From Ed Sheeran to Elton John, here are 12 you won’t want to miss
Dream Theater - October 6 Legendary prog rockers Dream Theater will be lighting up Dubai Sports City as the band celebrates the 25th anniversary of its debut album Images, Words & Beyond. Expect classic hits including Pull Me Under and Another Day, plus a lighting and visual spectacular to wow. Ticket prices are yet to be announced, but keep an eye on www.bandsintown.com for more information. Fri Oct 6. The Dome, Dubai Sports City,www.bandsintown.com
British pop-rock band Scouting For Girls will be playing a one-off show at Dubai Opera on Friday October 20. The gig will also be the first time Dubai’s opera house will be arranged in a flat floor layout, so jump around to hits like She's So Lovely and Elvis Ain't Dead. Dhs150. Fri Oct 20. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
Gorillaz at Fiesta De Los Muertos – October 27 One of the gigs we’re most looking forward to this coming season is Fiesta De Los Muertos – the Halloween party taking place at Autism Rocks Arena. Damon Albarn’s legendary virtual band Gorillaz will be headlining this year, with support from Nick Jonas (formerly of The Jonas Brothers fame) and The Mariachis (currently of Doritos TV ad fame).
If you need to do some swatting up on the many, many brilliant Gorillaz songs – check out our round up of their top 11 tunes. From Dhs350. Fri Oct 27. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.800tickets.com.
Status Quo - October 27
Classic British rockers Status Quo will be rocking all over Dubai Opera this October. So if celebrating Halloween at Fiesta De Los Muertos isn't your thing, perhaps a night catching this legendary band is? The band has extended its Last Night at the Electrics world tour in honour of late guitarist Rick Parfitt. Pay your money, take your choice. Whatever you want. From Dhs195. Fri Oct 27, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com
Ocean Colour Scene – November 9 The ’90s, Britpop band will be playing a gig at The Irish Village on Thursday November 9, and you can to see the nostalgic group for just Dhs165. The band are heading to The Irish Village as part of their Moseley Shoals 20th Anniversary Tour, where they’ll be performing their greatest hits including The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught the Train and Hundred Mile High City.
Liam Gallagher – November 10 Keeping up the Britpop invasion, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is heading to Dubai to perform at the Party in the Park festival at Dubai Media City. Expect singalong classics from his Oasis days and a bunch of new material from his debut solo album As You Were, which will be released in October. Fri Nov 10. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City. Tickets on sale Thu Aug 10.
From a Latin American-themed festival in October to one of the continent’s music legends in November, Jennifer Lopez is also in town for one night only. One of the absolute stalwarts of pop in the 21st Century, JLo is going to be rocking the Autism Rocks Arena on Friday November 17, bringing her Latin American glamour, full-throttle dance performances and massive tunes like Jenny from the Block, Love Don’t Cost a Thing and On the Floor. From Dhs345. Fri Nov 17. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.800tickets.com
There are few gigs that whipped up as much of a frenzy as Ed Sheeran’s pending arrival did. The singer-songwriter has been here before, but Sheeran’s career has absolutely skyrocketed in the years since his 2015 visit. Demand for tickets spread like wildfire, and – sadly – sold out long ago. But keep a close eye on official outlets for this one, you never know, more tickets might crop up ahead of the gig. Sold Out. Thu Nov 23. The Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai, www.117live.com.
Calvin Harris and P!nk – November 23 and 26 The first two global superstars have been announced for this year’s F1 party in Abu Dhabi. And the show looks set to be bigger and better than ever. Calvin Harris has been confirmed as the Thursday (November 23) night headline act at this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yasalam After-Race concert. P!nk has also been confirmed, with the entire Yas Marina circuit being painted – appropriately – pink to mark the occasion of her gig on Sunday November 26.
You can buy tickets to the Abu Dhabi Grand online here, with tickets starting from Dhs995 for a three-day pass. Nov 23-26. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketsyasmarinacircuit.com.
Tiesto, Carl Cox & Martin Garrix - November 24-26 Abu Dhabi’s Formula 1 weekend will see three DJ megastars take to the decks at Du Forum. Dance music supremos Alchemy Project’s three-night Beyond The Track event sees the promoters return to the scene with a bang after five years away. Martin Garrix will perform on Friday November 24, Carl Cox on Saturday November 25 and Tiësto will round off the weekend on Sunday November 26. They will appear at Du Forum, Yas Island, adding to the Yasalam After-Race gigs by Calvin Harris, P!nk (and another act, still to be revealed) as part of the capital’s biggest weekend of action. From Dhs295. Nov 24-26, 10pm-5am. Du Forum, Yas Island. www.tixbox.com.
UK pop legends Take That are coming back to Dubai this November, on the back of their sell-out Wonderland tour of the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Remember Shine, Never Forget and Everything Changes? Expect all the massive hits, plus tracks from the latest album, Wonderland. One of the most successful bands in UK chart history, Take That have had 12 number one singles in the UK, seven number one albums with 45 million record sales, eight million ticket sales worldwide for live shows, plus eight BRIT Awards including Best British Band and Best British Live Act. From Dhs299. Thu Nov 30. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, www.800tickets.com.
One of the most decorated vocalists, composers and songwriters in the world today, Rufus Wainwright, is coming to Dubai this year. Dubbed one of the greatest male vocalists of his generation, Wainwright has an extensive back catalogue and discography – including eight studio albums, three live albums and even an opera, Prima Donna, which has been performed around the world. Dhs295. Wed Dec 6. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
Due to a severe bout of gastric flu, Sir Elton John postponed his originally scheduled December 2016 show, and again in January this year. The show has now been set to take place on Friday December 8 – and the Rocket Man singer is “looking forward to seeing you all there and promises an amazing show”. Dhs295. Fri Dec 8. The Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai, www.800tickets.com