

Milwaukee, WI | Marcus Amphitheatre | July 24

Hold Close – Springfield, MO

St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino | July 26

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Zoume – Brooklyn, NY

Wantagh, NY | Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre | July 8

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Eyes On Satellites – Lowell, MA

Hartford, CT | Xfinity Theatre | July 9

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Send Request – Nanticoke, PA

Scranton, PA | The Pavilion at Montage Mountain | July 10

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Arm The Witness – Richmond, VA

Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre | July 11

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Hello Atlantic – Providence, RI

Mansfield (Boston), MA | Xfinity Center | July 12

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A Story Inspired – Buffalo, NY

Darien Center (Buffalo), NY | Darien Lake PAC | July 13

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All That Matters – Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA | Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood | June 29

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A Hero’s Fate – Orlando, FL

Orlando, FL | Tinker Field | June 30

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Up From Here – New Iberia, LA

St. Petersburg (Tampa), FL | Vinoy Park | July 1

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Intervention – New Iberia, LA

West Palm Beach (Miami), FL | Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre | July 2

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Eyes Eat Suns

Wilmington, NC | Legion Stadium | July 4

Never I – Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte | July 6

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18th & Addison – Toms River, NJ

Camden, NJ (Philadelphia, PA) | BB&T Pavilion | July 7

Tidelines – Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA | Century Link North Lot | June 16

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THE WITHOUT – Portland, OR

Salem, OR / Oregon State Fairgrounds / June 17

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Painting Promises

Albuquerque, NM | Balloon Fiesta Park | June 21

Colten Hood

Phoenix, AZ | Phoenix Events Complex | June 22

Tonight We Fight – Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV | Hard Rock Hotel | June 23

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ImAlive

Salt Lake City, UT | Utah State Fairpark | June 24

False Report – Denver, CO

Denver, CO | Pepsi Center | June 25

Driftwood Exile – Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN | Tennessee State Fairgrounds | June 27

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Arborist – New Iberia, LA

New Orleans, LA | Port of New Orleans (Mardi Gras World) | June 28

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