We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.
Just in: The ‘biggest boyband in the world’ are coming to Dubai. Yep as we scribbled this we were mediating office debates in wake of the news that One Direction will perform at The Sevens Stadium... next April 15, 2015. Love them or hate them, 1D’s world-conquering might is undeniable, with the kind of record sales that bands in today’s download-centric climate can only dream of – following the release of last year’s Midnight Memories they became the only group ever to have their first three records debut at the top of the Billboard charts in the US, one of 30 countries the LP beat off all competition in. Since emerging as X-Factor losers in 2010, the band has picked up four Brit Awards and assembled vast business empire; last year they were declared the second wealthiest musicians in the UK under 30 years of age. Not bad lads.
The 30,000-capacity gig will be even larger than Justin Bieber’s two 25,000 capacity shows at the same venue last year – although promoter Done has ruled out a second date so 1D won’t topple troubled Bieber’s UAE crown just yet. Tickets go on sale on Thursday May 22 from www.timeouttickets.com and all Virgin Megastores, with the Mall of the Emirates branch opening an unprecedented 6am so fans can queue.
In other news, it’s great to here house heavyweight Jamie Jones is coming over to spin at Blue Marlin Ibiza. The Hot Creations founder will be over to play on June 6, following a cancelled set in April – surely one of the last big outdoor nights of the season.
Speaking of indoors, The Music Room has unveiled a top series of top pre-summer gigs, including a Beatles tribute on June 13 – check www.timeoutdubai.com for the full June bill.