Rules

WHO MAY JOIN

Please read the details of each condition:

  • Bands with two to six members, unless otherwise approved by the organizers. Adding additional band members after registration is prohibited without the consent of the organizers. Replacing more than one-third of band members is likewise prohibited without the consent of the organizers.
  • Bands of all ages.There is no age limit for band members. However, if any band member is not of legal age, one responsible parent or legal guardian must accompany the band member to the concert.
  • Bands signed or unsigned to management, publishing and/or record companies.
  • Bands with original songs. These can be written / co-written by the band, or written specifically for them.
  • Bands playing any kind of music. All kinds of musical styles and songs are welcome in the competition.

HOW TO JOIN

Create a Complete Band Profile at GBOB.com  All bands around the world joining any GBOB Competition must create a complete Band Profile at GBOB’s Official Website, http://gbob.com. Their profile must include their (1)Band Name, (2) Band Members, (3) Band History, (4)Songs, Photos, Videos, if available. Notice: Locally registered bands that have not made a profile at GBOB.com before registering and performing at the country’s local heats cannot be recognized by GBOB Worldwide and will not eligible to compete in the World Finals should they win the National Championships.

Register for a Local Qualifying Heat After creating a Band Profile, you can now find your country and register at one of the Local Qualifying Heats to compete.

  • For registering at a Local Qualifying Heat, the Band must refer to their country’s National GBOB page to know how to register. Some countries do it online, while some countries do it by place or email.
  • Complete the registration form provided by your country National Director.
  • All bands registering for the competition must already have read and accepted the Rules of the competition.
  • All participating bands must have agreed to give GBOB permission to use their name, image, songs, and video played in the competition for promotional purposes.

LIVE COMPETITION

GBOB Live Competitions are at most a three-step process.

  • (1) Local Qualifying Heats
  • (2) National Final
  • (3) World Final

If a Qualifying Event takes place over two or more nights, the winning band from each night will go forward to the National Final. If the National Final needs to take place over two or more nights there will be a further Super Final to determine the overall winner. The same procedure as for National Finals applies to the World Final.

Equipment and Effects

Here are the guidelines for equipment used during live competition events:

  1. At any point in the competition, all bands must use the same backline equipment, drum kits, and be assisted by the same stage crew. The organizers will provide high quality sound and lighting system, which all the bands will use. The organizers will also provide all drums, bass and guitar amplifiers, microphones, monitors and backline equipment used in all GBOB events, as well as all sound & lighting engineers and all necessary stage crew.
  2. Band members will use their personal instruments such as guitars, basses and keyboards as well as any effects pedals etc. Drummers will bring their own bass drum pedal and drumsticks.
  3. Keyboards and any special equipment  – other than personal instruments such as guitars – will be placed on stage before the concert begins and will remain there until the end of the concert.

Onstage Time and Conduct

Generally, this is how the program during the competition is organized. However, it may be different for each country, depending on the National Director of the country. We recommend you check your country’s gbob website.

  1. Playing order is determined by a draw of lots  usually a day before the competition. This rule applies to all competition levels.
  2. Bands with a left-handed drummer  will play either first or last on the bill. To keep changeover times to a minimum.
  3. Bands will play two songs each. The total playing time for each band must not exceed 8 minutes. This rule applies to all competition levels.
  4. Cover Songs are not allowed.  All bands must play original music.
  5. All bands must play live.  It is not permitted to use pre-recorded sound material or backing tracks. Exceptions can be made if the backing track serves only as minor special effects or an enhancer to the main live sound of the band. Important: All bands wishing to use backing tracks must first submit the backing tracks and songs to be used to the organisor in your country at least one week before the live competitions.
  6. Bands going beyond their allotted playing time  may be faded out and/or deducted points.
  7. Bands that miss their allotted on-stage time may be disqualified.  If any band misses their allotted sound check or on-stage slot in a National Final or a World Final the organizers will make all efforts to fit them in elsewhere. However, if this is not possible the band is liable to be disqualified from the competition.

Local Live Qualifications

Please read your Country’s own GBOB Page. Please note that the GBOB Competition Rules at Local and National Levels can be different from country to country, depending on local laws, partners, culture, and others. For this reason, please click on your country flag to see if you have additional rules and regulations in your country. You may also contact your National Organizer for more info via the Contact Page.

No Sound Check. There will be no sound check in Local Qualifying Competitions or combined one-off Local Qualifying Heats/National Finals. Only the band due first on stage will be given a brief sound check to check the equipment.

Winning Decision based on 50% Audience Vote, 50% Judges Decision. The organizers will appoint three or more respected figures from the music business to act as Judges during Local Qualifying Heats. Members of audience can also use their ticket or voting slip to vote for their favorite band/bands. When the votes have been counted, the final result will represent 50% the view of the audience and 50% the view of the panel of judges. If there is a tie for first place or any other place the judges’ choice will be given precedence.

National Final

6-Minute Sound Check Per Band. All bands taking part in a National Final, if possible, will be given a 6-minute sound check. Sound checks will be allotted in reverse to the playing order, which means the band last on stage does the first sound check and the band first on stage does the last sound check. Approximate times for sound checks and on-stage times will be given to each band.

Winning Decision based on 100% Judges’ Scores. To avoid giving any local band an unfair advantage there will be no audience voting in National Finals or the World Final and the results will be determined entirely by the panel of judges. The decision of the judges is final.

WORLD FINAL

Travel and Accommodation of World Finalists. The travel costs of getting a National Finalist winning band (band members only) to the World Final will be covered by GBOB. Any excess baggage charges incurred will be the responsibility of the band. Accommodation during the World Final and catering on the day of the World Final will be covered by GBOB (band members only).

12-Minute Sound Check Per Band. All bands taking part in the World Final will be given a 12-minute sound check. Sound checks will be allotted in reverse to the playing order, which means the band playing last on stage will do the first sound check and the band first on stage will do the last sound check. Approximate times for sound checks and on-stage times will be given to each band.

Winning Decision based on 100% Judges’ Scores. Judges during the GBOB World Final will be international music executives, celebrities, and other professionals.

FAQ

Can solo artists enter?

A.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?

A.No; We only ask all participating bands to give GBOB permission to use their name, image, songs, and videos for promotional purposes only.

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?

A.The winning band from every qualifying event will go forward to the National Final

Will there be important music industry people at the contests?

A.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?

A.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?

A.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?

A.The kind of equipment that the majority of bands prefer and are probably used to: Marshall, Fender and Ampeg amplifiers and top name drum kits etc.

Can we play cover songs?

A.No. All songs played in the competition must be original compositions, though not necessarily written by the band

Can we play instrumentals?

A.Yes

Can we bring our own sound engineer?

A.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?

A.No. The organizers will provide all lighting technicians

Can we bring our own road crew?

A.No. The organizers will supply all necessary stage crew

Can we bring our own backdrop?

A.No.