FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS :
Can solo artists enter?
No. The competition is open to bands with two to eight members. However, solo artists can put together a band for the competition if they wish
Will we have to sign any kind of contract?
Bands participating in the GBOB World Final must agree that GBOB MUSIC can record and publish the songs played in the GBOB World Final. The band will get a portion of the profit from CD and download sales, as well as a split of publishing income.
We will receive from all the GBOB participating bands the permission to use any of their photographs, music and video for purely promotional purposes.
If there is more than one qualifying event in one city how do you decide which of the winning bands go forward to the National Final?
The winning band from every qualifying event will go forward to the National Final
Will there be important music industry people at the contests?
We always invite record company executives, management companies, members of the press and other music industry professionals to our events
Why can’t we play for longer?
THE GLOBAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS competitions are designed to be fast-paced and exciting. This makes it more entertaining for the audience as it never gets boring. If exposure is what you are after, a good record company A&R man will know how good a band is after one or two songs and they will certainly check out one of your own gigs if they want to hear more. The hardest thing is to attract their attention in the first place.
Can we use our own amplifiers and drums?
No. The organisers will provide the complete back line, including a variety of amplifiers. Any special equipment must be set up on stage before the concert starts and remain on stage until the concert is over. Any equipment on the stage must be available for use by any of the bands. You must use your own personal instruments (guitars and keyboards etc.) and drummers must bring their own bass drum pedal. You can also use your own effect pedals
What kind of back line equipment will be provided?
The kind of equipment that the majority of bands prefer and are probably used to: Marshall, Orange and Ampeg amplifiers and top name drum kits etc
Can we play cover songs?
No. All songs played in the competition must be original compositions, though not necessarily written by the band
Can we play instrumentals?
Can we bring our own sound engineer?
Yes, but he will only be there as an advisor to inform the organisers’ sound engineer where solos etc come in the songs and any other special requirements
Can we bring our own lighting engineer?
No. The organisers will provide all lighting technicians
Can we bring our own road crew?
No. The organisers will supply all necessary stage crew
Can we bring our own backdrop?
Will the travel costs of getting to the World Final be covered by the organisers?
Yes. All travel to the World Final will be arranged and paid for by the GBOB National Director in your country. Hotel accommodation costs for bands taking part in the World Final will be covered by GBOB Worldwide Ltd
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