Regional winners from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool will battle it out to win the Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) England National Final at Oxford Street’s 100 Club in London on November 28.
Twelve bands will compete and the winner will join Scottish National winners, Citagazi, in next year’s internationally televised GBOB World Final in Bucharest to win the ultimate prize: a band development package worth $100,000 and a special gold Best New Band in the World statuette.
Sponsor, Carlsbro, is promoting the competition through participating music stores across the country and has supplied the backline (in conjunction with Premier and Zildijan) for the regional finals tour and national finals.
“The standard of the bands throughout the competition has been very high, both in terms of their performance and their material,” reveals endorsement manager, Henry Bishop. “Carlsbro’s involvement has made a difference, in terms of both driving artists to the competition and ensuring consistently high quality production values for each event.
“The 50 Top, TC15H and Viper bass amp were extremely popular with young musicians, who were completely unfamiliar with them. The choice of 50 Top and TC15H ensured every guitarist got the tone they were after – and more – clean, overdriven or distorted, whether they were playing guitar pop, rock or death metal.”
A host of additional prizes were awarded throughout the regional finals, including £200 Carlsbro vouchers to bands at every event. Other prizes included free studio time in Anchor Studios and Headline Studios in Liverpool, as well as the recording and production of a three-track EP, courtesy of Fist Avenue Studios in Newcastle.
Heading for the England National Final are three London regional winners, Metasoma, Munkinpure and The Splitmind; two acts from the Manchester final, Bob Dean and Paradise Tomorrow; three winners from the Newcastle final, El Fuego, Legendary Heroes and 13 Stars; Bury the Conscious and Seifer’s Ghost from the Liverpool final; and Rude Tiger and Five Miles North, winners of the Birmingham final.