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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hey Bands: Want to Play a Festival and Get Pelted with Tomatoes?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

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We here at SF Weekly know that every up-and-coming band's ultimate aspiration is to play a huge festival -- while getting blasted in the face with overripe, crushed tomatoes.

Well, every group in the Bay Area has a shot to have its dreams come true -- the Tomato Battle is coming to the Alameda Fairgrounds on Oct. 1, complete with a beer garden, a battle of the bands, and, oh yeah, a 10,000-person tomato fight.

Technically, bands won't be performing during the actual ketchup craziness, but if you're talented, ambitious, and a big fan of getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, hit the jump for details on how to enter for a chance to play in the battle.

Assuming your members are all over 16 years old, all bands are eligible and can submit one or more videos for consideration. The deadline is Sept. 1, and fan participation and enthusiasm will help determine which bands are finalists. Winners will be announced Sept. 10.

For those interested in throwing tomatoes, rather than performing, tickets are $59.99. Full event details are available here.

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