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Wed 20 Mar 2013, 8:00pm–11:30pm

Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: publicity8

Gold Coast bands lead the charge as top nine revealed.

Gold Coast bands are leading the charge in the world’s biggest battle of the bands, with seven out of the nine bands shortlisted by public vote to compete live, from the Glitter Strip.

Nine bands will compete at the Hard Rock Surfers Paradise across three live performance heats over the next month as part of Hard Rock Rising, the annual battle of the bands that this year has attracted entries from over 12,000 bands around the world.

Over 400,000 votes have been cast and 536,000 free songs downloaded from participating artists, sharing local undiscovered music with fans worldwide.

A record number of 71 bands entered this year’s local competition, up from 66 bands in 2012 and the finalists include Gold Coast pop rap girl band Sneeky Picnic, Gold Coast metal band The Black Swamp and Gold Coast’s exotic pop-reggae band Mayan Fox who were clear contenders in the lead up, taking out top three most voted bands.

The other bands competing in the heats over the next three weeks include Brisbane based rock band Varia and Gold Coast bands Midnight Antics, Simulation, Tuesday’s Good, Double Lined Minority and Hans Solo.

The annual Hard Rock Rising encourages bands throughout the world to enter and compete against other bands for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play on a world tour in six cities with all expenses paid, make an album, record a music video and win new equipment valued at $10,000.

Hard Rock in Surfers Paradise is one of only two venues in Australia participating in the world-wide competition, giving Gold Coast musicians a real shot at taking out the prize.

Hard Rock Surfers Paradise General Manager Paul McNally said three heats will be held over the next few weeks and the nine bands will play and be judged by a panel of top industry professionals, before heading to the grand final.

“We’ve secured some top industry judges for our three heats and the winners from each three heats will then rock off at the Hard Rock Rising Grand Final in Surfers Paradise in front of large crowds of supporters and music lovers, giving bands an energetic concert-feel to perform in front of,” he said.

“We are excited to announce that this year’s judging panel includes industry professional Guy Cooper who is a music producer, manager and label owner. Plus we have Ross Williams, a Griffith University lecturer in popular music who has extensive experience in record label A&R and as a professional touring muso.”

“Rounding off the panel is true local rocker Jeff Hoad, who as lead singer of Kings of the Sun, toured the world with KISS and Guns & Roses,” he said.

The Gold Coast winner of Hard Rock Rising will get to perform live on the beach at the 2013 Surfers Paradise Festival’s Hard Rock Rocks the Beach April 6, among a stellar line-up of international acts.

They will then be judged against local winners around the world, with the winners of Hard Rock Rising world-wide winning an international tour performing in Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Chicago and Honolulu.

This is Hard Rock Surfers Paradise’s second year hosting Hard Rock Rising.

“We’re so excited to be involved again this year as it takes us back to good live music at its heart where bands compete to be the best and audiences are flooded with the sweet sounds of rock and roll,” said Mr McNally.

Gold Coasters can support their favourite bands for free by coming down to Hard Rock Surfers Paradise to watch the bands battle it out live.

Line up:
- Sneeky Picnic
- The Midnight Antics
- Hans Solo

The industry judging panel will be Ross Williams, Guy Cooper and Jeff Hoad.

For additional information please visit the Facebook page above or call Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise on (07) 5539 9377.