Band Jam, Battle of the Bands

Band Jam, Battle of the Bands 17 Nov 2014
The Al Ghurair Centre’s Band Jam Battle of the Bands was a resounding success as in excess of 25,000 people took to the streets of Deira for the mall’s annual music competition.
For the second year running, budding musical talent battled it out live on stage as TAGfm radio presenters hosted the evening.
Taking place from Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th November, 30 bands performed live to an energised crowd and an esteemed panel of judges.
Mark Escueta from the award-winning Filipino band Rivermaya, lead vocalist of Juliana Down Dia H and Musician’s Warehouse Founder Grand Collins all shared their opinions of the acts in front of the entrants and the audience.
Over 60 bands originally entered Band Jam with 30 shortlisted to perform on Thursday and Friday night. Carl and the Reda Mafia were crowned winners this evening as ten bands jammed in this evening’s final. Son’s of Asaph won the live People’s Choice Award.
Over 5,000 music lovers attended the first night alone to watch the battle commence in the heart of Deira, outside the Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai’s original shopping mall.  This more than quadrupled as word quickly spread about the three-day festival.
The top three bands,  3rd Place - Gates of Gomorrah, 2nd Place – Nightlife, 1st Place – Carl and the Reda Mafia have won thousands of dirhams worth of prizes, with Carl and the Reda Mafia also winning musical equipment, studio recording time and a chance to hear their song played on local radio station TAG FM. They have also won a mentorship with international band, Rivermaya.
Following on from their performances on Thursday and Friday night, the following bands took part in tonight’s final:
Ibrahim swizz - soloist
Gates of Gomorrah
Sons of Asaph
Inside out
Goddamn Electric
The Prodigal Daughters
Carl and Reda Mafia
The music festival included a whole host of street entertainment and fun for all the family and music-lovers alike. Following on from last year’s battle of the bands success in which Sagisag won, and other events at the Al Ghurair Centre such as Dub-Fest international street theatre and comedy fair, the edgy hub of Dubai is rapidly becoming the epitome of free urban street entertainment in the UAE.
WHAT: Al Ghurair Centre’s Band Jam Battle of the Bands
WHEN 13th to 15th November
WINNER: Carl and the Reda Mafia

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