SoleDXB 2019: all the acts you need to see

Why you need to check out Dubai’s top music and sneaker festival

SoleDXB 2019: all the acts you need to see

Sole DXB is one of Dubai’s longest running festivals and every year thousands of music and fashion fans head along to d3 to check out the latest in street wear, sneakers, street art and top live music. You can also expect basketball tournaments, more concerts, food trucks, loads of movie screenings, more sneakers and heaps of cool activations to check out over the two days.

The cool street cultural festival will be returning for its eighth edition, with the theme being the sights and sounds of Jamaica. And the line-up for 2019 is absolutely mega. Get ready for some of the biggest names across the globe to take to the stage this year, spanning 40 years of hip-hop, soul, reggae and R&B – and all in one venue.

The festival will be taking place on Thursday December 5, Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7 and tickets are now on sale – it’s Dhs245 for a day pass of Dhs375 for the weekend pass.


The East London grime MC, rapper, songwriter, DJ and record producer will be taking to the main stage and will be smashing some of his biggest hits. He’s one of the most recognised artists in the UK and recently received an MBE, which confirms his sky-high status.

Burna Boy
The Nigerian singer has been called the face of “afro-fusion” because of his ability to blend the sounds of West Africa with elements of dancehall and hip-hop, so is one to watch out for on day one.

Dave East
The rapper and actor is on a roll at the moment and has recently released two singles which are already making waves. He’s also receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of Method Man in the Hulu mini-series: Wu-Tang: An American Saga. Could a collab be on the cards?

She may only be 19 years old but she’s already a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the impact she’s making on the reggae scene – and now at an international level – and will be bringing a flavour of the Caribbean to Dubai.

YBN Cordae

The American artist is one of the most exciting young rappers of the moment and anybody who is somebody knows it – do you?

Foreign Beggars
The London-based band that formed in 2002 make hip-hop, grime, and dubstep. Almost all of the Foreign Beggars’ output is collaborative so expect a stellar mix of tunes.

Yassin ‘Narcy’ Alsalman
The leading MC makes his return to Sole DXB, this time playing the main stage. The author, actor, videographer, visual artist and musical champion has worked with everyone from Dave Chapelle to Spike Lee to fellow main stage artists Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey.


Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan are without a doubt one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. Celebrating 25 years in the business with a sold-out tour, a headline slot at Glastonbury and two TV series, they head to Sole DXB to perform some of their greatest hits.

Black Star
The rap duo, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli, will be returning to Sole DXB for the second year running and will be showcasing new material.

Rico Nasty
This rap queen from New York City knows how to rock a live show. Warning: a mosh pit is pretty much guaranteed.

Xharlie Black
Xharlie Black is notorious for breaking the boundaries between hip-hop, jazz and R&B. Expect eccentric fusion at this year’s festival.

Ocean Wisdom
This British rapper is known for his quickfire lyrics – on his debut single Walkin’ he rapped at 4.45 words per second.

The Grammy-nominated songwriter from Jamaica became an international name when single Who Knows featuring Chronixx topped global charts in 2014, and amassed more than 70 million views on YouTube – his star status has just continued to grow ever since.

Lila Ike

The Jamaican songbird might be just 25 years old and yet to release a full studio album, but is already being heralded as one of the most exciting new voices of the reggae revival. With four critically-acclaimed singles, she’s expected to bring some serious soul to Sole.

With a voice that’s at times reminiscent of the legendary Lauren Hill and at other times of the eccentric Solange, her success seems pretty much guaranteed. Expect non-stop soulful vibes.
From Dhs245. Thu Dec 5, 6pm-10pm, Dec 6-7, noon-10pm. Dubai Design District,

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