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Growing up, I always wanted to attend the illustrious Teatru Unplugged because, having been writing about the creme de la creme of the local music industry, I had heard positive remarks all round and last night, that dream came through as I attended the opening night of the sixteenth edition. t was as everyone had described it, with a line-up which was carefully thought out by the organiser, Jonathan Shaw and his team of dedicated personnel, including Marthese Portelli. From the witty remarks passed forth by Josef Bonello, to the emotional prayer read out to Nirvana Azzopardi, a founder of this superb event, it was truly an evening of breathtaking entertainment, an event which I had not seen in a very long time.

Each of the performers in the line-up had the opportunity to perform between three (3) to five (5) songs and there were several highlights in the choice of tracks, including more than one (1) by certain artists. Nevertheless, I have decided to focus on just one (1) track each in order to have a equal balance between all of the chosen acts who were careful and at times gutsy with their song selections. Having learned that Raquela did not submit to the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, I was excited to watch her perform and she did not disappoint, performing a wonderful rendition of Sia’s Titanium, stripping it down completely and showcasing what is a vocal range beyond compare, one which is also focusing on a lower register, a trait which was somewhat lacking up until two to three years back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vZK3rdCuM4

Moving onto the next act, Stalko had garnered the attention of escflashmalta.com during the Malta Music Awards with their debut album Grandiloquence proving to be a hit amongst experts of the field and the general public. Their folk sound was very much appreciated and their stand out song was an original, one entitled Two. I was also impressed about the flow from one act to another, leading to the choice of Chris Grech as the next artist. As a semi-finalist in next years’ edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, Chris wanted to showcase his vocals in the best possible manner and he took his original song Never Walk Away to a brand new level, giving it a new lease of life and showing the public, how much it actually means to him to perform on the stage of the Manoel Theatre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyKwBs7qki0

Keeping to the rock genre, Red Electrick decided to strip it back for most of their repertoire and whilst this might have been viewed as characteristic due to the unplugged feeling of the show, the public went absolutely crazy for their latest number #1 hit, The Runaway which was a breathe of fresh air, adding to the reasoning that unplugged can also be current. Despite not proving to be as I had hoped on the covers, Rachel Fabri won her place back into the stratosphere of incredible artistry last night as she performed an original song entitled Run to Me. She announced that it will be the lead single off an extended play release set for 2014. My advice would be to tweak the arrangement ever so slightly in order to be more comfortable performing the songs in the set-list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6tJSIbFhoM

At this point, the public were very much into the show and as a matter of fact, only got on their feet even more as The Crowns prepared an incredible selection of tracks, out of which the standout was surely Little Talks which featured guest vocalist; Cheryl Camilleri who had accompanied Scar on the stage of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest last year. The evenings’ final act was Gianluca, Malta’s entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest and of course, Tomorrow is still a firm favourite, with the young doctors’ charm and charisma oozing through the performance. It set-up the audience for a resounding fan-fare, a tribute to the late Nirvana Azzopardi a cover version of Let It Go proving to be the most effective. I cannot help but thank Jonathan Shaw and his dedicated team for a wonderful evening. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music industry.

Source: escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4TvZeL6c0

Published in Local Music News

As always, the cultural calendar of the entertainment industry in Malta is full of activities, especially during the holidays and one of the events which will surely be garnering a massive audience is the Teatru Unplugged Concert which is being organised for the sixteenth year. The first time that the event took place was back in 1998, with Jonathan Shaw and Nirvana Azzopardi opting to create a showcase for local talent. Speaking to the media, Shaw stated that ‘the show must go on and through Teatru Unplugged we will keep Nirvana’s alive’.

