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.
For the second year in a row, ReverbNation is proud to open submissions to Summerfest 2016. This free opportunity will give artists the chance to perform at "The World's Largest Music Festival" in Milwaukee, WI. Check out the details below, and then submit your best tracks today!
MILWAUKEE (January 4, 2016) – Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and ReverbNation launch year two of a three-year agreement that provides interested Artists the opportunity to take the stage at Summerfest, one of the largest and most successful music festivals in the world.
Since 1968, Summerfest has brought some of the biggest names in music, along with local favorites and emerging talent, to play for more than 850,000 music fans annually along the shores of Lake Michigan. This 11-day festival features more than 800 Artists spanning all genres, from alternative rock to country, hip-hop, Top 40, classic rock, indie and everything in between. Artists interested in the chance to perform at Summerfest can submit at Reverbnation.com now through March 31, 2016 for free.
“As we continue our efforts to provide the best and most diverse music to Summerfest fans, we are thrilled to be partnering with ReverbNation for a second year,” said Bob Babisch, Vice President of Entertainment, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “Last year, ReverbNation connected us with up and coming Artists that helped us build one of the strongest and most unique lineups we’ve seen in years and we’re excited to keep the momentum going.”
ReverbNation provides approximately 4 million Artists with exciting opportunities and promotional tools to achieve their career goals. ReverbNation’s curation-at-scale capability enables the company to identify bands among its members who are ready for high profile opportunities to build their careers, and empowers partners like Summerfest to discover emerging talent to continue to build a diverse lineup year after year. Last year, 40 ReverbNation Artists in total were offered slots to play at Summerfest.
“We are so pleased to be working with Summerfest for the second year in a row,” said Mike Doernberg, CEO of ReverbNation. “It’s a huge validation of our curation capabilities and of the quality of music on our roster. Additionally, we are pleased that Summerfest has worked with us to make the application process free of charge, something that was crucial for us and for our Artists. We’re all looking forward to having ReverbNation Artists performing on Summerfest’s world class stages again this year.”
Earlier this year, Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment were putting the finishing touches on their reimagining of the classic action thriller, Point Break. Almost every little detail of the film had been finished, but there was still one remaining item — a soundtrack. And if there is one thing any blockbuster film needs, it’s a killer soundtrack.
In keeping with the theme of reimagining this classic movie for a new generation, the producers turned to ReverbNation to find some great new music from our hugely talented artist base. And after more than 7,500 submissions, our Curation Team was able to help find the perfect fit — Oakland, CA’s Dig The Kid. Their song “Still Breathing” hit the perfect amount of anthemic and energetic that the film needed. Check out the song here:
TomorrowWorld is quickly becoming one of America's largest EDM festivals, with more than 160,000 festivalgoers in attendance at last year's festival. As part of our official TomorrowWorld opportunity, we spoke with the festival's marketing manager, Joe Silberzweig, about how TomorrowWorld sets itself apart from other festivals, and why artists should be paying attention this opportunity.
1) What makes TomorrowWorld unique in the crowded festival landscape, and why should an artist pay attention to this particular pop?
When TomorrowWorld’s creators decided to bring a version of the world famous Tomorrowland to America, they knew they had to do something different to capture America’s attention. TomorrowWorld is first and foremost an experiential event. Set on 8,000 acres of lush farmland within the forests of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, the festival is nestled in-between rolling hills and sprawling lakes. Additionally, the festival’s 21+ age limit creates an incredibly unique dynamic for fans. Artists love playing TomorrowWorld because they are truly part of the fairytale we create on site and an essential part of the experience we create. Artists also benefit through TomorrowWord’s owned channels such as the widely trafficked festival live-stream and through our social channels, which are the largest of any festival in America.
TomorrowWorld always looks to incorporate a wide array of electronic acts. While we are known for booking some of the world’s biggest DJ’s such as Tiesto, David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Armin Van Buuren, we always stress musical diversity. This year’s festival will feature 9 stages all showcasing different sounds and styles. We are proactive with our bookings and attend shows all around the world to identify emerging talent.
