Global Battle of the Bands

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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.[1]

In 2016 the GBOB World Finals were held in Berlin, in club SO36. The winners were Sinoptik from Ukraine, while Hteththtemeth (Romania) got the second place and were "The Most Voted Band of the Finalists".

The Competition[edit]

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.[2] 2010 was the first time the World Finals were held outside UK - in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[3] The 2010 World Finals was co-presented and televised nationwide by Astro hitz, a Malaysian Music TV Channel.[4]

Previous Winners[edit]

Year Band Origin Ref
2004 Second  Spain N/A
2005 Kopek  Ireland N/A
2006 Heavy Mojo  USA N/A
2007 Boys In A Band  Faroe Islands N/A
2008 Floors and Walls  England N/A
2009 Rustic  China [5]
2010 Dubtonic Kru  Jamaica [6]
2011 - - -
2012 Di Blueprint  Jamaica N/A
2013 Firekind  England N/A
2014 - - -
2015 Triana Park  Latvia N/A
2016 Sinoptik  Ukraine N/A

Previous Judges[edit]


Since its start in 2004, bands from the following countries have participated in The Global Battle of the Bands:


  1. ^ "Official Website,". GBOB. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ ""Astoria Closure"". NME.COM. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Malaysia to host Global Battle of the Bands 2010-2011 final, The Jakarta Post". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Battle of The Bands 2010,". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ China’s Rustic Win Global Battle of the Bands,
  6. ^ "Jamaican Band Dubtonic Kru Wins Global Battle of the Bands, Urban". Retrieved 1 October 2014.

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