Josef Bonello, a former host of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest will be the compère for this years’ edition of Teatru Unplugged which is also set to incorporate seven (7) artists across several genres including; Rock, Pop, and Classical. The audience will be entertained by the likes of Stalko presenting rich and delicate vocals; the rocking voice of Chris Grech, a former finalist of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest and with the retro feel good vibe synonym with former Eurovision Song Contest representative; Gianluca. Red Electrick, known for their vibrant live performances and the pop/rock band The Crowns will also feature in this year’s edition. Two impeccable female vocalists and former finalists of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest; Rachel Fabri and Raquela are also part of the line-up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58SPuEifq-w

escflashmalta.com invites all enthusiasts of the local music industry to attend Teatru Unplugged on the 6th, 7th, and the 8th December at the Teatru Manoel for a night of fun, music and great atmosphere. Tickets could be obtained from the official website at three different prices; €20, €15 and €10. As always, such an event would not be possible without the invaluable aid of the main sponsors GO. Nevertheless, special thanks go to the supporting sponsors The Point, Baileys, Johnnie Walker, BRND WGN and Camilleri Paris Mode. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the music industry.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:30

Malta: Bay Music Awards 2013 Nominations Revealed

On Saturday 21st December, a large amount of people will flock to the Bay Arena for this years' edition of the Bay Music Awards, which are being organised for the tenth consecutive year by 89.7 Bay, the most popular commercial radio station which aims to promote local talent on a major platform. The evening is set to incorporate a series of special LIVE performances including from multiple award winners; Ira Losco, Red Electrick, Winter Moods, Airport Impressions and Christabelle. Also bringing excitement and energy on the night are 89.7 Bay’s very own DJs; Bay Breakfast host Dorian Cassar and Drive Time’s Nathan D.

Below, a list of the awards will be presented along with a tele-voting number. In order to cast your vote to the artist, song or band, one has to send the name to the specified number through the medium of an SMS. Voting officially kickstarted yesterday and will come to an end on Sunday 15th December at midnight. One could only cast three (3) votes per category from each mobile number. All of those who cast their respective votes would have the opportunity to win a fabulous dinner for two at the Waterbiscuit in St Julians, one of the most exclusive restaurants in Malta at the moment. The Bay Music Awards will be aired on ONE TV for the first time on Wednesday 25th December at 15:00 CET, with a repeat show on Easter Sunday.

Best Newcomer (50615303)

Kid Crisis

Joe Roscoe

Gypsy Genes

 

Best Dance Tune or Remix (50615302)

Never Let Go - Carlo Gerada & Kristina Casolani

Loving You - JJoy ft. Christina Novelli

Endless Flame - Armani ft. Cazzi Opera

 

Best Band (50615301)

Red Electrick

The Crowns

Planet Seed

 

Best Song (50615300)

Runaway - Red Electrick

Never Let Go - Carlo Gerada & Kristina Casolani

The Person I Am - Ira Losco

Bringing music and fashion together, Carina Camilleri from models.com.mt will be putting together a spectacular fashion show starting at 21:30 CET, just before the music awards. The show will include 20 models from models.com.mt, as well as 11 new models chosen from the 89.7 Bay Model Search. The fashion show will feature young and fresh collections from New Look, as well as Miss Sixty. Makeup on the night will be done NYX Professional Make Up, and hair by Pierre Camille. Regular event tickets will be sold for €10; premium, front section ‘screamer’ tickets at €15; and a limited number of VIP tickets available at €30 each – including an open bar and canapés. Tickets for this years' edition of the Bay Music Awards, sponsored by Coca Cola and Vodafone with support from Air Malta could also be purchased through the official website. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Press Release

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmHU71hqZ0I

Published in Local Music News

Red Electrick, a five piece local band made up of Raphael Tonna, Ivan Borg, Matthew James Borg, Peter Borg and Jonas Delicata have just unveiled their latest track, The Runaway. The song is set to serve as the lead single to their yet untitled studio album will be released within the coming year. Red Electrick experienced a career resurgence last year with their collection entitled The Unplugged Sessions which was preceded by the release of the single, Paul. The masterpiece was awarded Best Song at the Malta Music Awards with the group obtaining the Best Band at the Bay Music Awards to complete a sweep of accolades across the board.