In addition, we are constantly exposed to talent through online channels such as Soundcloud, YouTube, ReverbNation etc. ReverbNation was a great fit for TomorrowWorld this year with the introduction of our live stage. While Reverb encompasses all genres of music, they excel in the live space and were the perfect partner to host our first ever competition to open the live stage.
3) What do you look for in an artist when booking them? What is the artist’s responsibility if booked?
TomorrowWorld approaches its bookings very differently than most other music festivals. We work with a variety of creatives, labels, and artists to host the majority of our stages and help set the tone of the event. This year we have tapped dozens of hosting partners across 9 stages to showcase their unique style and sound to TomorrowWorld attendees. Once an artist is booked, we expect them to deliver a captivating set that often encompasses an array of new music.
4) Why has TomorrowWorld decided to add a “Live” music stage?
TomorrowWorld continues to evolve each year and add new features to keep pushing the boundaries of music festivals. It’s also very important to us that we give our returning fans each year a new experience on site. We are very excited about the all-new Live Stage, which is actually the first live stage in TomorrowWorld and Tomorrowland’s storied history. Since festivalgoers are so open to an array of musical styles and influences, we felt it was important to add this stage to showcase the best artists across a wider musical spectrum.
5) EDM has dominated the music landscape for most of recent memory — is that trend fading at all?
Tomorrowland has been championing dance music for the past decade, and that will not any change anytime soon. While EDM may be approaching its peak, new genres, such as Future House or Tropical House, and exciting combinations of live and electronic acts, such as Caribou and Disclosure, continue to push the genre forward. Electronic Music has greatly benefitted from the rise of social media, which has also helped spawn overnight success for dozens of artists. More so than Live acts, one of the best things about being an electronic artist is the ease and accessibility of producing music. While I don’t think the electronic trend will fade anytime soon, it’s imperative the genre continues to reinvent itself to sustain its growth.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity — submissions close August 29th, 2015!
After more than 13,000 artist submissions were narrowed down to a select group of six finalists, the Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands came to an exciting finish yesterday! Performers took to the stage in Barcelona, Spain, for one last round of competition to see who would end up on this year’s Hard Rock Rising main stage.
We’re excited to announce that Minneapolis, MN’s Enemy Planes was selected as this year’s Hard Rock Rising grand prize winner, putting them on the main stage in Barcelona, Spain. They’ll be performing today, and we will be the first to bring you exclusive footage and behind-the-scenes info about his performance and the festival itself.
As June draws to a close, bands all across the world are gearing up for Summerfest, an annual mega-music festival in Milwaukee, WI. Known as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” Summerfest hosts approximately 900,000 attendees over its 11-day run and features over 800 bands from around the world.
And with a 2015 lineup that includes headliners such as The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Carrie Underwood, Linkin Park, and Ed Sheeran, this year’s Summerfest is where every music fan needs to be.
But this year’s festival also includes something we haven’t seen in years past: more than 40 ReverbNation artists, almost all of whom were selected through an official ReverbNation opportunity, who will be a part of the official festival lineup.
Over the past decade, sync licensing has established itself as a reliable source of income for emerging artists. Once the domain of only top-level performers, now artists at all levels are finding success with licensing. In addition to touring, merchandising, and album sales, sync licensing can boost your revenue on a consistent basis. And in today’s digital world, sync licensing is no longer only relegated to film and TV. Artists are placing music across a variety of platforms and devices, including video games, eBooks, and more.
But as attractive as licensing can be for an independent artist, it’s not the easiest realm to navigate. If you’re thinking about getting into this new arena, questions can begin to pile up. To help with that, we spoke to Josh Rabinowitz of New York City-based advertising agency, Grey, who are currently running two licensing opportunities with ReverbNation. Check out some of the helpful advice Joshua gave us, and then be sure to submit your music!
Since 1995, the Warped Tour has showcased not only some of the biggest names in punk and rock, but they’ve also created a platform for up-and-coming artists to get exposed to larger audiences. In fact, many consider The Warped Tour to be the first festival to bring artists like Blink-182, New Found Glory, and Katy Perry into the national spotlight.
In keeping with that tradition, The Warped Tour and Ernie Ball are working with ReverbNation for the fifth year to present a battle of the bands-style competition in which unsigned, independent artists compete for a two-week tour spot on this year’s Warped Tour.