Announcement Band Contest 2024

We proudly announce the 9th blacksheep band contest about the FÖRCH Newcomer Award! Four bands are playing live on Saturday 13th April 2024 in the Club Mobilat in Heilbronn. Together with the audiance and a jury we are looking for the best and most talented artists! The winnerband is plaing at the 9th blacksheep Festival on Saturday, 22nd June 2024 in Bonfeld.

  • Application deadline and start of the selection process: Sunday, XX
  • Online voting: 23rd March 2024 till 6th April 2024
  • Band Contest: Saturday, 22nd April 2024, from 7 p.m.
  • Performance at the blacksheep festival: Saturday, 22th June 2024, from 3.30 pm



  • Age: The mean age of the bands hould not be older than 27, please send us a copy of the passport from every band member
  • Repertoire: Only real songwriting, coverversions are not accepted. No matter which genre: rock, pop, country, folk, accustic or blues. You should easily play for about 30 minutes. Your lyrics and your stage presentation must not be in contradiction with the applicable law or the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Costs: There are no costs for competitors. If needed, we are looking for an accomodation for your overnight stay.

Please send your application along with your informative documents to by Sunday, 10th March 2024, 6 p.m. at the latest. The two-week online voting begins on 23rd March 2024.

The application must contain: music material (e.g. links to music videos and/or music demos), visuals of the band, names and ages of the band members, press release and tech rider

What do contest bands get?

  • Our contest bands get, depending where they come from, a salary of 250 till 500 Euro.
  • If you want, you get afterwards a feedback from the jury
  • Every bandmember gets three drinks and some food for free
  • Every competitor gets free entry to the blacksheep Festival on Saturday, 29th June
  • The winner performance at the blacksheep Festival on Saturday, 22nd June 2024, starts at 3.30pm. The band gets a salary  of 1000 Euro, catering and an overnight stay. The winner is also aloud to bring 20 friends or fans to the festival.