Earlier this week, at Villa Madama in Attard, the members of the group Red Electrick; Peter Borg, Raphael Tonna, Ivan Borg, Jonas Delicata and Matthew James Borg unveiled the music video which is accompanying the brand new track, The Runaway. The response for both the single and the accompanying video has been fantastic and this will surely be another hit as it takes to the radio stations as from next week. The music video produced by Colin Azzopardi and Jean Pierre Gatt is set in a fictional country/western town where the bad guy has finally got his hand on some gold but nevertheless, he ends up being double crossed. Two of the members of Red Electrick; Peter Borg and Matthew James Borg were also responsible for co-writing the track Never Walk Away alongside David Cassar Torregianni with vocals by Chris Grech at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Official Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6tJSIbFhoM

Published in Local Music News
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 18:00

Malta: Red Electrick Unveil Brand New Project

Red Electrick, a five piece band who seemingly established themselves as formidable and unique within the past year upon the release of single, Paul which was taken from the project known as The Unplugged Sessions. At the Malta Music Awards, this single was selected as Best Song of the year and the performance that followed was special in more ways than one. The illustrious vocals of Matthew James Borg complement the instrumental talent of the rest of the band which also includes Peter Borg, Raphael Tonna, Ivan Borg and Jonas Delicata. Tonight, the group are lauching their follow-up single it seems with a brand new short movie, a music video which will aid promotion.

The event, which is taking place at Villa Madama in Attard has been coined as The Runaway, presumably also the name of the brand new single. It is important to point out that Peter Borg and Mattew James Borg were also co-writers of the song Never Walk Away presented by Chris Grech at this years' edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in a credible fifth place and having also won the Public Award through escflashmalta.com following an intense battle with Kevin Borg and his entry Needing You. This is the first project for Red Electrick since then noting that it was also the aftermath to both The Unplugged Sessions and Paul. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the local music scene. 

Source: Press Release (Eileen Spiteri, Peter Borg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEPU2v8aIGw

Published in Local Music News

The festival will open on the 10th of May and will come to an end on the 17th of May and if last year’s event is anything to go by, this year’s festival will be better and even bigger, in fact they have moved the festival from their normal location to Bulebel. Slowly it is establishing itself as one of the event all the lovers of local music look forward to, in fact a number of people have been asking about the festival for quite some time. Each and every day has a special theme or a special act assigned to it which also includes a foreign tribute band of one of the biggest bands that ever existed.

Friday - 10th May at 21:00

Kevin Borg Live in Concert

Supported by: Glen Vella, Pamela, Barber’s Cut & Paul Curmi Dance Studio 

 

Saturday - 11th May at 21.00

Ira Losco Live in Concert

Supported by: Planet Seed & The New Victorians

 

Sunday - 12th May at 20.30

Pop Hits & Maltese Classics

Eleanor Cassar, Stephanie Zammit, Georgina, Franklin Calleja, Chris Grech, Olivia Lewis,

Luisana Bartolo, Nadine Barolo, Charlotte Bartolo & Gillian Attard’s Children Choir 

 

Monday - 13th May at 20:30

Red Electrick, The Riffs & The Crowns

 

Tuesday - 14th May at 20:30

The Green Gathering

Tarcisio Barbara, Kirstie Barbarbara, Kurt Galea, Naomi Balzan, Katoushka Mifsud, Malcolm Camilleri, Kirstie Balzan

Feast songs: Eleanor Cassar, Gillian Attard, Alexia Fenech, Stephen Mizzi

 

Wednesday - 15th May at 20:30 

Guns 2 Rose – Tribute Band

Supported by:  Fuse Box & Harriet Cohen

 

Thursday - 16th May at 20:30

Eurovision Song Contest – Second Semi-Final on a Big Screen (Malta’s Night)

 

Friday – 17th May at 20:30 

Bon Jovi Tribute

One can see the festival as an opening to the summer months activities as other activities take place all around the island during the summer months but most of them would not be held on such a grand scale. To organize such a massive event is not easy and Beland would not have been able to provide such a field with different artists were it not for the support they found from their sponsors. The event is free of charge but those in attendance are encouraged to give a small donation that will go directly to Puttinu cares as for another year, the event is being held in aid of Puttinu Care which works for such a noble case. So remember from the 10th of May to the 17th of May your entertainment spot should be in Zejtun at the Beland Music Festival. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more information.

