Second dXb event kicks off series a monster music festivals
It’s official – Dubai’s al-fresco season is here. If you wanted any proof that temperatures have cooled and the city has recovered its mojo, look no further than the upcoming string of huge outdoor festivals taking place across the next three Fridays, each with a capacity of more than 10,000 people. Things kick of at Festival City on Friday October 5 with the dXb Music Festival. A week later it’s the long-awaited first Sandance of the season, at Atlantis The Palm, and on Friday October 19 Atelier/Live takes to the stage at Meydan. We round up the essentials, speak to the headliners and preview the great festival showdown.
The lowdown Kicking off this season of festival fever is the second ever dXb event. More than 10,000 people turned out for the first, hosted at Atlantis last September on what is now dubbed ‘Sandance Beach’, and headlined by electro-pop duo LMFAO (one member of which, SkyBlu, is back to play Atelier/Live on Friday October 19). Hosts Live Nation have upped the ante this time, shifting the venue to Festival Park and bringing over more headliners, including Dutch DJ star Afrojack, poppy hip-hop quartet Far East Movement and US DJ-hitmaker Kaskade. Finally, fresh from UK number one ‘Heatwave’, ‘godfather of grime’ Wiley is a more-than-welcome last-minute addition to the bill.
Factfile Capacity: 15,000. When: 5pm-2am, Friday October 5. Where: Festival Park, Dubai Festival City. Price: Dhs350-500. Transport: None arranged at time of going to press. Stayover options: None available.
Kaskade Back home in the States, Kaskade is huge: one of a handful of DJs to rise to notoriety following America’s belated love affair with electronic music. The 41-year-old father of three was recently called the ‘new face of electronic dance music’ by The New York Times, and voted ‘America’s Best DJ’ last year by readers of US music tome DJ Times. Often mentioned in the same sentence as the likes of Deadmau5 and Skrillex (both of whom he’s worked with), Ryan Raddon is yet to enjoy the same success abroad as many of his American contemporaries. But he’s set to conquer the Middle East when he headlines at dXb Music Festival at Festival City on Friday October 5.
Afrojack This heavyweight Dutch DJ and Grammy Award-winning producer is best known for 2010 worldwide hit ‘Take Over Control’ – as well as for a former relationship with notorious socialite Paris Hilton. The 24-year-old DJ calls Dubai one of his favourite party places. Just as long as he remembers why he is here ...
Far East Movement The first Asian-American group to score a hit in the Billboard Top 10 with 2010 single ‘Like a G6’. The band are promising to ‘turn up the love, bringing you that dirty bass so everyone get your hands up and get ready to party’. Our hands are already up in anticipation.
Wiley The pioneering British grime artist grew up in the suburbs of East London alongside fellow stars Dizzee Rascal and Tinchy Stryder, and is dubbed the ‘godfather’ of grime for his role in defining the British genre. He’s best known for tongue-in-cheek UK number two hit ‘Wearing My Rolex’.