It could be the biggest gig night of the year. After a summer lull, promoters have left us spoiled for choice by bringing over three musical stars to play in a single evening. November 24 will see a trio of male talent take to stages across Dubai: overnight urban success Taio Cruz will perform at N’Dulge, squaring his slick moves against ’80s and ’90s megastar Michael Bolton’s soaring soul at the Madinat Arena, via a slice of Kiwi legend Dave Dobbyn’s rugged rock at Wafi Rooftop in Oud Metha.

Believe it or not, the decision of which gig to choose could have been even trickier: two fighters set for the very same ring forfeited the bout at the final hour. Brit dance diva Sophie Ellis Bextor was set to play on November 24, but her gig has been postponed until December 2, while British indie darlings Razorlight were also scheduled for an appearance next Thursday (we’ve been told to keep our fingers crossed for a February date instead).

So to celebrate the diversity of competing talent arriving on our shores, we meet the New Zealand contingent (aka Dave Dobbin) to find out how he’s preparing to tackle the competition, and profile the two remaining fighters’ likely on-stage tactics. Let the battle commence…

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