Dubai and Abu Dhabi are well known for its nightlife and numerous music gig from small club acts to huge music festivals. Hot and humid weather is out and winter is just right in the corner, outdoor events are starting to pop out in different parts of the Emirates. Here's a list of the upcoming music gig to watch out before we leave 2016 behind.
Madness are London ska group formed in mid 70's. The North London Invaders have 15 hit singles that reached the UK Top 10, "House of Fun" and "Wings of Love" were just few of their early top singles in UK and Ireland. Some other hits that attained their well know status are, "It Must Be Love" (a well loved version of Labi Siffre's 1971 hit), "My Girl" and "Our House", a new wave track that was their most internationally successfully single to date.
James Morrison, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who achieved a worldwide success with debut single "You Give Me Something", claiming a No. 1 spot in New Zealand in 2006. His "Undiscovered" debut album, debuted at the top of the UK album charts. He won the Brit Award for Best British Male in 2007.
Bob Geldof became the lead singer of the punk rock band Boomtown Rats in the late 70's. Their hit song "I Don't Like Mondays" was number one in the UK Singles Chart for a month in the summer of 1979. Geldof and Midge Ure (Leadman of Ultravox) were the men behind the supergroup Band Aid (founded to raise money for famine relief in African countries) where he co-wrote the track "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?", which has sold 3.7 million copies in the UK. This free event is brought to you by The Irish Village in celebration of it's 20th year of Irish existence in Dubai.
Relieve the 90's with the inaugural Sunset Music Festival in the Emirates. The 90's iconic bands will be performing live in the leading sports destination in the capital, Zayed Sports City. Headlining the festival will be the Brit Award winning singer songwriter, Gabrielle. Her debut single "Dreams" topped the UK Singles chart in 1993, "Going Nowhere" & "Out Of Reach" are just few of her top charting hits. The American alternative hip-hop group, Arrested Development, will be one of the co-headliner of the event, well known with their tracks like "Everyday People", "Tennessee" & "Mr. Wendal". Another co-headliner will be the German Eurodance group The Snap!, the group became famous with their hits like "Rhythm Is A Dancer" & "The Power", particularly known for it's hook "I've got the power".
Freshly Ground, the South African Afro-fusion band, will be supporting the event with Adam Baluch, a live looping artist who is a veteran performer in many music gigs in the region.
Bamboo Mañalac is a music icon in the Philippines for more than 20 years, he became famous in the mid-1990s as lead singer of one of the biggest selling Filipino rock band "Rivermaya" before becoming the frontman of his own band "Bamboo". He is the star of the popular TV show "The Voice of the Philippines" and later returned back as coach in "The Voice Kids Philippines" from 2014 to present. He is currently in an international tour and scheduled to play in Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Dublin and Doha.
117Live, one of the biggest event management in the region, presented a brand new annual halloween themed festival in Dubai, Fiesta De Los Muertos - A Killer Party.
The American electronic music band, Major Lazer, will be one of the headline act of the event. Their massive hit "Lean On" featuring Mo became the most streamed track in Spotify history with more than half a million plays. Included in the line up is the Best New Act in the 1998 MTV Europe Music Award, All Saints. The reformed English-Canadian girl band became famous with their award winning hits like "Never Ever" and "Pure Shores". Joe Jonas & his band DNCE have been recently added in the line up. The American pop band popularized the disco funk hit "Cake By The Ocean" which was nominated for the Best Anthem in the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards.
The festival will be supported by the UAE house/electro duo Hollaphonic and The Mariachis, an authentic ensemble of Mexican musicians.
Brian Wilson is the creative genius behind the American rock band The Beach Boys. Pet Sounds tour is a worldwide concert tour by Brian Wilson to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds which was released in 1966. Founding members Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin who joined the band in the 70's will be joining him on stage. Brian Wilson will play tracks from the Pet Sounds album along with rare cuts and greatest hits.
One of Dubai's much awaited music festival is back on it's 3rd year. This is Dubai's version of the Glastonbury Festival but without the mud just the scenic landscape of the Media City Amphitheater. The multi stages, the urban street style of the pop-up village, artisan stores and the Brunch deck makes it stand out from the other music festival in the region.
This year's music line ups are popular in the Brit-indie rock scenes. The lads from Leeds, Kaiser Chief, will be one of the headliner, famous with their hits like "I Predict A Riot" & "Everyday I Love You Less & Less". The groovy band of the 90's, The Charlatans, are also co-headlining the event, known from their tracks like "The Only One I Know" and "Weirdo". The Scottish band, Travis will also be sharing the stage to play their hits like "Why Does It Always Rain?" and "Closer".
The English punk rock band are returning back to The Irish Village Dubai after 8 years. They are the most successful and longest surviving band from the UK punk scene in the 70's with 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums to date. Their biggest hit is "Golden Brown", it reached number 2 in Britain. Some of their other tracks include, "No More Heroes", "Peaches", "Always The Sun" and "Skin Deep". This will be Irish Village's last scheduled live performance for the year following the gigs from Madness, Bob Geldof & Brian Wilson.
The largest entertainment music festival is back on its 8th year. The After-Race Concerts are back with spectacular line up of global superstars, a magnificent three nights of musical entertainment free for all F1 ticket holders.
The event will be kicked off by the English electronic duo, The Chemical Brothers, their massive hits "Block Rockin Beats" & "Hey Boy Hey Girl" are the anthems of techno music in the late 90's. The former Commodores member, Lionel Richie will be performing on the second day. Well loved with his romantic top tracks like "Hello", "Say You, Say Me" and "Stuck On You". And on the final day, crowd will be dancing and cheering with the baddest girl of Barbados, Rihanna. The top selling digital artist of all time and the 8-time Grammy Award winning entertainer will perform her "Anti World Tour" in the capital. This event is exclusive for Abu Dhabi GP ticket holders.
The legendary English singer will be performing in Dubai as part of his "Wonderful Crazy Night Tour". Elton John is one of the most successful artist in the history of the American Charts having 56 Top 40 singles in the US. Three of his albums have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, including his 1970 eponymous album. He has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time. Some of his notable top charting hits include: "Daniel", "Your Song", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me", "Rocket Man" and a lot more.
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