Rockygrass Band Contest

Rockygrass Band Contest

Rockygrass Band Contest

Rockygrass Band Contest

Bands compete around a single microphone for fame and glory - as well as cash and a spot on next year’s main stage lineup. In 2022, the band contest finals will be held on the main stage on Sunday afternoon.

Awards include an invitation to play a set at the 2023 Festival, cash prizes, and more. Past winners of the RockyGrass band contest include Steep Canyon Rangers, Chatham County Line, Town Mountain, Blue Canyon Boys, Front Country, The Railsplitters, RapidGrass, The Wooks, Meadow Mountain and 2019 winners Never Come Down.

2021 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 RockyGrass band contest: The Wildmans from Floyd, VA! They’ll be performing a full main stage set at the 50th (!) Annual RockyGrass (July 29-31, 2022).

A hearty congratulations to all 3 of the finalists who competed on the main stage at the 2021 RockyGrass Festival:

  1. The Wildmans (Floyd, VA)
  2. Red Mountain Boys (Colorado Springs, CO)
  3. The Wrecklunds (Denver, CO)

Registering for the Contest

Registration for the 2022 band contest is now available online.

  • The entry fee is $75 per contest.
  • Since the contests are held inside the festival grounds, all contestants must have either a 3-day pass or single-day tickets for Saturday (the preliminary round) and Sunday (final round). If this is a problem for your band, please call our office at 800-624-2422. We may be able to help.


  • Preliminaries: Saturday, July 30 in the Wildflower Pavilion. Approx 1:30pm.
  • Finals: Sunday, July 31 on the Festival main stage (!). Approx noon.

Rules & Guidelines