Record numbers attend Asia ‘Blues Night’

By Doug Newhouse |

More than 350 TFWA guests and delegates attended last Monday’s ‘Blues Night’ party at the Le Baroque bar in Chijmes, Singapore, where the Billy Norman Band rocked and rolled the audience into the early hours of Tuesday with yet another fine performance.

Now running for more than a decade at both the TFWA Singapore and Cannes’ shows, this event lived up to its reputation as one of the most popular, with another terrific atmosphere where attendees had a great time in the traditionally informal atmosphere.

In addition to fine performances from Billy Norman (lead guitar/vocals), David Spillane (bass guitar/vocals) and Ian Kirk (percussion/vocals), there were also a number of cameo performances from some of the talented musicians that still exist in the travel retail industry today.

These included some great guitar playing from TFWA’s official photographer Jacques Gavard and a fine performance on percussion and drums from Heinemann’s Paul Topping. TREND and The Travel Retail business’ Editor Doug Newhouse also swapped his bus pass for a plectrum, exchanging guitar licks with Billy Norman on a few Santana and Pink Floyd songs.

Our many thanks go to every body who attended, everyone that played, our sponsors – Brown Forman Beverages Worldwide and Interbev – and the management and staff at La Baroque. The Travel Retail Business looks forward to welcoming everyone at the next event which will be held during the week of the TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes, France.


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