ROCK legends are set to welcome a new generation of budding superstars to Birmingham when the city's leading live entertainment venue, The Jam House, hosts the UK heat of the world's biggest live music competition.
Rick Wakeman, compere, will be among the judges in the Global Battle of the Bands national heat which is being held in the landmark bar and restaurant on Sunday October 26 2008 from 7.15 pm - 11 pm.
Organisers are confident that the competition - now in its 5th year - will be as popular as last year, and are extremely happy to have such a prestigious music venue to host it.
The Jam House national final brings together the winners and runners-up from the five regional finals which were held throughout England over the summer. The 10 acts will compete for a place in the world final, which will be held in London on December 14 and 15 where the winners of the 39 other national heats around the world will compete for the prize of US$100k.
Acts taking part in the national final at the popular St Paul's Square venue include censored., touted by NME as "The buzz band of the Midlands", and N.U.M.B, a band who have played over 200 gigs including the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.
They will be joined by local acts including the gifted young singer/songwriter Ladonna Kezia putting on a display of local talent.
Fay Goodman, producer at Birmingham-based Goodmedia, brought the event to the city as part of her role as ambassador for the creative industry at the Birmingham Chamber.
She said: "The GBOB national event returning to Birmingham is a major coup for us and will help to show the local talent we have to offer."