Malaysian band sought for Gbob World Finals in Chiangmai!

::: Event Announcement
GBOB Malaysia FB GroupGeorge Town, 22 December 2013 – Global Battle of the Bands – GBOB, the biggest music competition for bands playing their original songs live returns after a 3-year hiatus with the National Finals held in Penang for the very first time!

Held in collaboration with FEYST: Independent Youth Festival and promoted/organised by brand activation company,, Malaysian bands are invited to enter by downloading the entry form from the website: and emailing it to by 2 January 2014.

“Last weekend, we kicked off the search for one band to represent Malaysia at the Gbob World Finals in Chiangmai, Thailand next 8th February 2014,” says event promoter, Jasmine Low. “This is a first for our company to support a band battle. We have showcased local musicians through our open mic gigs and festival platform, FEYST, but never a battle. So why the change in perception, you may ask?

We were introduced by Siva Chandran of BITE MY MUSIC (VIMA) to consider working with Founder/CEO Tore Lande of Gbob Worldwide. After several months of discussions, we have found that the global exposure offered by Gbob is unmatched. Also, we have had a good relationship with Gbob since its inception in Kuala Lumpur since 2009.

Audience and band supporters can look forward to a special performance by Gbob Malaysia 2009 champions, Y2K band (pictured below). Y2K had qualified to perform at the then Gbob World Finals in London, United Kingdom.

Y2KWe support the values of Gbob because it focuses on two things; play your music live, play your own original songs!”, Jasmine added.

Gbob Malaysia 2013/2014 is crowd-funded, and welcomes brand sponsors to come forth for a larger scaled 2014/2015 season.

Two qualifier events will take place on 4th & 5th January 2014 in George Town, Penang at local community spaces – Soundmaker Studio and Chinahouse. There will no other heats in any other states just for this year due to time constraints.

“We have been organising music gigs since 2002 and look forward to building Gbob Malaysia into a community event that showcases quality Malaysian bands. We respect it because bands are selected based on the quality of their songs and performance. It’s definitely not a popularity contest,” said the promoter.

“We’re bringing the competition to Penang because we have supportive music community partners like Narelle McMurtrie and Kien Lim of Chinahouse, as well as Cole Yew of Soundmaker Studios. Bands from the Northern region can look forward to a chance to compete at a global event from their doorstep.”

A RM98 registration fee applies per bands, and all are invited to join either the electric qualifier held at Soundmaker Studio, or the acoustic qualifier held at Chinahouse. There’s a limit of 15 slots for both qualifiers and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis.


Band inquiries:
Media inquiries:


Qualifier 1, 4 JAN 2014:
Soundmaker Studio, 60 Pengkalan Weld, George Town, Penang. Event page:

Qualifier 2, 5 JAN 2014:
The Canteen @ Chinahouse, 153 & 155 Beach Street, George Town, Penang. Event page:

Bands will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis, with a limit of 30 slots in total.

Participation fee costs RM98 per band.

Gig entry fee costs RM15 per person.

Judging will be final and will be based on a point system.

One winner will be selected from Qualifiers 1 & 2.

How to join? Read

Download entry form:

1. Bands to perform 2 original songs
2. Bands to perform live
3. Bands can comprise of ANY nationality, so long as majority are Malaysians


Gbob World Grand Prize:

Gbob Malaysia Grand Prize:

// Flight + Accommodation in Green Lake Resort, Chiangmai, Thailand from 6-10 Feb 2014.
// Slot to perform at Grand Finals in Chiangmai, Thailand on 8 Feb 2014
// Other sponsored prizes

Thank you!


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