Hard Rock Rising 2015 — The Global Battle of the Bands Returns to ReverbNation

Last year, over 9,000 Artists from 70 countries competed to perform in front of 40,000 fans in Rome, Italy. Seattle’s Joyfield ended up taking home the grand prize after being hand-selected from the final round of 25 global Artists. Hard Rock Rising 2014 was a huge event for Artists across the world, so we are excited to announce that Hard Rock Rising is coming back for another round.

You can now enter for a chance to play the main stage of Hard Rock Rising 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. With more than 85 cafes participating worldwide, Artists from all corners of the globe will have a chance to compete for top honors. Best of all, submission is FREE.

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Joyfield Announced the Grand Prize Winner of Hard Rock Rising 2014 Global Battle of the Bands

The Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands has been five months in the making, and ReverbNation and Hard Rock are excited to announce the official winners of this exciting competition.


Coming out on top is Joyfield, a Seattle-based indie-rock band who will rock out in Rome for 40,000 fans. This band is ready to take the stage in Piazza Del Popo, after making it through numerous rounds of fan voting and being hand-selected from the 25 finalists by a panel of industry pros.

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Rock Out in Rome, Achieve Global Band Domination in Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands 2014

Is 2014 your breakout year? It could be, if you take a chance and enter Hard Rock Rising, a global battle of the bands that puts you up against some fierce competition for the ultimate prize of worldwide exposure and a performance for an audience of 40,000 in Rome, Italy. There’s nothing holding you back, because Hard Rock Rising is FREE to enter for anyone with a ReverbNation profile – no RPK required!

Now that you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, yes, your band could have the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Rome to play for 40,000 fans on the mainstage in Piazza del Popolo! ReverbNation and Hard Rock want to find the next rising music star and we’d like to make it as easy as possible for you and your band to show us your stuff. Even if you aren’t crowned the winner, two runners-up win $10,000 (or the equivalent) in band gear, and winners at the local cafe competitions can win tons of other great prizes, not to mention free publicity for your music. If you’re good enough to conquer Hard Rock Rising 2014, your chariot awaits. But before you start packing your suitcase and dreaming of all the delicious pizza and pasta you’d like to devour in Italy, here’s the lowdown on how the competition works.

Hard Rock Rising 2014 is THE Global Battle of the Bands, taking place online and in 82 participating Hard Rock Café locations around the world. Hard Rock taps into the talent of ReverbNation artists to find the best of the best. Artists who reside within one of the 40 qualifying countries who want to participate can submit their music between Jan. 6 – Jan. 27. The process is simple and you’ll be entered before you can say “Ciao!” Bands must compete in a cafe that is no more than 100 miles away from the hometown listed on their ReverbNation page. If you live in a qualifying country with no Hard Rock Cafe nearby, never fear! You can still enter in the “Virtual Café.”

Between Feb. 3 – Feb. 17, music fans will vote on your music to help the best bands rise to the top. Fans “Vote” for an artist by downloading their song in the Hard Rock Rising app on any participating Hard Rock Café’s Facebook Page, including the “Virtual Café” page. Fans may download a song from a single artist more than once, but it will only count as one vote. During this period, fans can vote for as many artists as they’d like!

The competition heats up over the next eight weeks, as the local battles begin! Top-voted bands, plus the Wild Card band, will compete live at various Hard Rock Café locations between Feb. 24 – Apr. 21. If you’re hanging out in the Virtual Café, you’ll be playing for a panel of judges rather than a live audience. During the live battle, bands will perform for fans and judges, who will choose a winner to move on to the global competition and represent their city as the Local Finalist, competing for the Grand Prize. The local finalist in each market will win $250 cash, a $250 Hard Rock Café Gift Certificate and move on to the global vote round; one step closer to rocking out in Rome.

All is fair in love of music and this war of bands, and all finalists will battle it out online during the final voting phase, which will take place from Apr. 28 – May 7. During this final phase, fans can only vote for one artist, but are still free to download music from all the bands. The top 25 bands will be determined through online judging, and a panel of the best badasses in the music industry will choose the grand prize winner and two runners-up. The winners will be announced May 12! At that point, it’s safe for the grand prize winner to start brushing up on their Italian, and for the runners-up to start making their wish lists of new equipment.

We’ve been around the block with Hard Rock Rising a few times before, but we are as excited as ever to kick off Hard Rock Rising 2014 and can’t wait to see what’s in store for all participating bands. Submit to enter now and have a chance to be a part of THE global battle of the bands. REMEMBER: The deadline to enter is Jan. 27. Also be sure to check out all of the participating cafè locations in the list below, or find the Virtual Cafè on the Hard Rock Facebook page. Have more questions? Visit the Artist FAQ page, Fan FAQ page and read the official contest rules.


