Battle of the Bands

2020 Winners

The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Battle of the Bands competition has been a long-standing community favorite and we’re fortunate to continue the tradition virtually! Over the years we’ve seen phenomenal talent in our community. We’re proud to be a platform for them.

This pandemic has been challenging for many reasons and we hope you’ll find joy and inspiration through their music.

We’re proud to announce the 2020 Winners! Please enjoy their video submissions.

The Illusions - 1st Place

Headlining the 2021 Main Stage

The Illusions are a teen rock band from the South Bay who play classic rock from the 70’s - present. The Illusions song lists include hits from the iconic Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Pat Benatar, Ozzy Osborne, and a host of others. This group of energetic musicians originally put together at Coast Music. The Illusions have played at venues across the South Bay, including EUREKA!, Saint Rocke, and Suzy's. They also play at local schools, carnivals, and other events, such as Hermosa Valley, Alta Vista, The Hermosa Safety Fair, and Fiesta Hermosa, The Richstone Beach Party and more.

Scream Revolution - 2nd Place

Headlining the 2021 South Stage

Scream Revolution is a band of 13-15 year old middle school and high school musicians who met at School of Rock South Bay LA in Redondo Beach. They have hit several stages together including Saint Rocke, The Troubadour, Stomping Grounds Music Festival, Zebulon, The B2 Battle of the Bands, The Standing Room, DiPiazza's, and Kitecta Plaza where they opened for the Chargers football game. Scream Revolution covers songs from the 80s to the present. They have released their first single titled "Babygirl" available on all music platforms. Scream Revolution is a socially-minded band that raises awareness about human rights and civil rights issues.

Thank you to everyone who participated!


Finalists

Thank you to all of the bands who submitted their entries. We will leave the finalists on the website for your continued enjoyment.

The Illusions

The Illusions are a teen rock band from the South Bay who play classic rock from the 70’s - present. The Illusions song lists include hits from the iconic Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Pat Benatar, Ozzy Osborne, and a host of others. This group of energetic musicians originally put together at Coast Music. The Illusions have played at venues across the South Bay, including EUREKA!, Saint Rocke, and Suzy's. They also play at local schools, carnivals, and other events, such as Hermosa Valley, Alta Vista, The Hermosa Safety Fair, and Fiesta Hermosa, The Richstone Beach Party and more.

Scream Revolution

Scream Revolution is a band of 13-15 year old middle school and high school musicians who met at School of Rock South Bay LA in Redondo Beach. They have hit several stages together including Saint Rocke, The Troubadour, Stomping Grounds Music Festival, Zebulon, The B2 Battle of the Bands, The Standing Room, DiPiazza's, and Kitecta Plaza where they opened for the Chargers football game. Scream Revolution covers songs from the 80s to the present. They have released their first single titled "Babygirl" available on all music platforms. Scream Revolution is a socially-minded band that raises awareness about human rights and civil rights issues.

Surge

Surge - What happens when 3 young musicians meet who have a mutual and deep love for Van Halen, Rush, Tool and Alice in Chains? And then they forge a friendship based on making new music? You get SURGE, a teenage power trio! These SoCal rockers are dedicated to bringing authentic Rock music back into popularity.... and to the masses. Kick back, drink them in and feel the power of Surge!

Youthanize

Youthanize is an Alternative/Classic Rock cover band. Although they are small in size, They are big in sound. At the tender ages of 11-14, they play and perform like seasoned musicians. They have taken the stage at places such as House of Blues, Rainbow Bar and Grill, The Viper Room and DiPiazza’s to name a few. Watching these musicians captivate their audience will leave you confident that rock music is still very much alive. While most children at this age are consumed with video games, the members of Youthanize are dedicated to rehearsing and mastering their craft by studying under some of the entertainment industry’s leading “it” guys.

The Meerkats

The Meerkats are from Hawthorne and consist of three brothers and their two friends. The following song is a cover of Cough Syrup by Young and the Giant from The Meerkats last live performance at Patrick Molloys in Hermosa Beach in February of 2020 just before lockdown. The Meerkats play multiple instruments and all members sing. With Colin Glenn out from behind the drums to sing lead vocals, accompanied by Nick Rendon on backup vocals and bass, Aidan Delaney on guitar, and Shane Delaney on drums, here are The Meerkats playing Cough Syrup to a packed house at Patrick Molloy’s