Global Battle of the Bands
The Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) is a live music competition joined by bands from all continents around the world. It is open to amateur/professional bands of all music genres and ages; there are only two main prerequisites to joining: no cover songs and no pre-recorded tracks. All bands must play original compositions and play it live. Every year Local Qualifying Heats and National Finals take place in participating countries around the world. The winners of these go forward to the World Finals. The grand winner of the World Finals will be awarded a USD $100,000.00 worth of cash and band development packages in London, as well as a golden statuette engraved with the words "Best New Band in the World".
Starting in 2004 with 16 countries participating, 25 countries took part in 2006 and participation continues to grow in 2007 to 2010 with a frequent average of over 30 countries involved.
The Competition 
The World Finals were held at the London Astoria from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, the World Finals were held in Camden, London over a three-day period at two different venues. The first two days were held at the Camden Underground, followed by the Finals at the Camden Electric Ballroom on December 6, 2007. The first two days served as a semi-finals. The World Finals 2008 were held at Astoria in London, while the finals in 2009 were held at The Scala, also in London, after Astoria closed down. 2010 was the first time the World Finals were held outside UK - in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 2010 World Finals was co-presented and televised nationwide by Astro hitz, a Malaysian Music TV Channel.
Previous Winners 
- Second – Spain 2004
- Kopek – Ireland 2005
- Heavy Mojo – USA 2006
- Boys In A Band – Faroe Islands 2007
- Floors and Walls – England 2008
- Rustic – China 2009 
- Dubtonic Kru – Jamaica 
Previous Judges 
- Gary Helsinger (Universal Music Publishing)
- Joshua Freni (Virgin Records)
- Steve Lillywhite (Producer - U2, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones)
- Ben Adams (A1)
- Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols)
Since its start in 2004, bands from the following countries have participated in The Global Battle of the Bands:
- Official Website, GBOB.com
- "Astoria Closure"
- Malaysia to host Global Battle of the Bands 2010-2011 final, The Jakarta Post
- Battle of The Bands 2010, Mytamilchannel.com
- China’s Rustic Win Global Battle of the Bands, Gibson.com
- Jamaican Band Dubtonic Kru Wins Global Battle of the Bands, Urban Islandz.com
- Official website
- It's the final countdown in Global Battle of the Bands, The Malay Mail
- The Global Battle of the Bands - Finale, Nuffnang Malaysia
- Battle of the bands is back, The Gleaner
- Icelandic Rockers in Global Battle of the Bands, Iceland Review Online
- Dubtonic Kru Win Battle of the Bands, RJR News
- Global Battle of the Bands Coming to Israel, Ynet News