National, India, March 5, 2015 – For the fifth straight year, Hard Rock Cafe continues its commitment to aspiring musicians by holding a worldwide search for talented bands to showcase on its international stage. Hard Rock Rising, the world’s most far-reaching ‘battle of the bands’ competition is giving the local groups a shot at stardom with an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona, Spain to compete for the chance to perform at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona music festival this summer!

Starting on Thursday, 5th March 2015, Hard Rock Cafe New Delhi & Gurgaon will began a series of live battle events where India’s undiscovered talents will vie for the top spot to represent the city in Hard Rock Rising’s global battle of the bands competition. The votes are in and Facebook fans from around the world have narrowed down more than 10,000 bands to its top competitors with only a select few moving on to the next round of live performances.



Hard Rock Cafe – New Delhi
March 05, 2015
Yesterdrive, Funkasaur and The Iyer Project
March 12, 2015
  Hanita Bhambri collective    (wild card), Paperboat – Blues, Kamakshi Khanna - Singer Songwriter and Aman Sagar - Pop
March 19, 2015
Frisky Pints, De-Psy-Fer – Rock and Ratnang Singh - Singer songwriter 
Hard Rock Cafe – Gurgaon
March 05, 2015
ABN   - Rap, Sumit Raj (solo artist) and Slapdash Tavern (Wildcard) – Blues
March 12, 2015
Man goes Human, Megh Praks and The Lost Symbols – Indie
March 19, 2015
AgArwAl - Rap - really nice and Udan Tashtri – Experimental

The bands are judged by a panel of local industry experts who include Nitin Malik (Parikrama), Ashish Chauhan (Director Survilla academy of Music / Ex Nasya) and Varun Rajput (Ex Nasya / Present - Antariksh) in New Delhi and Gavin Pacheco(EX Faridkot, Present Desi Roots and Gone phishing), Ankur Sabharwal (Veteran music, Ex member of the band Canzona)and Palash Bedi (Producer, Overdrive records) in Gurgaon.

One winner will be chosen from each round to compete in the final local battle on Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, where judges will select one band to represent Hard Rock Cafe India as they move on to compete against other winners from Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world at Barcelona. The winning local band will get a cash prize of US$1,000.

What: Live Battle of the Bands for Hard Rock Rising 2015
When: March 2015 : Every Thursday, 8 pm onwards
Where: Hard Rock Cafe - New Delhi & Gurgaon
Contact: 011 -47158888, 0124 –4949630

The Battle to Take the Stage in Barcelona
Bands can visit to register to compete in the global battle. Bands must originate from within a 100-mile radius of a Hard Rock location in order to participate. Following open registration, bands that have entered will receive a unique URL to encourage their fans to vote. Fan voting will not be limited to a specific market and fans can vote for multiple bands located in any participating city. For full rules and a list of participating locations,
Bands with the largest number of votes in their cities will take the stage at participating Hard Rock locations around the world for a series of live battle events. One winner will be selected from each location by a panel of local industry judges. The winning band from each location will receive a prize and move on to the regional phase of the competition.

A panel of music industry professionals will then review the city winners to determine regional winners. Each of the regional winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona, Spain to perform at Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona for the final live battle event. The overall winner will perform on the main-stage at Hard Rock Rising 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 the Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands, providing a forum for today’s hottest new talent.  

Live in Barcelona
Hard Rock Rising Barcelona will take place on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Barcelona, Spain in front of 60,000 fans, featuring a lineup of international talent performing against the backdrop of the beach at El Forum. This unique and cultural music event gives music lovers the opportunity to witness the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona music festival and enjoy some of the hottest and most recognized names in music.