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Hard Rock Rising 2016

Hear the artists who made it to the final round of the 2015 Global Battle of the Bands.

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Rock Local, Win Global

In 2015, thousands of bands from around the world went head-to-head for a spot on the main stage at Hard Rock Rising in Barcelona, Spain. After a fierce competition and countless stellar performances, a panel of judges (including ReverbNation's own Chief Creative Officer, Simon Perry), selected Minneapolis, MN's Enemy Planes as the global winner. Check out music from the past year's performers below, and then submit your own music to be a part of this year's ROCK LOCAL/WIN GLOBAL competition from Hard Rock Rising.


Hard Rock and ReverbNation are again partnering up to find the best local, unsigned artists to perform at this year’s Hard Rock Rising ROCK LOCAL/WIN GLOBAL music showcase. On June 1, 2016, more than 100 Hard Rock Cafes & Hotels across the globe will host a local music showcase to find "the best of the best."

Each band selected to perform on June 1st at their Hard Rock Cafe will receive $250 USD as well as the opportunity to perform in front of local industry movers and shakers. Each local winner will be submitted to a panel of industry judges who will select four (4) standout regional artists for a professionally-produced music video that will be added to rotation on Hard Rock’s in-house video system, a Fender prize pack and more.

Those regional artists will then move on to compete for top honors as Hard Rock Rising's "Artist of the Year." This artist will receive $50,000 and a trip to perform at the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza.

How Does This Work?

Three (3) ReverbNation artists will be selected by each local cafe/hotel and one (1) “wildcard” will be chosen via social media voting. Winners from each local cafe will be submitted to the panel of industry judges to determine the regional and grand prize winners.

What Can I Win?

Local cafe winners: Each band participating in the June 1st cafe events will receive $250 USD

Four (4) Regional winners: Professionally-produced music video that will be added to the Hard Rock Cafe video system for their region, a 1000 CD/DVD pack of their latest recording and video from Bison Disc and a Fender Instruments prize pack

One (1) Grand Prize winner: All of the above, plus $50,000 USD and a trip to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza in September 2016

This year's ROCK LOCAL/WIN GLOBAL competition is not just about cash and gear prizes, but also real exposure for the winning artists to truly help advance their careers.