All bands wishing to participate in the Metal Battle, must read the following rules and guidelines. Bands that send in an application automatically agree to the rules and terms.


The Metal Battle is at least a three-phase contest.

There is an initial contest that – if necessary – leads to a national final.
The winner of the Battles will participate in the international final which will take place on the WET STAGE & HEADBANGER STAGE during the W:O:A festival.
Bands have to travel to the heats and finals (including W:O:A) at their own expense. Though there is a chance of involving a sponsor-organization to finance the winner-band.


– bands send applications and those who meet criteria are selected (2 bands per country) for live-battles by the international jury
– preselection live-show is held in Tbilisi, Georgia
– the Final of Metal Battle Caucasus is held to determine a Winner
– only one band goes to Wacken Open Air 2019
– application & material upload deadline: 20.12.2019


The promoters will provide the P.A., backline and the lighting equipment every band will then use.
The promoters provide all lighting and audio engineers.
The bands bring their own instruments such as guitars, bass, keyboards and effect pedals and may also bring and use their own guitar amps.
To keep the changeover times as short as possible, bands with left handed drummers will play as first or last band. All bands have to follow the directions given by the promoters or stage manager.
Semi playback is not allowed. All bands must play live.
The performance time for each band is at least 20 minutes.
If a band overruns its allotted performance-time, then the band-members should be aware of the fact, that in this case their sound will be faded out.
The running order for the concert will be released a few days before the event takes place.

Eric Hutchence
W:O:A MB Caucasus Director