For the fifth straight year, Hard Rock 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 gives 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!

“At Hard Rock, music is the heart and soul of everything we stand for, and we can’t wait to welcome new talent to our international stages through this year’s Hard Rock Rising program,” said John Galloway, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Hard Rock International. “Since 2010, Hard Rock Rising has been a staple of our live music program, and attracts more than 15,000 bands annually. We look forward to supporting promising artists in hopes of exposing them to new fans and opportunities to enhance their music careers.”

Hard Rock has partnered with ReverbNation - the global leader in providing independent musicians tools to manage every aspect of their careers to host ots annual Hard Rock Rising competition.

Registration is now open for bands wishing to participate in the international battle, closing on Monday 26 January. Hard Rock’s iconic brand and dynamic live music program and ReverbNation’s unique platform, curation capabilities and extensive community of more than 3.8 million artists in 250 countries worldwide, emerging and undiscovered talent is the perfect platform to catapult the music careers and expose themselves to Hard Rock’s global audience.