Battle of the Bands

Hard Rock Rising Tampa - Battle of the Bands Registrations Open

Hard Rock and 97x are looking for the next big thing in the Tampa Bay area. Featuring Hard Rock Rising Tampa - Battle of the Bands, where local bands take the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe for the chance to play at this year's 97x Next Big Thing!

Musical acts will have to - quite literally - battle it out for their shot at next level fame.

Rising to the Next Level, starting June 18!

Beginning Monday, June 18 at 10am EDT, this page will feature a registration form to enter your band - or yourself - into the Hard Rock Rising contest. You'll need to be at least 16 years of age and a completed ReverbNation account featuring two original songs. The submission period will end on Friday, June 29, at 4pm EDT.

Grand Prize Winner: Play at 97x Next Big Thing 2018 (and more..)

After 4 bands slug it out in the finale, one grand prize winner will have the chance of a lifetime to play on stage at 97x Next Big Thing 2018. The winner will also receive an "Insta-Band" package from Dean Guitars that includes a five-piece drum kit, two electric guitars, and one electric bass guitar.

You will be Judged.

The live competition judges will include a variety of music industry professionals. There will be five categories included in the judging criteria.

Timeline of events

Contest sign ups begin June 18 at 10am EDT and ends on June 29 at 4pm EDT.

On July 9, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will announce 3 finalists to compete in the live Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands! In addition, 3 wild card finalists will be selected. The wild cards will be entered into a social media vote to determine the 4th entrant, lasting from July 9 through July 13.

The wild card finalist will be announced July 16.

The stage will be set with 4 bands battling it out on August 1 on the Hard Rock Cafe Tampa stage.

Create Your ReverbNation Profile

Before you register your band, make sure your ReverbNation profile contains the below information to be eligible for the contest.

If you have any questions about the contest, please send an email to

© 2018. No Purchase Necessary. To enter the Hard Rock Rising Tampa Battle of the Bands 2018 contest, sign up by 11:59pm on June 29,2018. All applicants must be at least 16 years of age or older. There is a limit of one (1) entry per band. Only Bands selected from qualifying entries may perform at the Hard Rock Tampa Cafe. For all entry and eligibility requirements, prize descriptions, and full official rules and details, download the full rules.