Top 6 Finalists Announced for Hard Rock Rising Barcelona!

The results are in and six talented bands are one step closer to taking the top spot for the 2015 Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition! In association with ReverbNation, Hard Rock’s global battle saw more than 13,000 bands enter, with hundreds of bands competing live on Hard Rock stages around the world, but only six bands have made it to the final live battle round, held in Barcelona on Thursday, July 23.

The six remaining finalists will compete to win a spot on the main stage at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival this summer, and will be considered for a development deal by Island Records. The weekend-long festival will take place at the Platja del Forum in Barcelona, Spain on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, 2015.

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Following several qualifying battle rounds and evaluation by Hard Rock’s panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals, Wolf Colony from New York, Enemy Planes from Minneapolis, Chanson Calhoun from Louisville, Ky., Break the Butterfly from Edinburgh, Blazer from Buenos Aires and DOROTHY from Osaka, Japan, will receive an expenses paid trip to Barcelona, Spain for the final live battle round at Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona on Thursday, July 23. In addition to being considered for a development deal with Island Records, finalists will compete for a spot on the bill at the Hard Rock Rising Barcelona global music festival, featuring headline performances by Kings of Leon, Avicii, Lenny Kravitz, Juanes, Robbie Williams and more!

This year’s celebrity judging panel included the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, legendary rocker and Poison frontman, Bret Michaels; Mumford & Sons’ bassist, Ted Dwane; Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie; lead vocalist and guitarist for Frightened Rabbit, Scott Hutchinson; Canadian pop multi-instrumentalist, Lights; bassist of the Taiwanese band Mayday, Masa; and Maps & Atlases’ Shiraz Dada.

“The competition was tough this year, but in the end we know we have chosen six incredible and unique bands to represent this year’s Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands competition,” said James Buell, Senior Director of Music and Marketing for Hard Rock International. “We are looking forward to seeing who makes it to the main stage in Barcelona!”

Committed to supporting music and emerging artists around the globe, Hard Rock International hosted more than 28,000 live music events worldwide in 2014. The brand continues its dedication to support of up-and-coming artists in 2015 with Hard Rock Rising concert events in the United States and Europe, providing a forum for music icons and today’s hottest new talent to connect with music fans around the world.