's 2014 Are You Local? contest

VITA.MN | Updated 3/17/2014

We're in search of the best new band in the Twin Cities. Finalists will play our showcase concert and be profiled in, with one lucky winner headed to South by Southwest!

What is Are You Local?'s fifth annual contest to discover the best new local band!

How does it work?

Are you a new band, or maybe a great yet-to-be discovered local band? Nominate your band now at!

If you're not in a local band, but know of a great one, we need you to encourage them to enter. On Feb. 13, up to five finalists will be selected from all nominees to play's "Are You Local?" show on Thursday, March 6 at First Avenue, where one of the finalists will be crowned best new local band.

Can I still play if the contest has already started?

Yes. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 10, 2014.

Are there prizes?

Yes. In addition to playing the "Are You Local?" showcase on March 6, each of the finalists will be profiled in The winning band will take home even more goodies, including a spot in the and First Avenue music showcase during the 2014 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday, Mar. 14. We'll also include a travel stipend to help you get down to Texas.

Past winners:

2010: Bight Club. 2011: The 4onthefloor. 2012: Prissy Clerks. 2013: Carroll.