Free the Noise Band competition
Free the Noise Band competition

NEW YORK, Apr 22, 2009 / FW/ — Spearheading the ‘Free the Noise’ battle of the bands, New York-based designer John Varvatos is teaming up with Island Records for a global online search for the next great rock n’ roll band.

The winning band will receive a development deal with Island Records and be featured in the next John Varvatos Star USA advertising campaign, as well as featured on SPIN Earth.

The competition kicks off April 21, 2009 and entries will be accepted through July 31, 2009. The contest invites up-and-coming, unsigned bands to upload a video of a recent performance of original music to for consideration. In addition, SPIN Earth’s network of more than 350 correspondents will be scouring the globe, the clubs and the festivals for the freshest talent.

In August the finalists will be chosen and flown to New York City to perform at John Varvatos 315 Bowery, the former home of CBGB’s, during New York Fashion Week in September 2009. That evening John Varvatos and a VIP panel of rock star judges will select the winning band.

“Music is the heart and soul of the John Varvatos Star U.S.A. brand. I’m excited to be able to partner with SPIN Earth and Island Records to go global with this opportunity to discover rising talent in today’s music community,” said designer John Varvatos.

For more information, contest rules, or to check out the incredible talent we’ve discovered please visit us at

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