Are you our Sound of Summer?

Welcome to O'Neill's infamous Battle of the Bands Live at your Local!

Are you ready for our massive Sound of Summer competition?

We've been on the hunt for budding solo artists, duets and exciting new bands to find the next big thing and now we want YOU to help us decide who is crowned our winner!

With over 200 acts taking part in the first round, we've chosen our regional finalists! The local heats are over and we're starting on the the regional heats which are taking place from 20th July starting at O’Neill’s Liverpool. Check the O'Neill's Facebook page to find out when your regional heat is and pop down to enjoy an evening of great live music whilst sampling our limited edition festival drinks menu.

Regional Dates:

O'Neill's Liverpool - 20th July

O'Neill's Broadstreet - 27th July 

O'Neill's Reading - 27th July

O'Neill's Cardiff - 3rd August

O'Neill's Wardour Street - 10th August

It's going to be an awesome Summer of Sound!

Here at O’Neill’s, we’re renowned for our famous music heritage having played host to a number of superstars over the years, including: Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Manic Street Preachers and Rod Stewart. We love music and have helped careers blossom from the likes of Bible Code Sunday. 

We want to add to add a new stitch to the rich musical tapestry of O'Neill's by helping a worthy and talented new music act to hit the spotlight at a leading UK festival and live up to our legacy as one of the UK's top live music pubs. 

Join the event and have your say in who you believe is the worthy winner of:

£6,000 cash

A slot in the Jägerhaus at a leading UK festival

Studio recording time

A UK tour of O'Neill's


How it Works

The regional heats are taking place between 20th July - 10th August across the country. The regional heat winners will then take each other on in the national final on 24th August at our flagship O’Neill’s Wardour Street - home to the Flamingo Club in the 1960s and host to the Radio 1 Sun Festival with Huw Stevens. 

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Our Festival Drinks Menu

To help get you in the festival spirit, we've crafted our own Sound of Summer festival drinks menu. Whilst you and our panel of expert judges take your seats (more likely, standing/dancing position!) our festival themed drinks will help you to relax during the battle of the bands. 

What are the Judges Looking for?

The regionals are here and our judges are ready to make the big decision on who makes it through to the much anticipated finals! 

But what are they looking for? We've spoken to them to ask for an insight as to what they want to see in their finalists...


Ability to pull off an epic live performance



Bring something we have never seen before

If choosing to play a cover- make the audience believe it is there song

Make sure you come along to your regional final to see which bands make the cut and match this criteria!



Terms & conditions

Full Terms & Conditions can be found here.