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VOCALOOPS - A Cappella Loopstation Competition

The Vocalmente A Cappella Loop Station Competition “Vocaloops” is the world’s first dedicated a cappella loop station competition.


The Competition is for individual vocalists using loop technology of their choice.

The music content can be cover songs or original music and is not limited by styles.

No instruments are allowed to be used – all sounds have to be produced with the human voice or the body on stage. The performance must not contain any prerecorded material or sounds.

We strongly encourage creativity and original content – the aim of the competition is to foster creativity and originality and while technical aspects & skills (such as beatboxing) are being taken into consideration, this is first of all a music competition using looping as an instrument.


In order to apply for the competition, please submit one or several videos with a minimum length of 3:00 and a maximum length of 10:00 minutes to [email protected]. The video should ideally be submitted by upload to a YouTube channel or sent via a filesharing website. The sound on the application video has to be a live and must not be prerecorded.

An independent judging panel will select eight participants to take part in the Vocalmente Loop Station Competition.

The Application Fee per participant is 60.00€ to be paid upon confirmation of participation.

Competition Process

First Round

Participants present a Loop Station set of up to 8:00 minutes (this can contain several songs).

Final Round

4 Participants go through to the 2nd Round. Set Length here 5:00 minutes.

The jury will consists of five experienced artists from the a cappella, beatbox and loop world.

The main judging criteria are:

  • Musicianship
  • Creativity / Originality
  • Technical Skills / Use of Technology

Judges will award up to 20 points in each category.

Technical Equipment

All looping technologies are permitted, e.g.

  • Roland Boss (RC 30, 300, 505)
  • TC Helicon VoiceLive Touch
  • Ableton Live with Midi Controller (e.g. LaunchPad)

Once you have been confirmed as a participant of the competition, please inform the technical contact at the festival, what technology you are using. The participants have to provide their own looping equipment – the festival provides the sound service. Standard microphones can be provided, but participants are allowed to use their own microphones.

Travel & Accomodation

Participants are responsible for organising and providing their own travel and accomodation.

Vocalmente has arranged a discount for participants of the Festival with several hotels. Participants of the Competition may take advantage of this arrangement.

Running of the Day

The competition will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, the 30th of August. Exact timings will be revealed closer to the event. After the First Round there will be an interval in which the judges will deliberate who proceeds to the final round.

Prize Money

1st : 1500 Euros
2nd : 800 Euros
3rd : 400 Euros


The participant declares that Vocalmente is the sole owner of audio and video rights of material recorded during the course of the Festival.

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