We’re channelling Imagine Dragons and “going back to our roots” and where we’re headed; there sure are a lot of them. The Viharamahadevi Amphitheatre is going to be the epic venue where it all goes down on September 3rdfrom 7 PM, as 5 bands and 5 soloists battle it out for the top spot at TNL Onstage season 16 culminates in a grand finale that is sure to blow your socks off.
Taking to the stage for the band category will be -
And for the soloists –
Headlining for the evening will be Stigmata, Magic Box Mixup and The Slipping Chairs along with a performance by the 2015 winners Cosmogyral. it's going to be night TNL Onstage fans are never going to forget.
Head on over to the official event page to see what else we have in store and how you can score tickets for the biggest talent competition in Sri Lanka.
Did you miss out on one of the best TNL Onstage finales of all time? We’ve got the reviews and the pictures from what went down on the 3rd of September at the Vihara Maha Devi Amphitheatre as we went back to our roots in more ways than one.
The contestant’s performances kicked off with Harinee’s performance. Her original song had a nice vibe to it and got everybody into the groove. Her cover song “Brick by Boring Brick” was the first Paramore track of the night.
Nigel’s original song was a laidback reggae track, “Love Story” which highlighted the amazing diversity of the originals this year. He also got the crowd going with a spirited performance of Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing”. He walked away with the Hutch Voice Your Choice award as the crowd favourite.
V3’s set was solid, and for a small outfit, they made some serious noise with their original “Julia”. With the crowd begging for more, they finished off their set with an electrifying cover of Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’
Farenheight turned up the energy to ridiculous levels with their enthusiasm on stage. We were super impressed with their Punk rock original and also their take on Paramore’s “Crush Crush Crush”.
Thisuryi’s original song was so full of soul that it reminded you of a younger Tina Turner. Her rendition of “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato gave everybody goose bumps and left us in awe of her talent.
SouthWest Jam performed with their usual cool confidence, and had quite a few admirers in the crowd! With their cover of “Open Car” by Porcupine Tree, they took us back in time with their heavy rock sound.
Emmanuel showed us his diverse range of song choice by giving us a powerful rendition of The Animal’s original, ‘House of the Rising Sun’ as his cover and took a different turn by performing an original EDM track.
Scintilate stole the crowd with their amazing hip hop mash up and stunned the crowd with their beatboxing talents. Their original “Girl on a Mission” showcased their diverse ranges, winning them the Runners Up position.
Dilrukshan took on Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ – a vocally complex and therefore tough song to cover. And he did it with style! His original “Fight and Fight”, didn’t have to fight so hard for attention as it highlighted his vocal capability and got him second place in the Solo Category.
Kingdom Life had the whole crowd on their feet and cheering for them. They were simply an amazing band that rocked the stage with two originals. They pretty much dominated the stage with their presence and sound and the crowds lapped up every beat.
The Runner Up soloist was awarded to Dilrukshan while Thiysuri was adjudged the best Soloist this year. Kingdom Life was the clear winner as best band, followed by Scintillate which was a close second. Both winners walked away with studio equipment as well as the chance to record their own EP’s. Another first for TNL Onstage Season 16.
Here’s the list of winners for the night.
Best Original Song: Kingdom Life
The Wild Take Award: Kingdom Life
Most Dynamic Musician: Sheahan Devadoss
Rock the Vote: Kingdom Life
Hutch Voice Your Choice: Nigel
Runner Up: Best Electronic DJ: Nidge
Runner Up: Best Commercial DJ: Lakshan
Runner Up: Best Soloist Dilrukshan
Runner Up: Best Band Scintillate
Best Electronic DJ: Pubudu
Best Commercial DJ: Neco
Best Soloist: Thiysuri
Best Band: Kingdom Life
The guest performances, all who have had their roots at TNL Onstage (Like we said earlier) were nothing short of mind blowing. First up was Magic Box Mixup who got everyone to put their phones to better use than just texting by waving along to an epic Coldplay cover along with other super tracks.
Slipping Chairs was up next with a set that had everyone on their feet. From U2 to Imagine Dragons, (Yes, they performed ‘Roots’, yes we fanboy’d/fangirl’d a lot) their performance catered to every kind of music lover.
With the trains of ‘Andura’ getting everyone to their feet, Stigmata closed the night with 100% Pure Sri Lankan Metal. There was copious amounts of head banging (and balm the next morning), photographs and of course the dynamic Suresh to entertain the rambunctious crowd of metal heads.
And there you have it, the Finale to end all finales. A big thank you to everyone who came out to support fantastic local talent and it was indeed a phenomenal night! Can’t wait for next year! Until then, keep it tuned in cause some brilliant EP’s are going to be launched by our winners very soon.