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Israeli bands on the way to London (archive) Photo: Idan Hovel
Israeli bands on the way to London (archive) Photo: Idan Hovel
 
 

Global Battle of the Bands coming to Israel

Israeli bands can now apply for lucrative music competition. Winner of London finale to take home $100,000

Or Barnea
Published: 09.11.09, 08:19 / Israel Culture

The Global Battle of the Bands, GBOB, an international music competition, is due to arrive in Israel this October. The event is an annual competition in which bands from around the world compete for a $100,000 prize.

 

It was established five years ago by members of the international music community, which include such past judges as famous producer Steve Lillywhite and founder of the Sex Pistols Glen Matlock.

 

The big finale will be held in London on December 13.

 

The GBOB website details the names of bands participating in the competition. The event's producers in Israel consist of ‎Carmi Wartman, Barby club manager Shaul Mizrahi and manager of the Blue Sun label Bryan Steiner.

 

The event's organizers announced that any band consisting of two to eight players can apply, and perform two original songs that have not yet been recorded. Bands which are interested in participating will be charged NIS 20 ($5.34) in admission fee and are directed to register through the GBOB website.

 

The winning band will be able choose one of five possible prize packages: London studio recordings with a professional producer; 10 shows across the UK plus $10,000 in cash; CD distribution around the world; PR and festival dates, or simply the $100,000 in cash.

 

First stage auditions in Israel will be held according to geographical regions: Barby club in Tel Aviv on October 18, Yellow Submarine in Jerusalem on October 19, Baroque club in Beersheba on October 20, plus more auditions across in the country in the same month.

 

The applying bands will appear before an audience and a panel of judges, while 50% of the votes will be left for the audience. The finale in Israel, which will determine what band will compete in London, will be held in Tel Aviv's Barby club on November 11.

 

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