Who gets chosen to play in the Rumble?
Bands that are actively making music and playing out.
Band must have sent music to and gotten played on Boston Emissions on WZLX.
How many bands are chosen each year?
24 bands participate, one guest band is invited to play Finals.
Do bands get paid to play in the The Rumble?
Yes, all bands are paid to participate. No band ever pays to play in the Rumble.
Pay to play sucks.
What are the expectations of participating bands?
Bands are expected to promote their participation in the Rumble.
Bands are given a full explanation of expectations before agreeing to participate.
Who decides who plays?
The Rumble is hosted and organized by Boston Emissions on 100.7 WZLX – formerly heard on 104.1 WBCN.
Show host Anngelle Wood selects bands to participate based on several factors.
Who decides what bands move on?
45 different people participate as judges – that’s 5 people per night, over 9 nights.
The pool is comprised of musicians, media, writers, performers, radio hosts, and members of the music community.
What is the criteria for the Rock ‘N’ Roll Rumble?
Basic criteria for Rumble consideration is listed here. Other considerations apply.
Must be from New England and the online presence must indicate this
Must have released new music within the year — in digital and/or physical form.
Must be actively playing out around the Boston area (once a year at the beach is not active)
Must be working to become established within the local music community – this means you must be making an attempt to promote yourself
Must have a web presence on the most social platforms to include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Band site
Must have streaming music – full songs