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Everyone’s favorite Boxtalk column is back and better than ever! Join the multi-award winning Scottish/Canadian rock band on a journey with up to date music news from Dubai and beyond!

In this issue, the band share a music news exclusive surrounding a HUGE Battle of the Bands event at Club Social (3-day music festival on Yas Island), an epic music video release from 2000’s rockers Evanescence (from the Gears 5 video game) and a special gig announcement at the most anticipated pop culture and entertainment festival in the region – Middle East Film & Comic Con! Enjoy the read folks!

1. “BAND BOX” – Indie Band Challenge

So you may have heard that there’s a music festival happening on Yas Island next month with headliners Liam Gallagher, Kaiser Chiefs and Clean Bandit. But did you know there’s also a Battle of the Bands taking place on the final day of the 3-day festival? Yes it’s true!

If you’re ready to show off your band’s talents, then here’s your chance at winning a cool 20,000 AED by entering the Club Social’s Indie Band Challenge! A specially selected music panel will decide which final bands will duke it out on the main stage Saturday, March 14th for that grand prize! And there’s more…If you are the lucky winner, you are guaranteed to be the opening act for next year’s Club Social Festival!

So don’t hesitate – click the link, fill in the details and get yourselves to Yas Links!

2. “GEAR BOX” – New music from rockers Evanescence


A few weeks back, we were scrolling through recent YouTube uploads in search of any new rock/ metal releases (something we do on a regular basis for inspiration and for current material we can add to our set lists) and it turns out the American rock band Evanescence have spent some time working on a cover song and music video of their own!

Behold! The smoke-shrouded, crimson-soaked apocalyptic music video covering Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” which was marketed alongside the release of a fantastic new game, “Gears 5” for Xbox One and PC Windows from the “Gears of War” series. This release is the first in an expected active period for Evanescence as they are heading out on tour this Spring (notably at Download Festival in Tokyo and co-headlining tour of Europe with Within Temptation).

Hope you enjoy the new music video as much as we do!

3. “GEEK BOX” – Comic Con and on, and on, and on…


It’s no surprise that the unofficial/ official band for the very popular Dubai calendar event, Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) are back again this March 6th. In previous years, we’ve played hit tracks from albums ‘In the Pockets of Clowns’ and Universal Music MENA signed album ‘Home’, as well as a few covers such as an excerpt from the Star Wars disco!

But what can you expect this year? How about a brand new show with never-before-heard tunes that will get the crowd going wild? Be sure to secure your spot near the stage as we’ll no doubt be filming, so we can share with the world just how much fun we have at Comic Con every year! Don’t miss out on catching free merchandise thrown out to the fans at our show…and be sure to stick around for selfies afterwards! Then we’re off to rub elbows with some of the celebrity guests – Brandon Routh (Superman/Legends of Tomorrow), Elodie Yung (Daredevil), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings), Mena Massoud (Disney’s Aladdin), Joseph David-Jones (Arrow), Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones) & more backstage!


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