Source: The Beland Music Festival Facebook Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WmJXIR9xtw

Published in Local Music News

Mega Music Management and the Public Broadcasting Services perfectly coordinated the organation of the Malta Music Awards last night, following the extremely successful Malta Eurovision Song Contest that took place on Friday and Saturday seeing to the victory of Gianluca Bezzina and his entry Tomorrow co-written by Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat.  In reality, many believe that the awards that took place last night were professionally executed with main hosts; Keith Demicoli and Mandy Micallef Grimaud leading an impressive line-up of guest presenters. The Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre played the venue for the event, which did not offer real surprises in terms of award presentations. 

Headlining the event last night was nother than Australian/British artist, Peter Andre who has released eight studio albums, the last of which being Angels & Demons in 2012 which managed to sneak into the top twenty on the charts in the United Kingdom where he has gained notoriety following his failed marriage to reality television star, Katie Price.  The show had an astonishing line-up incorporating together; Stalko, Duo Blank, Niki Gravino, Planet Seed, Monroe, Ira Losco, Red Electrick, Hooligan, Ylenia Vella and the recent Malta Eurovision Song Contest winner, Gianluca Bezzina. The camera work was effective, the staging as seen throughout the weekend was stunning and the public will be able to view all of the awards his Saturday night on Television Malta, starting as from 20:45 CET.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDv-GZAUSg

It seems that the jury was somewhat quite intrigued with the talent in the past twelve months when one takes into account that the most awards that an act won, was just two in total with Red Electrick taking home Best Band and Best Song. Nevertheless, it seems that newcomers have a tendency to steal the spotlight and the Mumford and Sons feel around Stalko is quickly growing as their debut single, In a Hurry helped them win Best New Artists. The Best Album award was given to Tribali whilst the Best Solo Artist went towards female performer; Brooke who has in the past couple of months returned to the industry with singles Fairytale and Bingo. The Best Hip Hop / R'nB artist award was given to Hooligan who most recently released his third album entitled Trioriginali whilst the return of Ira Losco was also respected by a Best Video Award for her hit single 'What I'd Give'. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZGM8IEg2qc

The Best Upcoming Talent Award was given to Ylenia Vella, who just competed in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest whilst the Maltese Export Artist was ten year old Gaia Cauchi. Beheaded were awarded the award for Best Metal Band. Due to his presence in Malta, it was definitely expected when Peter Andre was recognised for his services to music and the crowd did seem extraordinarily excited in each of his performances. The Malta Music Awards, have become somewhat a tradition in the local music calender and therefore, it is rather imperative that their organisation continues in the years ahead because the scene is really contributing in a positive manner. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com during the year as we continue to cover all of the latest from the local music scene with regards to new releases, and events.

Source: Mega Music Management, Public Broadcasting Services

Published in Local Music News

89.7 Bay embarked on a mission a couple of years back to promote the local music scene and considering the astonishing amount of tracks that have been played on the radio station throughout this particular year, it seems that their efforts are paying off noting that success has become their trademark. The ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards which took place last night at the Bay Arena in St Julians were running under the theme Party Like It's The End of the World and there was a buzzing feeling in the crowd featuring people of all generations, representing the various artists who were nominated or performed. The build up was intense and several people were left on edge until the first performance, even preceding the introduction of the hosts took place. A lot was riding on the evening which included live performances for the very first time and apart from some mixing issues in the beginning of two performances, one could say it was a huge success.

