Hard Rock reveals plans for 2011 Battle of the Bands

Calling all local bands, Wanna play London's Hard Rock Calling Festival?

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The Hard Rock Cafe has revealed plans for their 2011 Battle of the Bands, a global competition that will award bands the opportunity to perform at this summer’s Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park. New England-based bands who wish to participate have until the end of Friday to apply by calling the venue at 617-424-7625 to register. The local competition for Boston will take place next month and will also serve as a benefit for the Music Drives Us Foundation.

Three rounds of preliminary competition will take place Sunday, February 13, 20 and 27. The finals are scheduled to take place on Monday, March 14. Participating bands will perform before a panel of local celebrity judges and area music professionals.

The winner of Hard Rock Cafe Boston’s Battle of the Bands will be placed in one of four world regional categories, which will be narrowed down by a panel of acclaimed industry experts. Bands making it to the final phase will be posted on hardrock.com, where fans worldwide will vote on their favorites from each region.

All four regional winners will be flown to London, treated like rock stars and given a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2011, which will take place June 24 through June 26 in London’s Hyde Park. The band that receives the most fan votes will open for one of the festival’s iconic headliners on the Main Stage at Hard Rock Calling 2011, with the runners-up rocking out on the Second Stage.

Kingston 530 won Boston’s Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands in 2010.

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