The most memorable 3,000-plus capacity concerts of the past 12 months
Time Out Dubai staff
Europe Neeh-neh-ne-naaaa.. neeh-neh-na-na-na-naaah! The Swedish rockers behind ‘A Final Countdown’ proved they’re more than a one hit wonder with this impressive display of musicianship. Hosted by M Premiere @ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (November 22 2013).
Happy Mondays Hot on the heels of visits from The Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher, Shaun Ryder and his merry men strolled into Dubai with an unapologetically nostalgic set – even Bez came this time – topping off a fine season of ‘Dadchester’ in Dubai. Hosted by the Talent Brokers @ Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium (April 26 2013).
Horace Andy Underrated reggae legend (and sometime Massive Attack collaborator) Horace Andy played an intimate set to usher in a new season for Drop Dread, his unmistakable vocals bouncing off Casa Latina’s walls while queues snaked out into the corridor. Drop Dread (Deep Crates Cartel) @ Casa Latina (September 6 2013).
Kamal Musallam In 2012, Kamal Musallam celebrated the release of his Greatest Hits album (and a Time Out award), cementing the Syrian oud and guitar player’s place in the heritage of the city’s music scene. But if anyone was scared that he’d be looking back or slowing down, he came back shining with a run of gigs in November alongside a visiting jazz band – plus live percussion from a Flamenco dancer. One of his most exciting projects yet. The Fridge (November 4, 2013).
Katya Apekisheva The Score put together an impressive run of international classical and world music names in the first part of 2013, with the show-stopper a concert from globally renowned Russian pianist Katya Apekisheva. Classical music fans rarely have it so good. The Score @ Madinat Theatre (April 29 2013).
Reverend and the Makers The emirate’s indie fans had a treat when outspoken raconteur Jon ‘The Reverend’ McClure and his band of Makers arrived for an intimate Dubai gig of high adrenaline rock n’ roll. Hosted by Ohm Events @ The Music Room (October 4 2013).
Shaggy Whatever he says, it really WAS Shaggy who brought a fun-filled set of retro party faves to a vamped up crowd at Cavalli Club, just before summer. Hosted by Atelier Events @ Cavalli Club (July 7 2013). Read our interview with Shaggy here.
Tarek Yamani ft. Elie Afif The NYC-based jazz pianist played a spellbinding set of meandering piano improvisations, which touched on Arabic scales and inventive inflections, joined for a more swinging second set by Dubai’s own jazz bass stalwart Elie Afif. The Fridge (September 30 2013).
Texas You Can Say What You Want... because in Dubai Texas put a tight set packed with hits, energy and charisma when they took to the stage and wowed a sold out crowd at The Irish Village. The Irish Village (January 23 2014).