89.7 Bay well represents the upcoming generation of artists and it seems that the fans that they are bringing with them are becoming more vocal when considering that the new guard was well promoted and ultimately ended up winning the most awards amongst seasoned veterans whose music is still very strong with the right to garner airplay and even nominations. Nevertheless, when tele-voting is the source of the actual vote, it is to be noted that the fan base becomes notorious and the younger generation have become accustomed to this element. Without a doubt, the live performances went down well with the crowd noting that Scar, BrookeChristabelleDimal ft Lyndsay and Red Electrick gave the show the much needed boost to make it stand out. The audience was in full support to the act pictures above though as announced at the latter stage of the evening by Benjamin Glover, one of the three hosts of the evening which also included Dorian Cassar of Bay Breakfast and Nathan D from Malta's Top Ten and the Drive-time Show.

The Bay Music Awards have become a welcome event in the local music calender and it was quite the evening when considering that following a two year break from the scene, Ira Losco made her return following her successful stint with her new single What I'd Give during the summer. The 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative has been relatively busy in the past couple of months working on a brand new album which will be unveiled to the public in January. In the meantime, the biggest winners of the evening; Red Electrick are making headlines in several fields with one of their co-writes also competing in the 2013 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest which is taking place on the 1st and 2nd February 2013. We would like you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as our collaboration with 89.7 Bay continues to develop in the way that it has in the past couple of months.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDv-GZAUSg
Published in Local Music News
Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:53

BMA 2012: The Songs Which Stand Out

The features with regards to the upcoming edition of the Bay Music Awards officially come to an end with the revelation of the tracks which the radio station has selected to represent the best elements of the industry for the past couple of months. Separate categories have already been well represented by solo artists or bands, those of which have already earned the right to be called established as well as those who are ready for their big break. In recent years, tracks released by local artists have been earning several positive criticism from foreign members of the press and this is due to the fact that there is more thought put in behind every piece of lyric and every note within the composition in itself. Record studios have become much more professionalism and production is sometimes even conducted abroad in order to have that perfect enhancement. 89.7 Bay has always been on the front line to promote the best possible tracks, ones which the people would enjoy listening to and are easy on the ear. Therefore, it is not surprising to note that for the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards, the Best Song of the past couple of months will be given an award during a ceremony which is taking place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D, the latter of which is pictured below.

It is important to note that this is the only category which only comprises of four entries and kicking off things is none other than Ira Losco who earns a second nomination, this time for her track What I’d Give which is a different tune to what the people have come to expect from the former Eurovision Song Contest representative whose hiatus from music was somewhat well adapted for a major comeback. In fact, it is important to note that the genre of the new track, the lead single off her yet unnamed album is a mixture of soul, funk and a little bit of reggae making it extremely distinguishable from anything else on the market. Ira Losco has been around for quite some time noting that she first emerged in the local music scene by virtue of winning the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza before finishing second in the Eurovision Song Contest. Upon her return to Malta from the latter event, she joined forces with Howard Keith of Jagged House and together have created magic for many to enjoy. As previous stated, she is set to drop a brand new album in the beginning of next year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZGM8IEg2qc

Two nominations during the evening are quite intriguing because one would definitely hope to end up finishing in the top position within both or at least one. The second act to garner a nomination is the group Red Electrick who have invented themselves in the past couple of months, coming up with brand new material which shows versatility in composition and vocals. As a matter of fact, one of such results is surely Paul which was a major hit earlier this year. Creative control has been the major element in their success having left on good terms with their management Jagged House with the idea to change their genre and ultimately be more mature in their decisions. Their debut single entitled Who The Heck Is Rek was and remains a crowd pleasure and is included in several of their playlists but then again, their recent album The Unplugged Sessions shows why the group have decided to take up issues in their own hands. The acoustic feel has saw them gain an edge over several other bands in the country.  Matthew and Peter have co-written the track Never Walk Away for Chris Grech in the next Malta Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEPU2v8aIGw

