Back in November 2019, British rapper and grime star Stormzy announced a gig in Dubai as part of his 2020 Heavy Is the Head world tour – with the Dubai gig being the first stop on the tour.
And the internet went wild – well, at least in Dubai. And guess what? We went wild all over again at his stellar RedFestDXB show.
The 26-year-old Londoner found fame for his 2015 hit Shut Up, and went on to win a string of accolades including MOBO and Brit Awards. In 2017, his debut album Gang Signs & Prayers became the grime album to reach number one in the UK albums chart.
After much speculation, it was revealed that Glastonbury 2019 headliner was heading to Dubai as part of the hugely popular festival, RedFestDXB. And we weren’t disappointed.
But first, the start of RedFestDXB. Stormzy aside, the impressive Friday roaster included Machine Gun Kelly, Noah Cyrus, Cheat Codes, Becky Hill and Dubai’s very own Dany Neville – a former winner of our Best DJ award at the annual Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards.
British singer Becky Hill has the first big act to take to the stage and put on stellar performance featuring some of her best known songs such as I Could Get Used to This and Lose Control.
The crowd of eager concert-goers seem impressed and so are we and she certainly set the tone for what’s to come.
The night continues with Cheat Codes, Noah Cyrus and Machine Gun Kelly all putting on stellar performances. The amphitheatre is packed and the entirety of the crowds seem to be having a blast.
And finally Stormzy takes to the stage. The superstar rapper smashed his way through heavy hitters Shut Up, Own It, Vossi Bop, Wiley Flow – the list goes on. Each hit being delivered with so much energy we can feel it in the crowds. There’s no denying that Stormzy did what he came to do – and that was to take Dubai by storm, ahem. He’s referred to as the King of Grime, and now we know why.
The Dubai Media City Amphitheatre this time of year is still a stellar space to rock out in, with plenty of food and drink stands, along with a massive stage so everyone can see acts. Vibes are electrifying, and while other acts were fabulous in their own right, none contributed to that electricity than (the fittingly named) Stormzy.