Region 2 Winner
The European region was a hotbed of great rock bands this year, but the judges were seriously impressed with Kapitan Stereo – a Polish rock quartet from Szczecin who competed at the Hard Rock Cafe in Gdansk. With a sound steeped in classic rock, postpunk, blues and psychedelia, Kapitan Stereo’s guitar-driven approach is simultaneously fresh and familiar. They’ve got a great melodic sensibility, but are never too far removed from the raw riff power that drives so much of the best rock music. Hard Rock is proud to name Kapitan Stereo Hard Rock Rising 2017 European champions.