Bands battle for shot at world fame

OFFERING bands the chance to hit the big time, local musicians have been encouraged to enter a global battle for a chance to strut their stuff on the world stage.

The Global Battle of the Bands (GBOB) Challenge comes to Ipswich this year with a qualifying heat set to be held at Ipswich Civic Hall on Sunday, August 23.

Winners of the Ipswich heat will head to the regional finals or straight on to the national finals in a bid to secure an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Final in London this December.

Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee chairperson Charlie Pisasale said the competition had only had two rules, no covers and no recorded music.

“If you love to perform and think your band has got what it takes to make it big, this could be your chance,” Cr Pisasale said.

The GBOB Challenge is open to all bands whether unsigned or signed to a record label.

Front man of young Ipswich band 21 months Simon Nelson said being able to play to an audience at the Ipswich Civic Hall was a “step up” for the band.

“We are like alternative rock with influences from everything,” Mr Nelson said.

The band formed three years ago while its members were still in high school and includes Mr Nelson's sister Claire on vocals.

To enter the competition, bands need only pay a one-off registration fee of $33 per band member in order to enter.

All bands that register and pay are guaranteed to play.

The Global Battle of the Bands takes the stage at Ipswich Civic Hall from 2.30pm.

Full details and registration forms are available via the website at www.gbob.com/challenge.

All audience tickets are $12 and are available online at www.ipswichcivichall.com.au.



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