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ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
WRAPS YEAR THREE WITH NEARLY 300,000 IN ATTENDANCE

ERNIE BALL BATTLE OF THE BANDS POWERED BY IMAGEN RECORDS
COMPETITION CONTINUES AS FINALISTS VIE FOR GRAND PRIZE

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival wrapped its third year September 30, boasting nearly 300,000 in total attendance for the 30-city U.S. trek.

With a lineup that featured multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, and P.O.D., along with Adelitas Way, Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution, In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local Battle Of The Bands winner in each city, the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was "one of the best values for rock fans, offering up what feels like a year's worth of live music in one short day" according to Loudwire.com.

While the tour may be over, the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records continues as the 28 local market finalists are in the running for the Grand Prize package which includes a coveted spot on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, the opportunity to record an EP with legendary producer Jay Baumgardner at NRG Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, $10,000 worth of music gear and other prizes. For full details, visit www.RockstarUPROAR.com/battleofthebands.

Local market Battle Of The Bands winners—who each had the opportunity to perform on the Ernie Ball Stage at the 2012 UPROAR show in their area—are being evaluated through October 30 by a panel of music industry professionals and artists including: Jose Mangin from Sirius XM, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance, legendary producer/mixer Jay Baumgardner, and music industry veteran Bill McGathy.

The grand prize package for the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records includes:

Ernie Ball Stage headliner Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. shares, "We tried to check out the Battle Of The Bands winners whenever we could. There's a lot of great talent out there and it's great that Ernie Ball, UPROAR and Imagen are supporting these bands. They're young and hungry and exciting to watch."

UPROAR co-producer John Oakes comments: "It's been amazing to watch 2011 Battle Of The Bands winner Mindset Evolution grow and expand their fan base over the past year. UPROAR is proud to be a part of their success and looks forward to helping develop many more up-and-coming rock bands over the years. I'm excited to find out who our 2012 winner will be!"

Brian Ball of Ernie Ball says, "Thousands of bands entered the Ernie Ball UPROAR Battle Of The Bands competition and we couldn't have been more impressed with the level of talent. Live music is the lifeblood of our industry, and the UPROAR Battle of the Bands is living proof that Rock and Roll is alive and kicking!"

Check out exclusive interviews and performance clips of the 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands powered by Imagen Records finalists here:

Tour MarketLocal Market WinnerLink
Kansas City, MOThe Wreckagehttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheWreckage/videos
St. Louis, MOKiller Me Killer You http://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/KMKY22/videos
Chicago, IL3 Years Hollowhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/3yearshollow/videos
Holmdel, NJScarlet Carsonhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/ScarletCarson/videos
Syracuse, NYFace The Kinghttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Facetheking/videos
Mansfield, MAGone For Dayshttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/GoneForDays/videos
Scranton, PATrue Becominghttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TrueBecoming/videos
Buffalo, NYEarly Risehttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/earlyriseband/videos
Pittsburgh, PAThe Riothttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheRiot/videos
Saratoga Springs, NYMirkhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/mirk-music/videos
Bristow, VAChuck Shaffer Picture Showhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/ChuckShafferPictureShow/videos
Simpsonville, SCKelen Hellerhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/KelenHeller/videos
Detroit, MISuburban Syndicatehttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/SuburbanSyndicate/videos
Indianapolis, IN7 Days Awayhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/7_Days_Away/videos
Cleveland, OHImpending Lieshttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/impendinglies/videos
Raleigh, NC21st Century Goliathhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/21cgband/videos
Atlanta, GAPoyntehttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/POYNTE/videos
Tampa, FLSoul Switchhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/SoulSwitch/videos
Houston, TXLove Story's Endhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/LoveStorysEnd/videos
Dallas, TXBow Prometheushttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/BowPrometheus/videos
Denver, COLost Autumnhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/lostautumn/videos
Salt Lake City, UTAmerican Hitmenhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/americanhitmen/videos
Spokane, WAThe Nixon Rodeohttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/TheNixonRodeo/videos
Auburn, WAWindow Panehttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Windowpane/videos
Portland, ORIn Her Memoryhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/InHerMemory/videos
Boise, IDThe Fallen Idolshttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/sinner2011/videos
Phoenix, AZA Story Beneathhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Astorybeneath/videos
Albuquerque, NMSkulldronhttp://battle.rockstaruproar.com/u/Skulldron/videos

About Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival

The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was created in 2010 and is produced by John Reese and John Oakes of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), CAA's Darryl Eaton and Ryan Harlacher and Live Nation's Perry Lavoisne. SGE is one of the world's premier music festival production companies. With hundreds of live events worldwide each year, SGE works with agencies, brands and musical talent to produce or co-produce concerts across various genres and interests.

About Ernie Ball

In 1962, veteran player and teacher Ernie Ball created Slinkys®, the iconic light gauge electric guitar strings widely revered by hundreds of guitar greats including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, The Edge and John Mayer. In addition to hand crafting high-end Music Man® guitars and basses, Ernie Ball Inc. offers state-of-the-art instrument accessories that are carried in more than 6,000 stores in the U.S. and 110 countries worldwide. The family-run company maintains its founder's dedication to preserving the musician's playing experience and delivering superior sound quality through the development of new products, such as the revolutionary Element Shield Packaging which hermetically seals guitar strings keeping each set as fresh as the day they were made. The company also fosters artist development through musician-focused programs such as the Golden Pick promotion featuring Slash and Eric Clapton, and the world's largest and longest running Battle of the Bands, where unsigned bands compete each year for the chance to play on multiple tours and win tons of prizes. Visit them online at www.ernieball.com.

About Imagen Records

Imagen artists represent the best in rock, pop, hip-hop and R&B. Based in the Washington, D.C. area and founded by musician and business person Bob Winegard, Imagen offers their artists a fully collaborative artist development process with a 360 degree perspective. The label was founded in 2007 and employs the newest and most innovative methods to maximize use of new media and technologies, including new fanbase management and content delivery methods.

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Publicity Contact:

Kristine Ashton-Magnuson/ASHTON-MAGNUSON MEDIA
kristine@am-media.net; (818) 996-2496