In October we headed to Brussels for the European round of Turning Up The Spotlight where, on a rainy Friday night, we saw local act Fastlane Candies secure their spot on the line up of the Aloft ExCel opening bash in London on November 15th. Highlights of the event here.
The series has been established for Aloft to champion local music talent and not only provides bands and musicians with a platform to showcase their skills, but works to pair them with established figures in the music industry who can provide support and impart some pearls of wisdom.
We held our second Turning Up The Spotlight Event in as many months, in the somewhat more tropical surroundings of the Aloft Abu Dhabi. Again three emerging local bands battled it out, this time for the remaining other slot up for grabs. Despite strong performances from all Beat Antenna and Tim Hassall, the band deemed to be most worthy of the opportunity to come to London was Middle East metal band Nikotin.
Highlights from Abu Dhabi are available on the Turning Up The Spotlight Facebook page.