Hard Rock Cafe are hosting the North West region’s #HardRockRising and will collecting donations for Forever Manchester. Chief Exec Nick Massey will be a guest judge.

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.”

As well as Nick, a panel of international music industry professionals will 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.

The event is free to attend, with an optional donation upon arrival, which will come straight to Forever Manchester.