Blonde spiky wigs at the ready! Legendary Swedish duo Roxette will stop off in Dubai as part of their worldwide tour on Friday, May 20.Time Out challenges you not to choke up during the group’s performance of ‘It Must Have Been Love’. You know you will. Got something in your eye, have you? Rubbish.
Roxette will perform at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Sheik Zayed Road. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 9pm. Ticket prices: Silver Standing Dhs300, Gold Standing Dhs450, Platinum Seating Dhs550, M Premiere VIP Lounge Dhs1,250. For tickets, click here.
Woo ha! Given his famous nickname by rap legend Chuck D after NFL wide receiver George "Buster" Rhymes, Trevor Tahiem Smith Jnr will, er, touch down in Dubai to break ya neck with his inimitable show.
Busta appears at Chi @ The Lodge on Friday, May 20. Doors are open from 9pm to 3am. Ticket prices: Regular Dhs150, Silver (includes one beverage) Dhs175, Black Room (includes two beverages) -Dhs250. For tickets, click here.
You know more Joe Cocker songs than you think. No, you really do. That’s not just something they say in adverts for best-of albums. The gruff-voiced Sheffielder will reel off a string of classics, including, apparently, the theme tune from The Wonder Years, that American TV show you used to watch as a kid, at Al Badia Golf Club in Festival City on Sunday, May 22.
Ticket prices: Regular Dhs300, Front Seating (free seating) Dhs500. For tickets, click here.
How did ‘the king of dancehall’ forge a decade-long music career with just one dance step? Well, he did. And the Jamaican Grammy-winner is returning to Dubai after four years. Did you know he used to play on the Jamaican national water polo team? Thought not.
Sean Paul performs at Chi @ The Lodge on Thursday, June 2. Doors are open from 9pm to 3am. Ticket prices: Regular Dhs175, VIP Dhs250. For tickets, click here.
NME’s best new band of the year beat out Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye for the coveted award. The synthopop duo from Manchester are best-known for their catchy-chorused single ‘Wonderful Life’ from last year.
They perform at the Irish Village in Garhoud on Thursday, May 19. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. Tickets cost Dhs225. For tickets, click here.
Di-dil-di-dil-ding, ding-ding-ding. Come on, you remember Robert Miles’ synth classic ‘Children’. Italian DJ Miles set out to create a track to end sets that would calm ravers before they drove home, cutting down on road deaths. Whether he succeeded is open to debate, but he certainly stumbled upon a repetitive recipe for dance music gold in the process.
Miles performs at Armani Privé in Downtown Burj Khalifa on Friday, May 13. Doors are open from 10pm to 3am. Tickets cost Dhs100. For tickets, click here.
Ghazal Nite with Pankaj Udhas
Indian star Udhas is credited by his country’s music industry with bringing Ghazal, a poetic form of Indian music, to the mainstream. In 2006, he was awarded a Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award in India. That’s how big he is.
He performs at the Westin in Jumeirah, on Friday, May 13. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Ticket prices: Platinum (premium) Dhs1,000, Platinum Dhs500, Diamond Dhs275. For tickets, click here.
The Min Trio
A must for fans of classical music. The Min Trio is hailed as one of the most versatile groups in today’s classical music world. All international soloists in their own right, its members are mostly principals and key players from the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, selected to suit any occasion or style. For this concert, the MinTrio consists of violinists Min Yang, Gaby Lester and Elizabeth Burley.
Doors open at 8pm. Ticket prices: Balcony Dhs120, Stalls Dhs150, VIP Dhs250. For tickets, click here.
Dubai International Dance Festival
Festival organisers promise on their website that the event will be ‘certainly not just more of the same’. That almost definitely doesn’t mean those who enjoyed last year’s event should stay away. The festival is a unique multi-arts event that attracts some of the finest young dance companies, classical dance academies, youth orchestras, bands and music ensembles from around the region and the world.
It takes place at The First Group Theatre, Jumeirah, on Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3. For times and prices, click here.
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A friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex? Steven Spielberg would be rolling in his grave, if he wasn’t alive and well. Barney the friendly dinosaur, one of the most popular children’s characters in the world, is coming to Dubai! Altogether now … ‘I love you, you love me…’
Join our purple anthropomorphic friend as he takes a musical journey into space at the Airport Expo Dubai in Garhoud from Friday, June 3, to Saturday, June 4. Ticket prices: Zone D Dhs125, Zone C Dhs175, Zone B Dhs225, Zone A DHs295, VIP Dhs500. For tickets, click here.