With the pandemic decimating the live music industry, Emerging New Rock Bands formed alliances with some of the most passionate advocates of new rock music including New Wave of Classic Rock, Anne Estella, and Crazy Cowboy.
Going Solo Down In Isolation would live stream solo performances to social media over two days with artists from bands such as SKAM, The Outlaw Orchestra, Baleful Creed, Scarlet Rebels, Land Captains, Delusional Silence, THEIA, Verity White, Jack J Hutchinson and many more. The event was also supported by Rockstar PR and two other facebook groups, Rock Against the Virus and Top of the Rocks. Going Solo was a great success and NWOCR took this further to host four amazing Webfest live streams during the lockdowns.
It was in 2020 that Emerging ‘New’ Rock Bands would change its name to ‘Emerging Rock Bands’, taking out the ‘New’ in the title to include all the bands that had been going for a number of years but were still gaining traction and releasing new material. It was also easier to say, and quickly became known as ERB.
Some behind the scenes drama led to the group being deleted in May 2020, but a new page and group were immediately put in place. Unfortunately, the group lost thousands of members overnight and would need to work hard to rebuild the trust and following. This period would become known as ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’.