Mayhem Fest

2014 Mayhem Winners Announced!

Check out our 2014 winners by clicking on the image below that will link to our main website. You can also see the winning tracks and videos, as well as the finalists here.


What is this all about?

Presented by Oaktown Indie Mayhem + Awaken Cafe, Mayhem (formerly Oaktown Music Festival) is an online song and video contest exclusively for Oakland based bands. Winners will be crowned Best of Oakland by an all-star jury, receive a paid feature at a two night Winners’ Party in November 2014, and have a chance to win studio time at Fantasty Studios along with other cool Oakland Swag from local businesses.  See all the award categories and current prizes for each category here. Nominations are open to the public and winners will be selected by a jury of local music and entertainment professionals. Learn more about how the nomination process works and guidelines of the contest here


2013 Mayhem Fest

In our first year of Mayhem Fest (formerly Oaktown Music Festival) we received over 2,200 nominations from Oakland musicians, breaking down to just over 250 bands & solo artists. We were so excited about the overwhelming response we decided to keep rolling this year to make it even more epic than before! We have posted the winners of each category from last year on OR you can check them out here via these direct links => Best In Show + People’s Choice, Best Music VideoBest Song by a Solo Artist, + Best Song by a Band.


How else can you get involved?


O.I.M and Awaken Cafe have decided enough is enough, we want the world to know all that Oakland has to offer. Our beloved town isn’t just made up of Rallies for the 99%, DIY Spaces, Street Saavy 101 Daily Lessons, Urban Dining at its best, Raging Street Parties, and a mecca for every Graffiti Artist this side of the Colorado River (although those are definitely 100% oakland at its finest). Oakland is also home to one of the most blossoming music scenes on the west coast. So…we decided to create a juried competition and festival that highlights our best and brightest in the scene, and we want as many people to know about it as possible. Duh. So feel free to use #oaklandmayhem as a means to get the word out about our Oakland rock stars, dope emcees + producers, world music savants, and folk fanatics. Use this hashtag anytime your posts, tweets, or instagram pics reflect our local music scene or the fest itself!

Also, check us out online to stay current on details for the 2014 Fest…




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