Submitting to this opportunity is FREE — No Press Kit Required

Are you ready to rock in front of 60,000 fans in Barcelona, Spain?

Hard Rock is hosting a worldwide search for musicians and bands to play the inaugural Hard Rock Rising music festival in Barcelona, Spain, and it could be you! This is your official invitation to enter Hard Rock Rising 2015 THE global battle of the bands.

Five Regional winners will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Barcelona and ONE Grand Prize winner is guaranteed a spot to play this summer’s Hard Rock Rising music festival main stage in Barcelona, Spain.

Free to enter | No Press Kit required

REGISTER: Log in or signup to ReverbNation and submit an original song.

BUILD BUZZ: Show the local contest administrators you deserve a spot to compete live! Showcase your local support and live performance activity by posting photos and videos utilizing the hashtag #HardRockRising.

GET VOTES: Promote your song and gather fan votes online to secure a spot. The band with the most votes will secure a slot to compete live in a Hard Rock Rising Battle.

PLAY LIVE: Hard Rock locations around the world will host a series of live competitions featuring local bands that BUILD BUZZ, GET VOTES and impress the local contest administrators. Winners will advance to the regional round, and the top 5 regional bands will advance to the global competition in Barcelona.

What Can I Win?

Prizes vary from Hard Rock gear, to cash, to playing for 60,000 fans at Hard Rock Rising Barcelona, this summer’s hottest music festival. Interested? Check out the official rules and enter now.

Application Process

To complete the application process, you must login or create an account on ReverbNation, select an original song, and agree to the official program terms and conditions. Bands must be within a 100-mile radius or within the same country of a local competition and participating market. There is no registration fee required for participation.

Buzz Period

Create. Share. Build Buzz. Once the application process is complete, you will be prompted to share your submission with fans via social networks. You will also receive a confirmation email with tips and information to help improve your chances. Utilize the #HardRockRising hashtag to create buzz around your entry and show the local contest administrators why you deserve to perform and compete live. You can use the buzz period page to help guide your efforts during the buzz period, and improve the probability that you are selected to advance to the live battle round.


Voting will begin on February 2, 2015, at which time you will receive an email with a unique voting link. You can share this link with fans, which will enable them to vote for your band between February 2 – February 16, 2015. The top vote-getter in each local competition will be guaranteed a spot to play live in the local battle competition.

Live Battles

Each participating competition will invite the top bands to perform at live battle events hosted between March 2 – May 8, 2015. During these live events, bands will perform for fans and judges, who will choose a winner to move on to the live regional battle.

The regional battle will be hosted between May 9 – May 15, 2015. During this time, an industry judge panel will review the local finalists in each region and determine one Regional Winner for each; for a total of 5 Regional Winners. These 5 Regional Winners will win an all expense paid trip to Barcelona Spain, to battle live at Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona.

The global competition in Barcelona, Spain will be hosted on July 23, 2015. The five regional finalists will battle live on stage to determine the Grand Prize Winner of Hard Rock Rising 2015 Battle of the Bands.


All musicians who compete at the live battles will win a Hard Rock shirt.

The Local Winner in each market wins $1,000 USD.

The Five Regional winners (one from each region) will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Barcelona.

The Grand Prize winner is guaranteed a spot to play this summer’s Hard Rock Rising music festival main stage in Barcelona, Spain. The 4 runner up bands, will gain access to the event to attend the festival.

What’s the Catch?

There is no cost to participate. Hard Rock Rising 2015 is a competition designed to support up-and-coming Bands 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 2015 Official Rules for more details.

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