Battle of the Bands – Hard Rock Rising 2012

Want to play at London’s historic Hyde Park in 2012!? Hard Rock is looking for a band to perform at Hard Rock Calling, a three day music festival this July, and it could be you!

What’s this about?
Hard Rock Rising 2012 is THE global battle of the bands; spanning the world in search of music’s next big talent. Participating Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will host local battles to find a band that can represent their city in a global competition. 86 cities will compete but only one will win. The band that ultimately wins will be awarded the opportunity of a lifetime; a trip to London to perform in Hyde Park and open Hard Rock Calling 2012.

Hard Rock Calling has quickly become one of Europe’s most exciting music festivals. Over the past 5 years, headliners such as Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, The Killers, Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks have rocked Hyde Park. And with thousands of fans and top headliners, Hard Rock Calling 2012 is the chance of a lifetime for emerging bands to gain exposure and showcase their talent in front of today’s most iconic artists. For more information, check out

The Details

Entry Process:
It’s easy to enter the competition. If you are interested, please complete the entry process and submit a track. Once the entry process is complete, you’ll move on to competition phase 1, where you’ll need to gain enough local votes to participate in the live battle events at your local Hard Rock Cafe. Voting for local participation will take place online between Jan 25 and Feb 5. Hard Rock will announce the start of the online voting program, so fans can download tracks for free from each local Hard Rock Cafe Facebook page. Each download will count as a “vote” for that band. Fans can vote for as many bands as they would like, however they can only vote for each band once and will be required to “Like” the local Hard Rock Facebook page. There is no registration or fee required for fans.
Local Battle Events:
Once local voting is complete on Feb 5, each participating cafe will invite the top (minimum of) 9 bands to perform at live battle events hosted between Feb 13 – Apr 1. Only those bands who received the most votes will be chosen to participate in the local battles. During the local competition, bands will perform for fans and judges who will choose a winner to move on to the global competition and represent their city to compete for the grand prize. The winning band in each city will receive some pretty cool stuff: $500 (equivalent in local currency), a $500 Hard Rock Cafe Gift Certificate and a 1 year subscription to the top tier ReverbNation Deluxe Service Package to aid in promoting participation in Hard Rock Rising 2012.
Global Competition:
The winning band from each city will move on to compete globally. 86 will compete via online judging to determine the top 10 bands. Votes will only be accepted from April 7 – 22, so use your time wisely to promote and gain votes. Once again, fans can download tracks for free on Hard Rock Cafe Facebook pages but during this phase, a fan can only vote for one band. After the first download/vote, they can continue to download free tracks but they will not count as votes. Fans will be required to “like” a Hard Rock Facebook page to participate but there is no registration or fee required. Once the top 10 have been chosen, on April 23rd, they will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts and one will be crowned the Hard Rock Rising grand prize winner and announced to the world on May 2.

What’s the Catch?

There is no cost to participate. Hard Rock Rising THE Global Battle of the Bands is designed to support up and coming artists while providing free music to fans and ultimately, to show Hard Rock’s appreciation and connection to its musical roots. See the Hard Rock Rising Hard Rock Rising 2012 Official Rules for more details.

Battle of the Bands - Hard Rock Rising 2012

Basic Submission Guidelines:

Legalese – To participate, you must read and understand the official rules.
It is important that you, as band representative, and each member of your band, read and understand the Official Rules prior to entering. If you are chosen to perform locally, prior to your performance each band member will be required to sign an official entry form confirming that they have read and agree to the Official Rules.
If you do not qualify, please don’t apply. There are hundreds of bands who want this, so please step aside if you don’t fit the bill.
You must have the legal right to use and perform all songs that you use or perform in the Contest.
We can’t say it enough. Please review the Hard Rock Rising Official Rules for more details.

Please don’t make us kick you out.
We’re as irreverent as they come, but if you are outright offensive, we’ll be forced to give you the boot. Whether it’s your song lyrics, title or your band name, we’ll be keeping an eye/ear out for anything that might be uncalled for. So please, be cool.

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