Now accepting submissions: Summerfest again looking for bands for “Land the Big Gig”

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MILWAUKEE — The 5th annual Land the Big Gig music competition is now accepting submissions, giving the nation’s top musical talents the opportunity to win cash prizes and a chance to perform live before thousands of music fans at Summerfest.

Bands, musicians and singer-songwriters may enter the competition by uploading an audio file of an original song to through 11:00 am CDT on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Presented by Summerfest and TapMilwaukee, Land the Big Gig® culminates in a live performance competition before thousands of Summerfest attendees.

Beginning Friday, May 13th at 11:00 am CDT, fans will vote for their favorite acts online. Fans may vote once per day for each of their favorite artists. The fans will decide the top 10 artists and the top three finalists will be decided on by a panel of local music industry leaders on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Finalists will win the opportunity to play at Summerfest June 30th at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard and compete for over $25,000 in cash prizes.

“The local music scene in every city has exploded over the past 5 years. We’re excited to bring this contest to local talent across the country and give them the opportunity to Land the Big Gig,” said Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Senior Director of Marketing, David Ledlie. “A competition like this couldn’t find a better venue than Summerfest, where people all over the world come together to enjoy, discover and celebrate music.”

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” features over 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 11 stages over 11 days, providing an unforgettable live music experience for nearly 850,000 music fans from around the world. For the past 49 years, Summerfest has been Milwaukee’s cornerstone celebration, offering entertainment for everyone along the shores of Lake Michigan.

“We are excited to host Land the Big Gig® for the fifth year at Summerfest and help talented musicians from around the country realize their dreams of performing live in front of a huge crowd,” said Bob Babisch, Summerfest VP of Entertainment. “There is some amazing talent that comes through this competition and it’s great to see the winners get the attention they deserve.”

Last year’s competition spanned the country and almost 300 artists entered for their chance to Land the Big Gig at Summerfest. Fans and contest entrants are encouraged to visit for updates and follow Land the Big Gig on Facebook at and Twitter at