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7 Days Newspaper, UAE

7 Days - September 24th 2013

Thinking Outside of the Box

Making a move to the Middle East has certainly paid off for a band who formed back in 2005 in Scotland.

The Boxtones, who were crowned winners of Dubai's 'Street to Stage' live music competition at the weekend, moved to Bahrain eight years ago after struggling to earn a living with music back home.

Now based in Dubai and set to support Europe at their gig in November, the band beat competition from 2,000 other groups at the event, which reached its final on Friday. Singer, guitarist and the band's managing director, Gary Tierney has been writing his own songs since he was 16 but says it's only recently that the group started performing original material - which they worked hard on for the contest.

He explains: "The competition was actually only our third live performance of our original stuff. We're used to playing covers which are quite simple but playing the original stuff was a challenge as our music is quite complicated in a lot of ways, so we worked hard to get it right as we're perfectionists!"

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