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The date is set and the finalists have been selected – Auckland’s Ding Dong Lounge will be crowning a winner for the acclaimed 2020 Bands Competition at the Grand Final this Saturday 14 November.

With an incredible range of prizes up for grabs, 4 of the greatest up and coming NZ rock acts will battle it out on the stage in what will be a truly unmissable event.

Who will join the ranks of previous winners AnimalheadFallstateDead Beat Boys and Enter Venus? All will be revealed on Saturday night.



Channeled are a four piece rock band made up of three high school music teachers and an ex-student. By bringing a passion for live music, songwriting and performance, Channeled have made a mark with their high energy live shows. 

Having only emerged within the last year, the band released their debut late last year and have a new one out end of November. They give everything they have on stage and in their music.

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White Noise Mafia

White Noise Mafia is a 4 piece heavy alternative rock band established in July 2020 and based in Auckland, New Zealand. The band strives to put on an all-out show with heavy riffs, crushing beats, booming low end and catchy vocals to hook the listener into our performance. We take inspiration from bands such as Linkin Park, Blindspott, BMTH, Slipknot etc. In the long run we hope to leave a lasting impact on the local scene and make a name for ourselves.

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Cafe Fistfight

Cafe Fistfight are New Zealand's leading Cafe-themed Progressive rock band. Dishing out bopping classics like 'Service with a Smile' and 'King Hit Quiche', they confidently blur the lines between subtle acoustic vibes and hard-hitting grooves to form a uniquely impactful sound.

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Glass Throne

Young up-and-comers Glass Throne was formed in August 2018, after all three members met while studying Audio Engineering at SAE in Auckland. Since then Glass Throne has been consistently composing new music and performing around the local Auckland scene. They have released three singles online; The Top, Burn and Ghosts with more releases on the horizon.

The Ding Dong Lounge is Auckland’s premier Rock bar. Together with upstairs live music venue Dead Witch, they play host to a stunning array of local acts every week of the year.

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The Ding Dong Lounge Bands Competition 2020
Grand Final

Ding Dong Lounge, Auckland
14 November 2020


First Place

- Studio Single recording with
Dave Rhodes Productions
- Music Video production with
Francis Wheeler of SIS Studios
- Live multi camera video
- $500 cash from Ding Dong Lounge
- Real Groovy $200 voucher
- Print Package from Pressprint
- Photography package from Zed Pics
- Free Dead Witch venue hire for single / video release party

Second Place

- Live multi camera video
- $200 cash from Ding Dong Lounge
- Real Groovy $100 voucher

The Ding Dong Lounge Bands Competition 2020 is proudly sponsored by Dave Rhodes ProductionsSIS StudiosReal Groovy and Muzic.net.nz.

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