By Gaya Travel on April 10, 2012


PENANG, MALAYSIA, April 5, 201212,000+ bands entered worldwide. More than 275,000 votes were cast. 841 bands competed. And now, the results are in and Penang’s own Fin Chemistry has won the local round of Hard Rock Rising the global battle of the bands! After battling it out with several of the area’s top bands at Hard Rock Cafe Penang, Fin Chemistry is one step closer to winning the chance of a lifetime a spot on the bill at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival in London’s Hyde Park, featuring headlining performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul Simon and more to be announced! Now, it’s up to you, Penang, to show your support and help these emerging artists live out their dreams!


Fin Chemistry will now be pitted against 85 other Hard Rock Cafe local winners from across the globe. These local winners will be narrowed down to the top ten bands worldwide via fan voting on Hard Rock Facebook pages. Beginning April 9, 2012 at 10am EST, fans can vote and download free tracks from bands of their choice at Hard Rock Cafe Penang’s Facebook page. Once the global voting is complete and the top 10 are chosen, a panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals, including Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, John Gourley, singer of Portugal. The Man, Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit, Fyfe Dangerfield of Guillemots, Live Nation Vice President of Promotions Toby Leighton-Pope and Hard Rock International Chief Marketing Officer John Galloway, will select the top three winners.

The first place winner will be flown to London for the ultimate rock star treatment, including a spot on the bill at Hard Rock Calling 2012. Second and third prize winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, in ReverbNation PROMOTE IT credits, a revolutionary tool that creates targeted, highly effective Facebook advertising campaigns for musicians and venues promoting songs, Facebook pages and concerts.

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