My World has been described by critics and one of the most notable tracks to have been released within the summer months and this is surely the case according to the thoughts put forward by the people. Gaining a nomination in this category was no mean feat especially when one considers that a number of tracks were omitted from the list despite having the airplay and the credibility. Carlo Gerada is no newcomer to the music scene and has worked on several tracks in the past whilst Jan Cortez is slightly more fresh having come off a talent show a couple of years back where he did his best to prove his talent. This is a duo which has worked well and could be described as a combination of pleasure and hard work. As a matter of fact, despite being nominated for the best song category, it seems that they are heavily favoured to come out on top in another category featured earlier on, that being the one of Dance Music. They have definitely worked hard to show that they indeed could be successful and a possible double is not out of the equation especially with a large fan-base. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jHAb_dZ0S8

One would say that leaving the act for last means that they are the best and Scar have truly well represented the local music industry for several years with the band name stretching back a couple of decades and still proving successful. This band has always managed to remain at the top of the peoples’ acclaim due to the fact that they are current and promote music which the people enjoy. In their careers, they have been noted to participate in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007 with the track As Long As You Know which managed to finish in sixth place whilst they prepare for a second participation next year as they participate with Superstar which is written by Konrad Pule who just happens to be the lead vocalist in the band. There is a certain aura and a chemistry which also makes them extremely likable and if they continue this acoustic feel to their songs, it also shows maturity, but one which is very different to that being presented by Red Electrick. The song which has garnered the nomination is a gem entitled White Lie and had also lead the charts a couple of weeks back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PPFtJ3ioyE

The was the fifth and last in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. Voting officially came to a close at midnight on Wednesday and therefore, votes cannot be cast but if so, they will not count and may still be charged. We hope that you have already cast your vote though. Nevertheless, you can also be part of the Bay Music Awards as a spectator by virtue of entering in our competition which could see you attending this years’ showcase. The question we’re asking is; Which female artist nominated for the Bay Music Awards has been to the Eurovision Song Contest? Send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by not later than Saturday 8th December 2013 at 23:59 CET. In the meantime, stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

Published in Local Music News
Friday, 23 November 2012 09:30

BMA 2012: The Meteoric Rise of Bands

Several music critics have gone on record stating that the local industry required a little bit of diversity and when looking back at what was being offered, this was surely the case but gone are the days when soloists dominate the radio scene because there is a new wave of bands which are definitely coming into focus and taking the limelight away. As a matter of fact, many have described the influx as a meteoric rise of success because they do not just put out music but through their respective genres and niches manage to release good material which is normally enjoyable to various demographics in society. One of the particular radio stations to promote a talented bunch of musicians is surely 89.7 Bay having spearheaded the campaign to see through that there is a progression in the local music scene. It should come to no surprise then that the ninth edition of the Bay Music Awards will be once more awarding the Best Band Award during the ceremony which is set to take place at the Bay Arena on the 12th December 2012 hosted by Ben Glover, Dorian Cassar and Nathan D.

It has been decided that five nominees should make up this extremely tough category although it is fair to say that there could have been some other contenders in the list. Nevertheless, kicking off with the first band; Red Electrick, one which has been featuring heavily in 2012 especially after deciding to take up full creative control over their music having previously worked with the likes of Howard Keith from Jagged Records. Their initial release off their latest effort was of course the sublime track 'Paul' and it was just the beginning of a successful era with 'The Unplugged Sessions', originally a concert which was aired at the cinema. The members of the band are Matt, Pete, Jonas, Ivan and Raf and they make up what has become a solid band in the local music industry. Many will remember one of their debut singles; 'Who the Heck' is REK!? which easily topped the radio charts in the country. Two of the members; Matthew James Borg and Peter Borg have also co-written a track entitled 'Never Walk Away' for the upcoming Malta Eurovision Song Contest making it to the final sixty-nine tracks with vocals by Chris Grech. We wish them the very best of luck.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vEPU2v8aIGw

