From rock bands to rappers, these Dubai musicians stand out from the crowd
Time Out Dubai staff
Best Dubai Music Acts Winner Hollaphonic
EDM duo Greg Stainer and Olly Wood – who tout the accolade of being the first dance act to be signed to a major label in the Middle East – have enjoyed a meteoric 12 months, with their debut single ‘I Don’t Want It To End’ storming to the top of the iTunes UAE charts, plus a notable slot at Creamfields Abu Dhabi.
Highly Commended Best Dubai Music Acts Afif Brothers
The Lebanese siblings Rony (drums) and Elie (double Bass) are stalwarts of the city’s live music scene, delivering top-notch jazz with impressive regularity. Catch them live on Fridays at Jazz@Pizza Express.
Highly Commended Best Dubai Music Act Juliana Down
With promising fresh material in the bag and a new album expected any time soon, as well as a triumphant appearance at Gulf Bike Week and an imminent slot at Dubai Jazz Festival, these homegrown anthemic rockers are clearly on a roll.
Having recently bagged a residency at the Boutiq Ultra Lounge, as well as gigging weekly at Jazz@Pizza Express, playing huge events like the Abu Dhabi F1 and last year dropping their eponymous debut album, we’re looking forward to a regular live dose of the band’s funky blend of rock, soul and reggae.
With a series of triumphant live performances alongside four international musicians and a live flamenco dancer, plus the imminent release of his new record, the Arabic fusion guitarist and oud player has continued to mesmerise his fans over the last year.
Averaging two live shows a month last year – and touring India alongside celeb fan, Guns n’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot – our 2013 winners have been consistently supplying the goods to their appreciative guitar music fans.