Launched in 1999, TNL Onstage is TNL Radio Network’s signature annual event, an island-wide talent competition based in Colombo, Sri Lanka that provides a platform for local bands and musicians to take to the stage, play to an audience of thousands, and win the ultimate prize, the title of Best Band or Best Soloist of each respective season of TNL Onstage, along with cash awards and other prizes.

Since its inception, TNL Onstage has evolved to include recognition of all manifestations of original talent. In addition to recognizing exceptional musical aptitude in the form of awards such as the Best Musician Award and Best Original Song Award, in 2012, TNL Onstage introduced new honors such as the Design Award, Photography Award and Songwriters Awards as elements of the competition and event, encompassing every aspect of a musician’s performance and presentation.

TNL Onstage promotes diversity in musical styles and genres, opening up entries each year to bands and soloists, irrespective of their musical persuasion. The event spans three months, and is typically broken down into a series of sdadhaosidaosgdasdgasioudgaio and semi-final rounds and supplemental events, culminating in one big finale. All participants undergo rigorous training under the supervision of a consultant artist and various professional musical mentors and instructors throughout the course of the competition.

TNL Onstage has given birth to the careers of many Sri Lankan artists who have gone on to gain local and international fame in their respective fields of music; artists such as Iraj Weeraratne, Billy Fernando, Ranidu, Ashanthi, Sheranga Rajapakse Bathiya and bands such as Independent Square, Paranoid Earthling, Jada, the Brass Monkey Band, Tantrum, Icarus, Stigmata, Nemesis, and Magic Box Mixup, among others. TNL Onstage is hailed as one of the biggest talent competitions in Sri Lanka, and as of 2011, has consistently distributed over Rs. 1 Million in cash awards in addition to other prizes, amongst its winners each year.


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