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Band Or Bust Vol. 2 is back and looking to spotlight the best unsigned talent

At TATC we pride ourselves on showcasing the best in underground and independent talent, which is why we’re incredibly excited about Band Or Bust Vol. 2, alongside premiere Cape Town venue, The House of Machines, and TuneCore, to find the cream of South Africa’s unsigned musical crop.

The winning act of Band Or Bust will walk away with a R10,000 cash prize, 1 Year of Unlimited Music Distribution via TuneCore, career guidance and mentorship from all three judges, a professional photoshoot from TATC, and bragging rights to being the first Band Or Bust winner in 2024. 

Submissions will be judged by Majozi (pop singer-songwriter, guitarist and all-round cool dude), Elle E (rock singer-songwriter, guitarist and all-round kickass woman), and TATC’s editor & founder, Tecla Ciolfi. The 3 judges will pick 6 finalists who will perform in pairs at The House Of Machines on 7, 14 and 21 June, with the finalist being announced at the Band Or Bust final on Friday 28 June at The House Of Machines. 

The winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Entrance is free to all shows.  

Entries are now open and will close on Wednesday 15 May at 5pm. 

The 6 finalists will be announced on TATC on Tuesday 21 May at 3pm.*

*Entries are now closed and the 6 finalists have been announced.

To enter you have to do the following:

  • Email your submission to contact@texxandthecity.com
  • Make sure to include “BAND OR BUST SUBMISSION” and the name of your act in the subject line
  • Your submission must include – a biography, a high res photo, social media handles and most importantly a link for us to listen to your music
  • The music you submit can be an album, EP, or an individual track
  • You can submit links for us to listen to your music on streaming services
  • You can submit unreleased tracks as attachments in your submission

Some Ts & Cs:

  • You cannot enter if you work for or are affiliated with The House Of Machines or TATC
  • You must be an independent musician
  • You must not have an existing deal with any record label
  • The winning act will receive their R10,000 no later than 30 days after the competition
  • The winning act will receive their photo shoot no later than 30 days after the competition
  • You must be available to perform in Cape Town on either 7, 14 or 21 June & then for the final on 28 June
  • If selected as a finalist, musicians are responsible for their own travel & accommodation in Cape Town