Iron Maiden, Beyonce, Aerosmith and more feature in Time Out's favourite gigs of 2009
Who: Iron Maiden
When: February 13, Dubai Media City
Why we loved it: They might not have been as ear-splittingly loud as we’d hoped, but the dinosaurs of heavy metal were consummate performers last winter, even turning mic failure into part of the act.
When: March 6, Festival Centre
Why we loved it: Motörhead were the headliners at this year’s Desert Rock Festival, but it was Opeth who really took our fancy, as they cast a captivatingly intense spell on the crowd.
Who: Tom Middleton
When: March 19, Madinat Rooftop
Why we loved it: The infamously fuzz-faced DJ – Daft Punk say they couldn’t live without his beard, apparently – played a stonking set of house, soul and everything else up on the former Trilogy rooftop.
When: March 28, Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Why we loved it: Say what you will about their CDs, but nobody performs live quite like Coldplay. Despite a torrential downpour that almost killed the PA, Chris Martin and co lifted the spirits of their massive audience sky-high.
Who: DJ Yoda
When: April 1, Chi
Why we loved it: You might think we’d include Yoda’s November video-mixing gig , also at Chi, but no – it totally killed the night. Instead we much preferred his all-audio, pre-Charlatans cheesefest, which was more conducive to dancing.
When: July 8, Madinat Arena
Why we loved it: Their gig might not have been the best one of the year, but it was certainly in the top ten, aided by a surprising number of singalong hits and the ruddy-faced jumping action of singer Tom Chaplin.
Who: The Subways
When: July 17, Alpha
Why we loved it: Not so much ‘The Subways’ as ‘that one lad out of The Subways’. Still, wee Billy Lunn did a cracking solo acoustic set of Subways songs and covers, and threw some top audience participation into the mix too.
When: October 29, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Why we loved it: Yeah, we’re sure that the pre-F1 Abu Dhabi gig was just a date in a diary for Beyoncé, but she still put on a heck of a show for the assembled masses, complete with glitter-covered costume changes.
When: November 1, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Why we loved it: It’s a bit of a cheat to include two F1 events, except… well, firstly it was an absolutely cracking gig, despite the bands’ hatred of one another. More importantly, it was their last ever one, precisely for the same reason.
Who: Super Furry Animals
When: November 7, The Irish Village
Why we loved it: With Echo & The Bunnymen failing to turn up, weirdy-beardy Welshmen Super Furry Animals became the de facto closing act for the SoundCity festival. And they put on a cracking performance to the sadly tiny crowd.