From late October to November, Florence will “rock” with Rock Contest 2015, one of the best Rock music events in Italy. The Rock Contest is, as its name tells, a talent scouting event in which young rock bands present their music, gain more popularity, and compete to be ultimately selected in the final round.
The Rock Contest of Florence has been taking place here since 1984, organized by a local radio station of Florence called Controradio. Although Controradio is a local radio station, this contest is not at all a small local event. In fact, Rock Contest of Florence is a huge national competition. All rock music lovers in Italy keep their eyes on, dreaming that they will be on its stage someday, or wishing their favorite band to be the winner.
This contest did not gain such fame for nothing. A thousand of rock bands all over Italy register, but only thirty of them are selected to be a part of this contest. If put in numbers, only 3% of all applicants can actually go on stage. Rock Contest of Florence is one of the most long-standing music festivals, and also one of the longest. The bands go through three months long selection process, involving a number of concerts and performances. Audience’s role is crucial, as their votes decide who will be the final winner. The prize for the final winner includes recording of an album and opening for high caliber artists.