Two massive pieces of gig news are battling for column inches this week. First, there’s news that the full reformed Happy Mondays will be coming to Dubai for the first time; second that ‘Gangnam Style’ star Psy is headlining a new festival. The Korean worldwide sensation will top the bill at the [three/four]-day My Music X festival, alongside Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul and US R&B singers Keith Sweat and Eve. We’re more excited about the roster of international DJs being pedalled in though, with David Morales, ATB, Judge Jules, Inner City’s Kevin Saunderson, Sander Kleinenberg and many more billed to appear at the event, which will host headline performances at Atlantis The Palm alongside acoustic gigs at the ‘My Music X Village’, hosted at Dubai International Marine Club.
More nostalgic minds will be happier with the news that The Happy Mondays will be playing Dubai Tennis Stadium on March xx for a show starring the full line-up from bands ’80s heyday, unlike their last visit to the same venue in 2009.
Renowned rapper Wyclef Jean took to Twitter to announce his latest collaboration – with Dubai’s very own DJ Bliss. After visiting the UAE for last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, three-time Grammy-winner Wyclef holed up in a hotel room (pictured left) with Bliss and Prince Q, laying five tunes for a new mixtape, including lead track ‘Writers’ Block’.
Finally, a quick nod to local electro-pop duo Hollaphonic. After starring on these pages on February 13, the pair’s debut single went on to top the regional iTunes chart, and also made it into Virgin Radio’s request chart (see below). That’s all for now, party people – now get out and play.