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English/Nigerian Vocalist Granted Ultimate Performance at Upcoming Hard Rock Stadium Halftime Show

After an intense three-month search, Hard Rock is proud to announce Park City, Utah resident Alex Boyé as the 2017 grand prize winner of its annual Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition. Alex Boyé rocked the local stage first at Hard Rock Cafe Denver and eventually beat more than 6,000 other artists worldwide with his one-of-a-kind African-pop fusion sound. As the grand prize winner, Boyé will perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on December 11, 2017 when the Miami Dolphins take on the New England Patriots for Monday Night Football. Boyé will also take home $1,000 USD, a 1,000 count CD/DVD pack of his latest recording from Bison Disc, a Fender Instrument prize pack and will have the opportunity to shoot a professionally produced music video, which will be added to Hard Rock’s world-wide video system.

Alex Boyé dominated the competition during the live music battle on May 25 at Hard Rock Cafe Denver where he performed a set of original material backed by an incredible group of musicians. An international panel of music industry professionals then selected Boyé from the 108 local winners and crowned him Hard Rock Rising Artist of the Year for 2017. 

“The talent this year was truly amazing, which made determining a winner harder than it’s ever been,” said Jeff Nolan, Hard Rock International’s Music and Memorabilia Historian. “Ultimately, Alex Boyé made a lasting impression with his savvy songwriting and undeniable charisma. We look forward to working with him and are confident his performance at Hard Rock Stadium will be a show-stopper.”

Artist registration for the 2016 Hard Rock Rising ROCK LOCAL/WIN GLOBAL showcase is now open!

We've partnered with ReverbNation to find the best local acts in all corners of the globe. Click the link below for your chance at $50,000 USD and a performance at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

We are looking for the best local, unsigned artists to perform on June 1st for our ROCK LOCAL/WIN GLOBAL music showcase. Over 100 Hard Rock locations around the world will be hosting live music events that day to find the best of the best. Four acts will be selected as regional winners — with one being selected as Hard Rock Rising’s Artist of the Year.

Register Now!

Congrats to our Hard Rock Rising Winners, Enemy Planes!

Enemy Planes crushed it at the final Battle of the Bands round and took the top spot over five other acts from New York, Kentucky, Scotland, Argentina, and Japan in the final round. 

The results are in and six talented bands are one step closer to taking the top spot for the 2015 Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition! In association with ReverbNation, Hard Rock's global battle saw more than 13,000 bands enter, with hundreds of bands competing live on Hard Rock stages around the world, but only six bands have made it to the final live battle round, held in Barcelona on Thursday, July 23.

The six remaining finalists will compete to win a spot on the main stage at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival this summer, and will be considered for a development deal by Island Records. The weekend-long festival will take place at the Platja del Forum in Barcelona, Spain on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Posted on January 07, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Battle of the Bands Competition Gives Emerging Artists
The Chance To Take The Stage In Rome

Orlando, Fla., January 7, 2014 – Hard Rock is on the search for rising rock stars to take the stage in the heart of the Roman Empire! Hard Rock Rising, the world’s largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition, will give one local band the chance of a lifetime – an all-expenses paid trip to Rome, Italy to perform at the first Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer! The selected runner-up bands will each receive new music equipment and gear valued at $10,000.

Hard Rock, in partnership with the online musician community ReverbNation, will host open registration for bands wishing to participate in the global battle starting on Monday, January 6, 2014, through Friday, January 27, 2014. The combination of Hard Rock’s iconic brand and ReverbNation’s extensive network of more than 3.3 million artists in 250 countries worldwide will provide undiscovered bands with an international stage to jumpstart their careers.

Hard Rock is committed to discovering new musical talent and supporting the emerging artists of tomorrow through the Hard Rock Rising program,” said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Hard Rock International. “Over the past two years, more than 24,000 artists entered to compete in Hard Rock Rising where more than one million songs from these up and coming artists were downloaded by fans – we’re honored to welcome these artists to Hard Rock’s global stage and look forward to discovering more talent in 2014.

Like Hard Rock, we believe that great music should be heard,” said Mike Doernberg, CEO and Co-founder of ReverbNation. “In everything we do, we work to expose our community of undiscovered and largely independent musicians to opportunities to get heard, get discovered, and find new fans. The Hard Rock Rising program continues to be the perfect execution of our mission.

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 7, 2013 - Hard Rock International continues its commitment to emerging musicians of tomorrow with this year's Hard Rock Rising, the world's largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition. Hard Rock Rising supports the musical careers of aspiring artists around the globe by giving one local band the opportunity of a lifetime – participate in a World Tour at Hard Rock Cafe locations, film a music video, record an album with Hard Rock Records and receive $10,000 in new gear.

"Hard Rock is eager to uncover another pool of budding talent and provide them with an international stage to showcase their talents," said John Kirkpatrick , Head of Music & Artist Relations, Hard Rock International. "More than 12,000 bands entered Hard Rock Rising and nearly one million votes were cast by fans around the globe in 2012 – we hope the continued success of this program will catapult an emerging band to success and introduce their sound to Hard Rock's worldwide audience."

More Than 12,000 Bands Compete for Your Vote as Part of the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands

Orlando, Fla., January 25, 2012 – You vote – They Rock! Hard Rock Rising gives fans the power to decide who performs at Hard Rock Cafes worldwide as the battle of the bands gears up for the local, live music phase of the competition. More than 12,000 bands have entered the Hard Rock Rising competition for the chance of a lifetime, to be on the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and additional headlining performers at Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London.

The Rise of a Local Legend
Beginning on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, Hard Rock Rising allows fans to choose the live performance lineup for local events at Hard Rock Cafes around the world. Fans can vote by downloading free tracks from bands of their choice at their local Hard Rock’s city-specific, Facebook page.

After fans choose their favorites, participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring the local bands who received top votes. Bands will then be judged live by a panel of local industry experts and participating bands’ representatives, with one winner being selected from each location. For full rules and a list of participating locations visit www.hardrock.com/hrrising.

At Hard Rock live music is at the core of our brand, in 2011 we put on more than 17,000 live music events across our properties,” said John Galloway, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Hard Rock International. “We are privileged be able to offer the hottest up-and-coming bands a chance to showcase their talent on our local cafes stages and the shot to play at Hard Rock Calling 2012.

Posted on April 29, 2011 | Tags: ,
Rosco Bandana, Stefany June, Gugun Blues Shelter and IAMWE Win Global Battle of the Bands Competition

Orlando, Fla., April 28, 2011 – Hard Rock called and fans answered, with votes cast from around the world in Hard Rock’s first global Battle of the Bands competition! As a direct result of online fan voting, Rosco Bandana of Hard Rock Cafe Biloxi, Stefany June of Hard Rock Cafe Cologne, Gugun Blues Shelter of Hard Rock Cafe Jakarta and IAMWE of Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix will officially join the lineup at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in London’s Hyde Park – one of the world’s most-anticipated concert events. With thousands of fans and top headliners, including The Killers, Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart, Hard Rock Calling 2011 is the chance of a lifetime for these emerging bands to gain exposure and showcase their talent in front of today’s most iconic artists.

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