All the finalists for the Battle of the Bands China have been decided. Over the weekend, the preliminary city champs were chosen here (on Friday) and in Macau (on Saturday). In Hong Kong, 15 bands engaged in combat, performing original compositions at the Rock School in Wan Chai. However, it was thrash-metallers Qiu Hong (pictured, above left) - now a trio instead of a quintet - who topped all to win the local title. Then on Saturday, Macau's spot in the China finals was settled. In a bit of a surprise, a quartet called O.T.O. (right), consisting of a Macanese mum, her daughter and son and an unrelated bassist jamming pop-reggae, took the Macau crown. These two bands will join champions from the Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen rounds at The Cavern on November 7 for a chance to represent China at the Battle of the Bands world finals. The winner gets an all-expense-paid trip to London for the December 13 competition, where a US$100,000 prize for band development is up for grabs. The national showdown should be interesting, because challengers include hard-rock outfit Revenge, who are representing Shenzhen even though they were formed in Hong Kong, Beijing's flamboyant edgy rock act Rustic and, from Shanghai, a group with the politically sensitive name Uyghur, comprising, yes, a singer from the troubled minority singing traditional sounds and modern punk-pop. Tickets for the night are HK$120 and include one drink.