Rock Challenge Tasmania

Tasmania's premier youth music event

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Celebrating 25 years of Rock Challenge Tasmania

Rock Challenge Tasmania

Founded in 1989, Rock Challenge is a state-wide College and High School music competition and an iconic event on the student calendar. It is an important stepping stone into the Music Industry for young artists, showcasing local music to the wider community, recognising emerging talent and celebrating youth achievement in contemporary music.

The event consists of a series of three regional heats and a state final. High Schools and Colleges around the state set up their own internal Battle of the Bands to decide who will represent their school. Each act must perform at least one original song and submit a promotional kit (Biography and Digital Image).

Rock Challenge is a non profit event supporting the Tasmanian Music Industry at its grassroots. We rely on business and community sponsorship to make this event happen each year and we welcome your support.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact us at:


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2014 Final Results

2014 Final Results

A huge night at Club 54! Man, that place rocks!! The standard was through the roof this year and I’m sure it was a tough decision for our judges.. The results:...

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North West Heat Results

North West Heat Results

Congratulations to all the acts last night, and what a venue!! Tapas Bar and Lounge put on a great night for us. The acts to go through to the final are: Kingfall...

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Northern Heat Results

Northern Heat Results

It was an amazing night at Club 54 last night! Thank you to everyone involved and congratulations to all the acts, you put on a great show! The acts to advance through...

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Rock Challenge 2013 Results

Rock Challenge 2013 Results

The winners of the 2013 Rock Challenge Tasmania competition have been announced! College Winner: Ursine – Hellyer College Runner Up: Fatty Esther – Hobart...

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Rock Challenge Tasmania Entry Forms

Rock Challenge Tasmania Entry Forms

New in 2014!

Registering your School and Band has never been easier!

Alternatively, you can always register using the downloadable forms in our complete Application Pack if you’d prefer.


Southern Heat - Monday, 3rd of November

Youth Arts and Recreation

44 Collins St, Hobart


Northern Heat – Tuesday, 4th of November

Club 54

39 Cameron St, Launceston


Northwestern Heat – Tuesday, 4th of November

Tapas Lounge Bar

97A Rooke Street, Devonport


Final - Thursday, 6th of November

Club 54

39 Cameron St, Launceston


The latest bands signed up to compete this year

No bands have registered yet this year

View bands from previous competitions

The Rules

The Rules

It is the responsibility of the school to ensure these guidelines are followed:

  • Cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs are strictly prohibited at this event
    Offenders will be removed from the premises
  • Lyrical content and behavior must be appropriate for a student audience
  • A teacher or supervisor must accompany each Act during Sound Check and the Performance
  • High Schools may enter two (2) Band entries and one (1) Off The Rock entry
  • Colleges may enter two (2) Band entries and one (1) Off The Rock entry
  • All acts must perform at least one (1) original song
  • All acts must submit the following via email before the event
    • Registration form
    • Biography
    • Lyrics to original songs
    • Digital photograph
  • Band sizes are limited to eight (8) members. Off The Rock acts are limited to three (3) members
  • All acts must attend a sound check prior to performances (Schedule TBA)
  • Only registrations authorized by the Music Teacher or Principal will be accepted
  • All entrants must be in full-time study. A majority of band members must be enrolled at the High School or College they are representing
  • Rock Challenge will provide a standard backline: 3 Guitar amps, 1 Bass rig and 1 standard 5 piece drum kit
  • No refunds on cancelled entries
  • Rock Challenge reserves the right to cancel or postpone the event and vary performance times, the number of the performances and the venues

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Sponsors & Prizes

Our brilliant sponsors, and the prizes they've put up for grabs