Final Five

Final 5 bands selected to play at the live show:


All about the Contest

The Marshall Ultimate Band Contest is back and this years competition is set to be bigger and better than ever! The aim of the Marshall UBC is simple – to discover new bands and new music, and give the deserving winners a shot at fame, fortune and world domination.

Marshall Amplification has once again joined forces with UBC founding partners LickLibrary and Smokehead whisky, along with our newest sponsor Ave Satanas, to bring you the greatest band battle of 2013. A whole host of prizes are at stake – from backline gear and a Marshall endorsement deal to magazine features and a "money-cant-buy" slot at Download Festival 2014, courtesy of Mr Andy Copping of Live Nation.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and upload your band video now – it could be the start of something BIG.


  • A Slot at Download Festival 2014
  • 1 Year Marshall Endorsement deal
  • Metal Hammer Feature
  • Marshall Custom 4 x 12 Cab – Best Guitarist
  • Eden Combo – Best Bassist
  • Natal UK Made Snare – Best Drummer
  • Marshall Fridge – Best Front Person
  • Marshall Headphones



  • First things first, you'll need an awesome band video.
  • Sign up to the Marshall UBC and, after accepting the T&Cs, upload your video before the 31st August.
  • Now it's time for some shameless self-promotion! Get your video's social media wheels turning, as the amount of "Likes" and Tweets could see your band through to the final 25!
  • Only 20 bands will be shortlisted from the public vote so direct everyone you can to the Marshall UBC website to cast their votes.
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The Important Dates

1st July 2013 - Marshall UBC 2013 Opens!
Sign up and upload your bands video and start spreading the word to generate online buzz around your video.

31st August 2013 - Video Upload Closes
At 5pm (GMT) on the 31st August, the video upload will close for all entrants.

4th September 2013 - Public Voting Begins
Keep spreading the word. Get as many votes as possible for your video on the UBC website and don't forget Facebook and Twitter too as "Likes" and Tweets can help enormously!

29th September 2013
At 5pm (GMT) on the 29th September, the voting will close. The top 20 videos, as voted for by the public, will go through to our panel of expert judges along with 5 bands that have gained the most online hype ("Likes" and Tweets).

30th September 2013
The top 25 bands will be announced that go through to the judges deliberation stage.

11th October 2013
The panel of judges will announce the final 5 bands who will play at the live final.

23rd November 2013
The live final at Marshall Amplification HQ in the UK, with a panel of expert music industry judges making the final decision on the night.

June 2014
Winner plays DOWNLOAD Festival 2014!

How to enter the contest

The Contest
Marshall UBC is open to any band over the age of 18. Entries will be voted through to a “Top 25 entrants” this will be decided up by a combination of 5 entrants who generate the most social media buzz and the remaining 20 will be the publics highest rated. A panel of official judges will deliberate and announce the top 5 finalists.

How To Vote

Simply register using the link above and start viewing videos. Once you've got your favourite 5 you can start to cast your all-important votes. Be careful, you can only vote once for your top 5 bands/videos…so chose wisely!

Vote scoring is as follows:

  • 1st = 5 points
  • 2nd = 4 points
  • 3rd = 3 points
  • 4th = 2 points
  • 5th = 1 point

The public vote starts on 4th September and finish on 29th September 2013. The 20 bands with the highest score on the 29th September will make it through to the top 25 with the remaining 5 videos coming from those bands who have generated the greatest social media buzz.

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