It was only a matter of time before the first big party of the season landed on Nasimi Beach – and it looks as though the Live Nation dXb Beach Festival on Friday September 30 will take some beating. In true festival spirit there will be more than 20 artists, from DJs to bands, performing from 2pm over three stages: Nasimi Beach Stage, the (air-conditioned) dXb Dance Tent, and the Super-Max Pool Stage, where fans can watch the acts while frolicking in the pool. To prepare for the festivities, we’ve spoken to one of the biggest acts and profiled the bands you simply can’t miss, as well as giving you a lowdown of the festival’s extra-curricular activities and ticketing details.
The headliner: Pete Wentz
Arguably the biggest name on the line-up, the former Fall Out Boy frontman is heading to Dubai with a new sound and a new band in the form of US electro-pop group Black Cards. Aside from his music, he’s a writer, record label owner, producer and has his own clothing label. Time Out caught up with the 32-year-old Renaissance man to chat about his musical inspirations, his writing and, what could have been a great career in soccer (sorry, ‘football’). We take it this is your first visit to Dubai.
Well… I’ve been to Dubai airport twice, and from what the airport has to offer I’m very excited about visiting the city for real.
Have people responded well to Black Cards after the success of Fall Out Boy?
I’m not sure. I think people expected there to be a connection between Black Cards and Fall Out Boy. I don’t mean to disappoint, but if I showed up with Fall Out Boy 2.0 with different people it would be a pretty lame second act.
Black Cards have a distinctly different (reggaetron/electric) sound. Is it challenging to work in different genres?
One of the misnomers of having a career in creating art is that people think the only art you’re interested in is the genre you’re working in. When people work on different projects they tend to stick to what’s familiar, but it’s interesting to try something different.
Many artists tend to go solo when their band splits. Why did you choose to immerse yourself in another group project?
I like collaborating, and I think being in a room with your own ideas can be really narcissistic. I’ve indulged in that a couple of times and sometimes I come out thinking: ‘what is this and why doesn’t anyone like it?’ It’s cool to ping-pong with other people’s ideas.
You have a lot of extra-curricular projects, from film to fashion. If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Right now, it’d probably be ‘dad’, which is an interesting role – it applies to everything I do in life. After that I consider myself to be a musician. I want to be on stage, performing.
If you could do it all again – restart your career – where would you be right now?
I’m happy with where I am now. I’ve always wanted to perform on stage, connect with people and sweat it out. Black Cards is a place of escape. There are parts of me that still want to get my college degree and parts that want to be a soccer player [a career that was cut short through injury], but every decision I’ve made has led me to where I am.
What are your plans
after Dubai? We’re doing a Black Cards tour in October and November. It’ll be a different crowd, and it’ll be about earning people’s respect again, so it’s a very humbling mission.
Interview: Oliver Robinson. Black Cards will play the Nasimi Beach stage. Time TBC
The best of the rest
No, not the former Arsenal and England goalkeeper, but the British dance music godfather who has been keeping crowds moving for longer than he’d probably care to remember (since the ’80s), collaborating with artists such as Kylie Minogue, Take That and Pet Shop Boys.
Dave Seaman will play the Nasimi Beach Stage
With an eclectic mix of house tracks, Argentine DJ Cattaneo has awed fans with hits such as ‘Deep Funk’ (2002). Now he’s coming to Dubai to show off some of the skills that earned him residency at Clubland Pacha Buenos Aires.
Hernan Cattaneo will play the DXB Dance Tent
This uncle-nephew duo broke onto the scene with the album Party Rock, then sent dancefloors into a spin with smash single ‘I’m in Miami B*tch’. They soon found themselves collaborating with dance luminaries such as David Guetta on ‘Gettin’ Over You’ and releasing breakthrough album Sorry for Party Rocking. Expect to hear these hits – and newest single, ‘You’re Sexy and You Know It’ – at the festival.
LMFAO will play the Nasimi Beach Stage
British DJ Warren is one of the men behind music label Global Underground and boasts more than two decades of experience behind the decks – experience that will doubtless shine through in Dubai.
Nick Warren will play the DXB Dance Tent
The San Francisco duo rose to fame thanks to their infamous Technohop Dance Parties across the US, where they showcased their unique brand of indie-dance-electro. Recent hits include, ‘Bass Down Low’, ‘Like a G6’ and ‘Backseat’.
The Cataracs will play the Nasimi Beach Stage
The full dXb line-up
Nasimi Beach Stage
Pete Wentz and Black Cards
dXb Dance Tent
Jimmy Van M
Super Max Pool Stage
When? Friday September 30, 2pm-3am
Where? Nasimi Beach, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626)
How much? Dhs350 (regular); Dhs500 (includes access to the three VIP platforms); Dhs950 (includes five drinks, food in the VVIP area, clubhouse access and private washrooms). Tickets available at www.timeouttickets.com