[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]United States[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]International[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Atlanta, GA[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Athens, Greece[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Atlantic City, NJ[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Bali, Indonesia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Baltimore, MD[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Bangkok, Thailand[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Biloxi, MS[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Beirut, Lebanon[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Boston, MA[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Bengaluru, India[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Chicago, IL[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Berlin, Germany[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Cleveland, OH[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Bogata, Columbia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Dallas, TX[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Budapest, Hungary[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Denver, CO[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Buenos Aires, Argentina[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Destin, FL[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Caracas, Venezuela[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Detroit, MI[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Cartagena, Columbia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Foxwoods, CT[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Cologne, Germany[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Gatlinburg, TN[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Copenhagen, Denmark[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Blvd.[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Dublin, Ireland[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Hollywood, FL[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Edinburgh, Scotland[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Honolulu, HI[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Houston, TX[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Hamburg, Germany[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Indianapolis, IN[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Hyderabad, India[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Key West, FL[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Jakarta, Indonesia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Lake Tahoe, NV[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Krakow, Poland[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Las Vegas Strip, NV[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Louisville, KY[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Lisbon, Portugal[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]Maui, HI[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]London, England[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Memphis, TN[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Madrid, Spain[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Miami, FL[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Makati, Phillipines[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Myrtle Beach, SC[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Mallorca, Spain[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Nashville, TN[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Malta[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]New Orleans, LA[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Manchester, England[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]New York, NY[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Marbella, Spain[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Niagara Falls, NY[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Margarita, Venezuela[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Orlando, FL[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Medellin, Columbia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Phoenix, AZ[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Moscow, Russia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Pittsburgh, PA[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Mumbai, India[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]San Diego, CA[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Munich, Germany[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]San Francisco, CA[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=”” ]New Delhi, India[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Seattle, WA[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Panama, Republic of Panama[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]St. Louis, MO[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Paris, France[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Tampa, FL[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Penang, Malaysia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” class=”” style=””]Washington, DC[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” class=”” style=””]Prague, Czech Republic[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]—[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]Pune, India[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]—[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]—[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]Singapore[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]—[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]Surfer’s Paradise, Australia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]—[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]Sydney, Australia[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]—[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]Toronto, Canada[/wpcol_1half_end]

[wpcol_1half id=”” style=””]—[/wpcol_1half] [wpcol_1half_end id=”” style=””]Warsaw, Poland[/wpcol_1half_end]


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ReverbNation band wins the 2013 Hard Rock Rising Global Battle of the Bands! Drum roll, please…

Over 12,000 bands entered for a chance
to win an opportunity of a lifetime.

Only one was left standing: The Carnabys survived three rounds of voting, battling it out on the live stage and securing thousands of votes online to make the Top 25 in Hard Rock Rising 2013 – THE global battle of the bands contest held by Hard Rock Cafe in exclusive partnership with ReverbNation.

Chosen as the grand-prize winner by a panel of music industry experts, The Carnabys secured a spot on the bill at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London as part of a WORLD TOUR. “This year we saw some really high-level competitors and with such an amazing prize on the line, the scoring process for all of us on the judging panel was more difficult than ever before,” said John Kirkpatrick, Hard Rock International’s Head of Music & Artist Relations.

“Ultimately it was The Carnabys who stood out because of their songwriting, musicianship and performance level. We look forward to welcoming them to our Hard Rock stages!”

In addition to sharing the stage with Bruce Springsteen, The Black Crowes, Zac Brown Band and Alabama Shakes, The Carnabys won tons of new band gear, earned the opportunity to make an album and video with Hard Rock Records, and are lined up to go on a World Tour with stops in amazing cities such as Sydney, Chicago, Tokyo, and Honolulu. Now that’s rock star treatment.

Let’s not forget about this year’s two runner ups: Bop Skizzum and Sunwill! With $10,000 worth of new band gear and their music exposed to new fans around the world, they’re certainly not going home empty-handed. Check ’em out here:

Bop Skizzum (Denver, Colorado)


Sunwill (Moscow, Russia)


A huge congratulations to these talented and well-deserving bands!

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Vote! Send a ReverbNation Band to London’s Hard Rock Calling and Download 80+ Free Songs

Back in January, ReverbNation partnered with Hard Rock Cafe to launch an epic global competition. The goal? Narrow down a field of over 12,000 applicants from cities around the world to find the buzziest, most beloved band. The contest started at the local level with 86 download competitions hosted on each participating local Hard Rock Cafe’s Facebook page. Only locals were allowed to vote to ensure we were starting with the best local talent pool available. Then it moved to the live stage. Over 850 semi-finalists geared up and trucked in to Hard Rock locations around the world to perform their hit song and face judging from their peers. For the full details, we wrote a blog post about it.

Well folks, after three months and two rounds, we’ve slimmed the competition to one finalist from each city. In this last phase, all 80+ finalists will battle it out online to see who can gather the most votes. Anyone with a valid Facebook account may vote, but you can only vote for one band. So choose wisely. The top 10 vote-getters will be judged by a celebrity panel but only one will win a trip to London to open Hard Rock Calling!

Music discovery gives us that warm and fuzzy feeling. Do you feel it too? All 80+ songs in this final phase are free to download!  Support your local city rep by voting their song then discover and download as many songs as you want!

Get Free Music and Vote>>

For making it to the Global Phase of Hard Rock Rising, all finalists are taking home a year of ReverbNation premium service  — RPKs, FanReach Pro, Pro Widgets, and MegaSong Storage — $500 in cash, $500 in Hard Rock Cafe credit, and $500 toward a sponsored PROMOTE IT campaign, to help them promote their song during the competition. PROMOTE IT is a revolutionary premium marketing service from ReverbNation that allows artists to promote a song on Facebook through our powerful and easy-to-use interface. Finalists in Hard Rock Rising will  have a custom banner on their PROMOTE IT landing page that solicits fans to vote and drives them to the Hard Rock Rising contest app with the artist’s song at the very top!

Second and third prize winners will also receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, in additional PROMOTE IT credits. The grand prize winner will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment, including a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2012, headlined by Bruce Springsteen.

Learn More About PROMOTE IT

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