The Riverbend Festival welcomes local bands to perform. (Photo: Contributed)

The stage doesn’t get any bigger for a local band than Chattanooga’s annual Riverbend Festival. And this year, the process for bands to be considered has been made much easier.

SoundCorps has partnered with Friends of the Festival to help streamline the application process for local artists interested in performing at the festival.

Riverbend is an eight-day music festival held on the Chattanooga Riverfront each June. In addition to major headliners, the festival also features a mix of local bands.


According to a news release from SoundCorps, the new development “is designed to increase local artist engagement with Riverbend while showcasing the flourishing talent of Chattanooga musicians and steady growth of the local music scene.”

Bands with a physical address within 50 miles of Chattanooga may apply to perform at the festival here.

Bands and artists must create a free band profile on the SoundCorps directory to be considered. More than 500 artists have created profiles to date.

Applications will be accepted through midnight Dec. 31. 

SoundCorps Executive Director Stratton Tingle said in a prepared statement:

SoundCorps is thrilled to see major community players like Riverbend utilizing our online music industry directory to book great homegrown talent. We built the directory to help the Chattanooga community more easily connect with excellent local music industry providers, and this partnership greatly expands our reach throughout the region.

Friends of the Festival Executive Director Chip Baker said the partnership will help continue the “renaissance of Chattanooga’s music scene.”

“It’s important for Riverbend Festival to build even deeper relationships with local artists and provide a major platform to help our fans connect with excellent local music alongside the mainstay acts that our festival is known for,” he said. 

The Riverbend Festival was started in 1982 as a five-night festival. Several nights draw more than 90,000 people during the festival. Each year, more than 350,000 people attend Riverbend.