The second band to have been given a nomination is another one which does not actually need too much of an introduction having been around for quite some time, undergoing a couple of line-up changes along the way before ultimately becoming one which features Konrad Pule as the lead vocalist. The band whose name is Scar has managed to remain current despite the wave of foreign sounds which has been infiltrating the market and their last studio release 'Breaking Radio Silence'. Despite the album being put out quite a while ago, the music is still relevant and their most recent offering entitled 'White Lie' clearly shows that they are in the scene in order to remain there. They also took part in the 2007 Malta Song for Europe competition finishing in sixth place and have submitted yet another entry in the upcoming editio of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest entitled 'Superstar'. The band features the already mentioned Konrad Pule who also a co-writer, Michael Scicluna, Arda Baykurt and David Cassar Torreggiani. Once more, we would like to wish them the very best of luck with their competition endeavours for yet another year.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0PPFtJ3ioyE

The third band to have been given the nomination is actually one of the newest bands in the local music scene by the name Saving Alexis. In fact, they first came together in 2010 and ultimately had been awarded with the Best Newcomer Award at this same prestigious ceremony held by 89.7 and it is to be noted that they bring that something different to the table because their music is highly describable as power pop with several influences from modern rock'n'roll to classical jazz. Clear dedication is what has been the successful factor in this group and coming about from the same town is definitely another positive attribute to have aided their success. It is highly notable that all of their releases have managed to enter within the playlists of 89.7 Bay and other local radio stations ultimately ranking in the top positions making them somewhat a little bit of having a midas touch with their music, knowing exactly what to put out there without losing their creative control. This is their first nomination in this category. The band is made up of Clayton Bonelo, Chris Cass, Melchior Busuttil, and Chris Farrugia.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=SeFmy2BcPfc

Intriguing. That is the word I will be using to describe the fourth nominees in this group of absolutely delightful acts who not only release great music but ultimately provide a great show. Three Stops to China are also relatively new to the music scene but it does feel like they have been around for quite some time, probably because people have become accustomed to hearing their music on the radio. In their official Facebook page, they official describe themselves as to being all about the hype and that is actually an element to succeed in the music industry. It is vital to get the people behind you. Their genre has really been of a progressive nature but that is what most people would probably denote. They are coming up against some of the most notable names in the local music industry in this category but they are truly deserving of the nomination, which I believe is actually not the very first time either having been nominated in another year not too long ago. Their music has also performed solidly on the chart and people are definitely waiting for more.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nsGW_dP7DAg

One final band to garner a nomination into this years' edition of the Bay Music Awards is Dolls for Idols which very much like the previous two have not been around in the industry for an extremely long period of time. Once more diversity plays an extremely important role behind obtaining this achievement because they are the best representatives for Electronic music at the moment. In fact, their material was somewhat very current about two years ago but when they released their most recent tracks, it seems that they managed to keep up their sound whilst still managing to remain true to the current music scene. The group Dolls for Idols is made up of Clint Spiteri, Aaron Sammut and Erick Saliba. Their line up has also been extremely consistent and therefore keeps within the element that consistency is the key behind success. They have a good music following and in fact, their fans are relAtively noisy so this definitely gives them the possibility to cause an upset for this award in particular but also possibly for another award.

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This was the second  in a series of features that escflashmalta.com has planned for the 2012 edition of the Bay Music Awards and that is because people have to party as if it's the end of the world. In order to vote for the Best Band Award, it is vital to send an sms with either of these acts' respective name sakes as show in the article in bold to 50615303. Make sure that the vote you make is for the song which you believe deserves the award because it managed to make some sort of impact. The voting is open until the 5th December which is roughly just less than a month. Make sure to get cracking and stay tuned to both escflashmalta.com and 89.7 Bay for all of the latest updates from this years' edition of the prestigious music awards

Source: 89.7 Bay, escflashmalta.com

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