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Scottish band captures Hard Rock’s Battle of the Bands

HOLLYWOOD — Moonlight Zoo from Glasgow, Scotland, beat out Sweet Fever from Nashville, Tenn., and Napkin from Curitiba, Brazil, to win the Hard Rock 2019 Battle of the Bands competition on June 21 at Hard Rock Café New York.

The final round, held on World Music Day, featured live performances on the iconic former Paramount Theater stage at Hard Rock Cafe in the Heart of Times Square.

Moonlight Zoo, a band from Scotland, celebrates winning the Hard Rock Battle of the Bands in June at Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. (Photo Moonlight Zoo/Facebook)

Moonlight Zoo took home the $15,000 grand prize as the winner of the competition after hitting a high note with the panel of major music label and industry executive judges.

“At Hard Rock Cafe, we are committed to seeking out talent and giving bands a platform to launch their music careers,” said Stephen K. Judge, President of Cafe Operations at Hard Rock International. “Throughout the competition we have been amazed by the level of talent displayed by participants around the globe, and this final round was no exception. Moonlight Zoo gave their heart and soul to the Battle of the Bands competition and we look forward to seeing what’s to come for them.”

Formed in 2015 in Dunfermline, Scotland, Moonlight Zoo made a splash with the launch of their first single, “Breaking or Broken” before launching their follow up single, “Wild” in 2018.

On the same day the band took home the grand prize for their final performance at Hard Rock Cafe New York, Moonlight Zoo launched their latest single, “Survive”, which will be a big part of an EP album and supporting tour that will take off later this year.

“Winning Hard Rock’s Battle of the Bands competition is an experience that has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Sean Francesco, front man for Moonlight Zoo. “We are so grateful for the opportunity Hard Rock has given us to come to New York City and showcase our talents on stage for hundreds of fans and industry executives. This is a moment none of us will ever forget.”