The Gundaroo Emerging Muso (GEM) Battle is back!!
So the question is are you the music world’s undiscovered GEM?
Then the Gundaroo Music Festival GEM 2021 battle is for you!

For the past 2 years the GEM battle has seen an array of artists from the region that have showcased a wealth of talent and provided the Gundaroo Music festival with fresh acts to support the festival line up.

GEM follows the ‘battle of the bands’ style model and is open to musicians who will compete through auditions and a semi-final to get the opportunity to showcase their talents– playing off against other finalists in a grand final battle that won’t be forgotten!

The GEM battle raises much needed funds through the heats and finals to give back to those living with MND in the region.

We want to give the opportunity for as many emerging musicians as possible to compete in the heats – so please share this post and help us spread the word! #GMF2021 #GEMbattle #supportMND

How it works

  • Given the ongoing and often changing nature of social distancing requirements during COVID-19, the live auditions, semi-final and grand final battle may be performed via a remote online live streaming performance with appropriate social distancing adhered to. GMF organisers will coordinate with entrants to facilitate online live performances. We are really hopeful though, that where social distancing allows, the performances will all be held at the Gundaroo Colonial Inn.
  • The GEM 2021 Battle is open to all solo/ duo/ multi-member bands who play originals or covers or a combination of both.
  • Entrants will need to be unsigned to a record label but may have a manager and/ or have self-released their music and may have appeared previously at the GMF or any other similar festival.
  • You will submit a video of your best song via a publicly accessible web link (ie Youtube, Vimeo), complete the entry form and agree to the terms and conditions by 14 July 2021.

Download both here:…/2021_GEMS_Entry…

Completion of the entry form and acknowledgement of the terms and conditions (see below) of the GEM Battle are essential to any audition video being considered.

You may be selected to perform in one of four (4) live auditions in August against other successful acts. On the night you will have the opportunity to present a twenty (20) minute set and if selected as the ‘People’s choice’ you will be given the opportunity to present an additional 20 minute set at the end of the night.

Key Dates
Saturday 7 August 2021
Saturday 21 August 2021
Saturday 4 September 2021
Saturday 18 September 2021
Semi-Final 2 October 2021.

  • Three acts will be chosen to participate in the grand final battle on 23 October 2021.

What you get:

  • Opportunity to present a performance in one of the auditions to proceed to the semi-final and grand final at the GMF.
  • Promotion of your participation and performance through our well established social media networks throughout the Yass Valley and Canberra Regions.
  • An opportunity to be one of only three (3) finalist artists/bands to play in the grand final battle and compete for the title of the GMF GEM and a day recording in Infidel Studios.


Click for GEM Entry Form and T’s&C’s