Registration Open

Artist registration for the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands 2017 is now open.

Enter for a chance at a trip to perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, a professionally-produced music video, a Fender instruments prize pack, $1,000 USD and much more!

Registration ends March 31st, 2017.

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What is it?

Hard Rock is looking for the best unsigned artists to perform at this year‘s Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands. On select dates between May 18th and May 25th, more than 125 Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels, and Casinos around the globe will host a local music showcase to find the best of the best. The Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida and a professionally-produced music video which will be added to the rotation at Hard Rock locations worldwide!

How It Works

Where and When?

Each participating Hard Rock location will host live music events between May 18th and May 25th, selecting one of the performers to be submitted for regional judging. Slots for this contest are very limited, so we are giving local artists an opportunity to leverage their social media fan bases for a shot at participation.

Who Picks the Acts?

Each participating Hard Rock will select the acts for their showcase in conjunction with ReverbNation. We’re looking for great songs, originality, and charisma — the real deal.

Got a Huge Social Media Following?

One competition slot at each location is reserved for a “Social Media Wildcard.” Upon registration, you’re automatically eligible for this wildcard slot.

From May 1st to May 6th, this website will showcase all artists competing for the Social Media Wildcard slot. The band with the most votes in each location is guaranteed to perform during the live competition. All other performers are selected by Hard Rock and ReverbNation from the pool of entrants.


1. Register

The first step is to register using this website. Registration begins on March 2nd, 2017 and runs until March 30th, 2017. Registration is managed by our friends at ReverbNation. You don’t have to be a current member of ReverbNation to enter, but you’ll need to create a ReverbNation profile during the entry process.

2. Upload

Upload your best original song (no covers, please). Choose your song wisely — it will be the main criteria for being selected to perform.

3. Vote

When the contest begins, you will be e-mailed a link to your band on this website. Share this link with your fans via social media or whatever means you desire. Tell your fans to click the “VOTE FOR US” button to show their support. Voting runs from May 1st to May 6th.

4. Watch

Stay tuned for updates.


Local Winners

Regional Winners

Global Artist of the Year

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