House Of Thieves Win Hard Rock Rising Manchester

House Of Thieves Win Hard Rock Rising Manchester


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House Of Thieves Crowned Winners Of Hard Rock Rising Manchester


Guest judge, James Walsh of Starsailor fame performed


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House of Thieves has been crowned winner of Hard Rock Rising Manchester. The Nottingham band will now go on to represent Hard Rock Cafe Manchester in the Hard Rock Rising global battle of the bands competition.

Hard Rock Rising is the world’s largest and most far-reaching battle of the bands competition. Thousands of emerging local bands in the North registered to take part in Hard Rock Rising Manchester and nine were chosen to compete for the chance to be crowned Hard Rock Rising Manchester champion.  Over the past month, those nine bands have competed in three preliminary battles, which culminated in a brilliant final battle last night and House of Thieves were names victorious.

“What a night – we won! Thank you to everyone for coming, thank you to everyone involved! We are all buzzing!”

The final was judged by the panel of local industry experts including Real Radio XS presenter Steve Berry and Real XS Radio programmer Trevor White as well as Dan Clifford from Manchester Rocks. Guest judge, James Walsh, of the incredible ‘Starsailor’ fame who joined the panel especially for last nights final also treated the crowd to a special performance.

“It's always great to head home and perform in the North West of the country' said James Walsh, Starsailor frontman, 'it's an added bonus to be involved in a programme such as Hard Rock Rising and having the opportunity to play such an integral part in discovering and supporting young talent. Congratulations to House of Thieves and I wish them every success with the rest of the competition and their music careers'”.

The next stage of the Hard Rock Rising competition will see a panel of industry experts review all the bands that have won their local Hard Rock Rising battle. Of all the local winners from around the world, including House of Thieves, five will be chosen to perform at a final, live battle of the bands at Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona in July ahead of the Hard Rock Barcelona Music Festival.

The band crowned champion of the final battle will be Hard Rock Rising’s 2015 overall winner and perform to a thousands-strong crowd at the fantastic Hard Rock Barcelona Music Festival on 24 – 25 July 2015.

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Photos: Phil Goddard

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