The Portuguese band BWO – “Brass Wires Orchestra” – is the winner of the Hard Rock International 2012 contest taking place in London, UK. The panel of international judges awarded Hey Monea! (USA) second place and FOS (Indonesia) third place.
Based in Lisbon, the BWO started playing for money in the street, in September 2011, and soon realized they were a big attraction. The band grew is size and is now formed by eight musicians.
The 2012 Hard Rock International competition had more than 12,000 bands entering, with 841 bands competing live on Hard Rock stages around the world of which 10 became finalists after music enthusiasts cast their vote worldwide.
The 10 talented bands were evaluated by a celebrity panel of judges and music industry professionals, including Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band, John Gourley, 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.
As the winner, the Brass Wires Orchestra will be flown to London to perform on the main stage at Hard Rock Calling 2012 scheduled to take place at the Hyde Park, in London, July 13-15.
Hard Rock Rising’s top 10 finalists were: Aliston Road (Moscow, Russia), Arcana (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), Brass Wires Orchestra (Lisbon, Portugal), Dustin Kahlil Band (Biloxi, Mississippi, USA), FOS (Jakarta, Indonesia), Hey Monea! (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), Molehill (Chicago, Illinois, USA), Superman is Dead (Bali, Indonesia), Sixty Ninth (Bangkok, Thailand), and The Alchemy Heart(Phoenix, Arizona, USA).