Kelly Rowland and Karl Wolf perform for free while the rest of us look on wondering why we can't sing. It's got to be worth a look.
Akon isn’t the only superstar in town this weekend: Radio 1 are throwing a bash for their listeners featuring Kelly Rowland, Karl Wolf and Abri, while Peppermint Guetta the party started (sorry).
Who is she… Destiny’s less famous Child: i.e. the one who’s not Beyoncé. Increasingly, however, Kelly is emerging from her former bandmate’s ample-bottomed shadow, with a slew of bootylicious hits in her own style. There’s nothing quite as enduring as ‘Crazy In Love’ here, but one could argue that the general standard of Kelly’s output is stronger than that of Ms Knowles.
Little known fact… Kelly’s real name is Keledria Trene Roland. This fact brought on a nostalgic Ricki Lake moment in the Time Out office: ‘Kick him to the curb, girlfriend! You gotta do for you, Keledria!’ etc.
Go see her if… You’re an independent woman who can’t countenance ballers.
Avoid if you… Object to the banalisation of cosmetic surgery. Kelly recently told People magazine that she had a breast augmentation in order to ‘fill out this one House of Dereon top’. House of Dereon happens to be Beyoncé’s clothing brand.
Sounds like… Well increasingly, quite rude, actually. Recent single ‘Work’ has Kelly exhorting her harassed suitor to ‘Put it in! Put it in, put it in, put it in!’. From all the ooh-ing and aah-ing it doesn’t sound like she’s talking about loft insulation.
Who is he… Diminutive Lebanese-born Canadian R’n’B star with lady loving on his mind.
Little known fact… Karl’s recent hit ‘Africa’ was the first video to air on MTV Arabia.
Go see him if you… Missed Justin Timberlake at Emirates Palace and your body still requires a good rocking.
Avoid if you… Think pitch correction for a ‘live’ performance is morally wrong.
Sounds like… A boy whose priorities are irreproachable. A track from his album Bite The Bullet sees him offering vehicular assistance to the older generation (‘Mammy won’t you come and take a ride wit’ me?’) and spreading affection via social networking sites, with the unforgettable couplet ‘I’m professing my love to you / Look me up on MySpace and I’ll add you, boo’.
Who are they… Dubai’s biggest band, if you believe our hype.
Little known fact… Abri are named after the lead singer’s surname.
Go see them if you... Love soul-drenched jazz licks, infectious piano surges and a lead singer who bounces around the stage singing like Stevie Wonder and dancing like a tartrazine-high Sideshow Bob.
Avoid if you... Want a dose of punk with your soul, these guys are louche lounge cats, you dig?
Sounds like... It’s permanently summer, which is quite handy considering where they’re based.
Details: Dubai Tennis Stadium, Saturday April 19, doors open at 5.30pm and the show starts at 7pm, free.
To get a ticket, simply send an SMS to RADIO 1 followed by your name to 6362. Winners will be notified within 24 hours of where and how to collect their invitation.
Peppermint feat. David Guetta
If you want more beats for your buck, then Peppermint – now a monthly institution – is hosting David Guetta this weekend.
Who is he… Faintly egotistical French house producer and DJ who makes songs that hump the radio senseless.
Little known fact… He was the face – and indeed hair – of a world-wide L’Oreal advert where he got to swing his Gallic locks in time to one of his own house tracks.
Go see them if you... Like big synths, cheesy vocals, lots of posturing – and even pouting – from the big man.
Avoid if you... Want a night of quiet introspection - this will be full or arm-waving, sweaty clubbers dancing like well lubricated Stretch Armstrongs.