What’s On has details of a battle of the bands opportunity known as Band Jam at Al Ghurair Centre Dubai. You can enter this battle of the bands in Deira.

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Submissions are being accepted for this year’s Band Jam at Al Ghurair Centre.

Juliana Down frontman and Hype columnist Dia Hassan is looking forward to young bands with originality shining through at this year’s event, which was formerly known as Al Ghurair Centre’s Battle Of The Bands.

“I’ve been part of a few judging panels before,” said Dia, who will once again be passing judgement on the acts. “I’m excited to see the new talent in town. I’ll try to give feedback based on my experience, but most of all it should be fun for everyone involved.”

Bands interested in entering the competition have until October 23 to register online. The three-day event kicks off on Thursday, November 13. The winning band will scoop a cool prize package that includes time in a recording studio and mentorship from an international band.

Last year’s instalment saw 5,000 people cheer ‘Sagisag’ to victory as part of the National Day celebration. The winners, whose name is Tagalog for ‘Symbol’ rocked out with several classics like ‘I Want to Break Free’ and ‘Play That Funky Music’.  Having been chosen by the battle’s esteemed panel of industry experts, they then played an off the cuff 45-minute set.

The panel of judges included Dan Bolton, the head of entertainment Bareface who has previously performed at opening and closing Olympic ceremonies, Louie de Costa and Bluebird of Tag 91.1, Grayson and Sejoy of Melody House, Mina Liccione, an award-winning Broadway veteran, comedian, tap dancing body percussionist hailing from New York with experience in STOMP and Cirque du Soliel, and Yafei.

Al Ghurair Centre, Rigga Road, Deira, November 13 to 15. Metro: Union Station. Tel: (04) 2234223. Register your band online at alghuraircentre.com/bandjam or e-mail bandjam@al-ghurair.com