UK grime and rap megastar coming to town for Halloween festival on Friday October 27
We’re struggling to believe that, somehow, Dubai’s winter music scene keeps getting better. We didn’t think it was possible to be more excited than our giddy levels of anticipation for what’s in store over the next few months.
We know Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez and a whole bunch of other massive names are coming to town for a bit of fun in October, November and December. But, Fiesta de los Muertos is the gift that keeps on giving. When we heard Gorillaz were coming to Dubai to headline the day-long Halloween festival, we just wanted to lock ourselves away for a few months and re-emerge on Friday October 27, ready to party at the Autism Rocks Arena. Except we can’t lock ourselves away, because there are too many other awesome bands to see before then.
Now, UK grime sensation Stormzy is coming back to Dubai for a pumping set which will likely feature his biggest hits, including YouTube smash hit Shut Up, which has to date generated nearly 70 million views. Stormzy also collaborated with Ed Sheeran on a remix version of global megahit Shape of You. While he regularly performs live with Sheeran, he also featured on a charity cover version of Bridge Over Troubled Water earlier this year. Stormzy is no stranger to the big stages of Glastonbury, either, and is also the first grime artist in history to hit the top of the UK album charts.
“We are so excited to be adding one of the most in demand rap, grime and hip hop artists to our festival and know the regional fans will share our excitement as we have had thousands of requests, emails and calls asking us to feature Stormzy at the event,” said Thomas Ovesen, 117 Live’s CEO. “Just looking at his various collaborations with other stars you can see the reach of Stormzy and so we feel he fits perfectly with the other festival talents, spanning various genres and age groups and for what will be a fantastic, spooky yet fun Halloween themed night out at the Autism Rocks Arena.”
With The Mariachis (of Doritos TV ad fame) and others also on the bill, Fiesta is already looking like one heck of a big day. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Nick Jonas (of Jonas Brothers fame) has had to withdraw from the event, and we’ll have to wait a little longer for the Jealous singer to make his UAE debut.
Other additions to the bill include Arcade 82, a Dubai-based UK deep house act who can also be found at Blue Marlin, plus another Dubai-based act, Consoul Trainin – known for YouTube hit Take Me To Infinity.
More international artists are due to be announced in the coming weeks, and quite frankly we cannot wait.
Tickets from Dhs350. Fri Oct 27. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai-Al Ain Road, www.800tickets.com