The Global Battle of the Bands

 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, London

Norwegian band Beinhard will represent Norway in The Global Battle of the Bands contest in London where 24 international rockers will compete for the honour and a $100,000 first prize.

By winning the Norwegian selection at Oslo’s Rockefeller club on November 14, Beinhard earned the right to compete with 23 other bands from around the world at the London Astoria on Wednesday December 7 for the award for 'Best New Band in the World' and the $100,000 plus World Tour first prize.

Rock ‘n’ rollers Beinhard have been together since 2001 and take their inspiration from 1980s heavy metal and 1970s punk. The four-piece from Trondheim, recently released a six-track CD which won rave reviews in magazines such as Scream and Sweden Rock. Having earned a loyal following in and around their hometown, they now get to show their worth at the world final in London.

The first world final took place at London’s Astoria last year with the winners, Spanish indie band Second, beating bands from 15 other countries to take away the $100,000 first prize. In the 2005 Global Battle of the Bands the winning band will not only walk away with the cash but also a world tour in 2006.  The contest states that it's about real bands playing real music - live. There are just two rules: no cover songs and no pre-recorded music.

Further details can be found at and tickets for the world final at London’s Astoria, Wednesday December 7 (6-12pm) are priced £12 at the door or £10 in advance from

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Straight from the 80s? Beinhard takes their inspiration from 80s heavy metal and 70s punk