Calling All A Cappella Groups! You are Invited to compete in A Cappella Armageddon

A Cappella Armageddon

An exciting new Competition for Collegiate A Cappella Groups Presented by Bristol Recording Studios

Bristol Recording Studios, New England’s premier recording studio, with 25 years experience working with a cappella groups, presents A Cappella Armageddon, New England’s newest a cappella competition! The first annual A Cappella Armageddon incorporates the best of LIVE a cappella performances and the thrill of cutthroat competition to reward one group with national recognition and some amazing prizes! It seemed like a good time to bring a fresh, alternative approach to the arena of a cappella competition, so the team at Bristol Studios created A Cappella Armageddon

Every group that registers will get their chance to prove themselves in a live performance preliminary round held at Bristol Recording Studios in Boston in front of a judging panel of vocal and a cappella professionals and a cappella fans. Groups can also have their fans vote online to bolster their chances of winning!

“We’ve worked with so many a cappella groups over the years and we seem to work with more every year, we wanted to give back to the a cappella community.  This also offers an opportunity for groups to win a substantial amount of recording time doing something that they love,” says Jason Blaske, studio manager of Bristol Recording Studios.  “We’re really excited about this competition. It provides provides a fresh alternative to the many great a cappella competitions out there and it’s really cool that we’re able to host the Final Showdown at the Middle East, which is such a historic rock club.”

A Cappella Armageddon is the newest collegiate competition offering Boston area a cappella groups a great opportunity to perform and compete for some fantastic prizes!,” says Amy Metcalf of CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society of America), “Good luck to all the groups!.”

If you think your group has what it takes to battle with the best and want a shot at some amazing prizes, read on and find out more below.  

We look forward to seeing you in the A Cappella Armageddon arena!

A Cappella Armageddon Competition Details:


Registration is open now to collegiate a cappella groups. The fee is $20 per group. Registration is online at (top of this page). Registration deadline is MIDNIGHT(EST) Friday October 28th, 2011. Groups will be contacted after they register about scheduling a live performance in the Preliminary Round at Bristol Recording Studios, 169 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, on November 45 or 6th2011.


Preliminary Round Held At Bristol Recording Studios On November 4, 5, 6th, 2011

Every group is required to perform live at Bristol Recording Studios to compete in the Preliminary Round. Groups are scheduled in 15 minute increments. Group members are welcome to invite fans to view their performance as well as come early and stay late to watch other groups perform. 

Each group will have 10 minutes to perform for the judges. Judging criteria is listed below. Groups will perform without the use of microphones, a sound system, or effects.

Online fan voting will count as 10% of your final score in the preliminary round. 

Fans can vote in the ONLINE VOTING FORM found on this page

Fans can vote one time only.  A valid email address is required. Fan voting will increase your chances of moving into the Final Showdown.


The top eight groups will be announced Friday, November 11, 2011

Eight groups will be chosen as winners of the Preliminary Round and will progress into the Final Showdown.

Each group will be contacted and invited to perform at the Final Showdown on December 4, 2011 at the Middle East Nightclub (Downstairs), Cambridge, MA. 

If your group is selected as one of the top eight, this is your time to gather your fans and prepare for the Final Showdown, as crowd response counts for 25% of the judging!

Tickets to the Final Showdown are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The show is all ages. All performers will have free entry to the show. 


Final Showdown is on December 4, 2011 1:00pm – 4:00pm
The Final Showdown will be held at the Middle East Nightclub (Downstairs) 470-480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge on December 4, 2011. The eight winning groups from the preliminary round will have 15 minutes of performance time to wow the judges and the crowd. First, second, and third place winners will be chosen and announced on the spot.The Final Showdown will feature industry judges, including a representative of CASA (Contemporary A Cappella Society of America).Contemporary A Cappella Society of America).



Grand Prize Package:
• 25 Hours Studio Time at Bristol Recording
 Studios,169 Massachusetts Ave, Boston (Includes engineer/producer)
• $500 Gift Certificate to Daddy’s Junky Music
• Spotlight article in the Bristol Recording Studios’ newsletter
• A opening slot at an upcoming Bristol Entertainment event 

• More prizes TBA!

2nd Place Prize Package:
• 10 Hours Studio Time at Bristol Recording Studios, 169 Massachusetts Ave, Boston (Includes engineer/producer)
• Gift Certificate to Daddy’s Junky Music
• More Prizes TBA!

3rd Place Prize Package:
• 5 Hours Studio Time at Bristol Recording Studios, 169 Massachusetts Ave, Boston (Includes engineer/producer)

• More Prizes TBA!


Judging Criteria

Groups will be judged on:

Balance and Blend
Rhythmic Accuracy
Solo Interpretation
Tone Quality
Effectiveness of Presentation
Energy/Stage Presence
Appropriateness of Movement
Creativity of Movement


Rules & Regulations

1. Entrance Fee is Non-Refundable.

2. Contest is open to collegiate a cappella only. Employees of A Cappella Armageddon & Bristol Recording Studios, their families, subsidiaries, and affiliates are not eligible. 

3.  Prizes will be awarded jointly to all members of any winning group; division of prizes is responsibility of winners. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. A Cappella Armageddon reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

4. Entry constitutes permission to use winner’s names, likenesses, and voices for future advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

5. Winner Announcements: Preliminary Round winners announced on or prior to November 11, 2011 . Final showdown winners announced on December 4, 2011. A Cappella Armageddon reserves the right to extend these deadlines for any reason. Announcements will be sent to the email address provided by each entrant and will also be posted on


For more information contact: Alex at 617.247.8689 or email:

BRISTOL RECORDING & PRODUCTION STUDIOS  |  WWW.BRISTOLSTUDIOS.COM  |  617.247.8689  |  169 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA  

~ by bristolstudios on September 20, 2011.

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