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In collaboration with Captain Toms, and Kenny’s Music, we are thrilled to announce ERUPTION 2016, a battle of the bands competition open to all performers within Aberdeen City & Shire aged 18 and over. Together we have amassed a £2,000 CASH prize, winner takes all! More sponsors are actively being sought, so the prize fund may even increase…


ERUPTION 2016 has been launched to stimulate interest in grassroots music within North East Scotland. Together with your help, we intend to showcase just how deep and diverse the local talent pool is.


Heats will be held on weekends throughout June, July, August, and September. The semi-finals and the finals will take place in January. The final will be televised by Live At Captain Toms. The deadline for entries is 1st August 2016, and slots may be limited by available dates.


Each show will take place from 8pm-11pm and consist of 4 bands, playing for 30 minutes with three 20 minute changes. Comprehensive backline will be provided to facilitate short intervals, but performers are welcome to take along their own amps, pedals, snares, etc, and drummers will be expected to use their own cymbals.


Judging will be by a panel. For the heats we’ll endeavour to ensure that these panels are as independent and objective as possible. Celebrity judges will be drafted in for the semi-finals and finals.


Points out of 10 will be awarded for:

technical ability
audience engagement

To arrive at a potential maximum score of 50.


Bands competing in the heats will be awarded a score. Bands are welcome to enter multiple times, in order to better their score. Scores are not cumulative. The 16 bands with the highest scores will be entered into the semi-finals, which will be decided by knockout, with one band from each semi-final progressing into the grand final.


A door charge of £4 will be in effect for each heat. There will be no free admissions. This is a contest, so there will be no payment for performing, however each band will be provided with 10 free tickets, which they can opt to sell or otherwise distribute as they see fit. Krakatoa will absorb all show costs.


Please email hen@krakatoa.bar if you’d like to enter.


Any sponsors seeking to come on board please email flash@krakatoa.bar



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Fri 10 June - ERUPTION heat #1: SILVER BY SKYLINE + SPORKZ + UNF + WHERE'S THE FEMALE ZOMBIES? - https://www.facebook.com/events/953022918128987/

Sat 11 June - ERUPTION heat #2: DAMMERS DELI + DEATH WATCH + FULL CIRCLE + SOLQUIN - https://www.facebook.com/events/1705099873072095/


Fri 17 June - ERUPTION heat #3: ATTACK PATTERN DELTA + CLEANSE THE HIVE + FLAXMAN + WINSTON SMITH - https://www.facebook.com/events/994641153966315/

Sat 18 June - ERUPTION heat #4: FIRST ORDER + FRELSI + MILK INTERFACE + PASADENA MILKSHAKE - https://www.facebook.com/events/131076573973059/


Fri 24 June - ERUPTION heat #5: bands to be confirmed - DETAILS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050517848353877/

Sat 25 June - ERUPTION heat #6: bands to be confirmed - DETAILS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050517848353877/


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In collaboration with Captain Toms, Kenny’s Music, Enjoy Music Festival Aberdeen, and The Evening Express, Krakatoa is thrilled to announce the FINAL of our battle-of-the-bands, 'ERUPTION'. 
£2,500 CASH prize, winner takes all!


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In collaboration with Captain Toms, Kenny’s Music, Enjoy Music Festival Aberdeen, and The Evening Express, Krakatoa is thrilled to announce the FINAL of our battle-of-the-bands, 'ERUPTION'. 
£2,500 CASH prize, winner takes all! 

Non Ticketed Gig
GIG 7pm-11pm £5 (£4 student) 
free entry 11pm-12am
NEON LOUNGE 12am-3am £3 (student £2)
See you here! #discovertiki #divebar

FRI 10 FEBRUARY - KRAKATOA proudly presents:
(Early start, first act onstage 8pm sharp - note: running-order to be chosen by chance on the night)


Winners of semi-final #1 = SONIC BUCKER
A duo from Aberdeen with a sound that has been described as ZZ Top playing The Dead Weather’s 'Sea of Cowards' album. With a style rooted in hooks and riffs, like the great bands that came before them, this is a homage the band aren’t afraid to pay.

Winners of semi-final #2 = FAR
Rock, soul, jazz, funk, reggae, folk and world influences (including Latin, African) inspire this great alternative band, who've been playing all over the country and introducing themselves to festival crowds over the past couple of years.

Winners of semi-final #3 = THE MALPASO GANG
A classy five-piece country and western band, on a mission from God (AKA Hank Williams) to bring our infectious brand of alt. old country to the masses. Dancing (and howling at the moon) are guaranteed.

Winners of semi-final #4 = FULL FAT
Brilliant alt.blues trio, inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Thin Lizzy and Elvis. You'd be mad to miss this.


11pm - 3am NEON LOUNGE

A nocturnal refuge for the free spirited, an incandescent Dionysian antidote to clubbing.

See you here! #discovertiki #divebar

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Our Sponsors:

Captain Toms

Kenny’s Music

Enjoy Music Festival Aberdeen

The Evening Express


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A huge thanks to everyone who came along last night, all the bands who took part in Eruption, to the sponsors, and especially to the finalists who competed last night (in alphabetical order):

Full Fat
Sonic Bucker
The Malpaso Gang

It was a great gig, and only 2 points separated the 4 bands. Congratulations to Far, the overall winner.

This city has a wonderful, diverse, vibrant, and thriving music scene. Let's each continue doing our bit to keep it that way!


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