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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.

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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. 

What started out in Hard Rock’s hometown of London has now made its way to Spain! The international entertainment brand today announced that American rock band, Kings of Leon; Latin rock superstar, Juanes;  American rock singer-songwriter, Lenny Kravitz; Swedish electric dance music DJ, Avicii; DJ-producer and former member of Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello; and more will be announced next March 28th as a part of the lineup for the first Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival. The weekend-long event will take place at the Platja del Forum (Parc de la Pau, s/n. Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona) on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, 2015.
 

Global superstars Andrea Bocelli and Barry Gibb headline a great list of artists, which also stars Gloria Estefan, in Hard Rock RISING - Miami Beach 2015 concert on Thursday, March 26.

The City of Miami Beach is marking its 100th anniversary with a centennial week-long celebration that culminates with an iconic music festival. Sponsored by Hard Rock International, The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., the all-day oceanfront music festival is located on the sand at Eighth Street and Ocean Drive.

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."

Posted on May 06, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Hey Monea! To Perform on the Main Stage at Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London’s Hyde Park!

Orlando, Fla., May 4, 2012 – Hard Rock is proud to announce Cleveland’s Hey Monea! as winner of the Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands competition. Hey Monea! now officially joins the main stage lineup at Hard Rock Calling 2012 in London’s Hyde Park – one of the world’s most-anticipated concert events. With thousands of fans and top headliners, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Soundgarden and Paul Simon, Hard Rock Calling is the chance of a lifetime for Hey Monea! to gain exposure and showcase their talent in front of today’s most iconic artists.

Dedicated to live music and its support of emerging artists, Hard Rock International, in a partnership with online music services company ReverbNation, launched Hard Rock Rising, the brand’s largest Battle of the Bands competition ever with more than 12,000 bands entering and 841 bands competing live on Hard Rock stages in 86 locations around the world!  Hey Monea! will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment, including a spot on the main stage at Hard Rock Calling 2012.

Posted on May 04, 2012 | Tags: ,

Hey Monea! from Cleveland, Ohio, took the top spot in Hard Rock Rising: The Global Battle Of The Bands. Fierce competition during every phase of the contest didn't deter Hey Monea!, as they kept their eyes straight ahead and focused on winning. From creatively motivating their fans to vote online to getting airtime on Cleveland morning TV, the band really, really, really wanted to win this thing. And they did!

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.

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