Sandance closing party

Who to see at final Sandance before summer strikes

Morcheeba: 5.30pm
The UK trip-hop trio are set to add an element of sophistication to the final Sandance of the season. In sharp contrast to Travis’s singalong anthems and Dizzee’s blotchy beats, Morcheeba’s moody, understated grooves
are perfect for sunset. Expect to hear choice cuts from platinum-selling career high, 1998’s Big Calm.

Travis: 7.30pm
You’d be forgiven for wondering where they went, but there was a time when it was hard to escape Scottish band Travis’s maudlin, radio-friendly acoustic rock. Best remembered for a trio of similar-sounding hits drawn from 1999’s The Man Who – ‘Driftwood’, ‘Turn’, and ‘Why Does It Always Rain on Me?’ – we’re expecting plenty of teary, nostalgia-tinged crowd singalongs (alongside some newer, less familiar material, no doubt).

Dizzee Rascal: 9pm
Since picking up the much-coveted Mercury Music Prize while still a teen for debut album Boy in da Corner in 2003, the 27-year-old English rapper has been the go-to poster boy for the UK grime scene that spawned from East London bedrooms during the past decade. Dizzee’s tongue-twisting, machine-gun delivery has graced a string of hits including ‘Dance wiv Me’, ‘Bonkers’, ‘Holiday’, ‘Dirtee Disco’ and ‘Shout’, all of which have been embraced by the mainstream; he won a Brit Award in 2010 for Best Male Artist. Having collaborated with Norman Cook on 2008 tune ‘Toe Jam’, we’re hoping to see the pair share a mic at Sandance. ‘It would be long overdue,’ says Cook. ‘Knowing Dizzee, it’ll be hard to keep him off stage.’

Fatboy Slim: 10pm
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UPDATE: DIZZEE RASCAL HAS PULLED OUT OF THE EVENT.

Essentials

Sandance takes place on Friday May 4, 2pm-2am at Sandance Beach, Atlantis The Palm. Tickets are Dhs250 (regular), Dhs400 (VIP). www.timeouttickets.com.

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