Upcoming gigs in Dubai

Swedish House Mafia, Megadeth, Razorlight and more

The big news this week is that chart-topping house trio Swedish House Mafia are coming to Dubai. Fresh from enjoying two US Billboard number ones, the Stockholm group will be starting their upcoming world tour at Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday November 16.

We’re equally excited to hear the recent announcements that vintage American metal band Megadeth, swaggering UK indie band Razorlight and US American Idol spin-off Daughtry are headlining this year’s Gulf Bike Week (at Festival Park on October 18-19). We’re expecting these acts to be more on the ball that last year’s Amy Winehouse gig.

In the clubbing world, we’ve heard whispers from a well-connected source that top Madinat club Trilogy and chilled jazzy-lounge Jambase are both being taken over by a new team – and we hear it could be the same team behind a number of very notable nightlife ventures in Dubai.

If you read our piece on the city’s classical music scene last week (September 19-25) and wept at its small size, then we have good news for you. While all eyes are on The Fridge’s three-night musical spectacular, Kalubela, hosted at the Madinat’s First Group Theatre from Wednesday October 3, we understand the agency is putting together a series of classical concerts called, inventively, ‘Dubai Classics’. Let’s hope it plugs that gaping hole where classical music should be.

Fans of Dubai urban maestro DJ Bliss will be glad to hear the man hosting a new radio show, ‘The Real Flava’ from 8pm every Thursday on 104.8 Channel 4 FM.

To keep you up to speed, the rumour we told you about Wiley playing at dXb Music Festival is confirmed. He joins Afrojack, Far East Movement and Kaskade – who we grabbed a word with, opposite – at the event on Friday October 5.

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