Dubai nightlife news

Big gigs cancelled plus concerts at Taste of Dubai and Sikka Art Fair

There are two rather big bits of bad news this week, with both Anastacia and Psy announcing they won’t be coming to Dubai. US singer Anastacia was forced to cancel her billed gig at Dubai World Cup on Saturday March 30 after being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time since 2003. ‘It just breaks my heart to disappoint [my fans],’ she said.

Meanwhile it was finally confirmed that ‘Gangnam Style’ singer Psy will not be coming to Dubai. The news follows more than a week of will-he-won’t-he speculation after the star denied he would he headlining the forthcoming My Music X festival, despite being announced as the headliner. Thankfully, the team behind the event, which will be hosted at Atlantis, has pledged that other confirmed acts such as David Morales, Sean Paul and ATB will still show.

We’ve heard on the grapevine that British indie darlings Noisettes will be closing this year’s Taste of Dubai festival on Saturday March 16.

We’re glad to see the local scene get a healthy buzz with plenty of live music planned around this month’s Sikka Art Fair. Like last year, there will be concerts taking place on a number of stages in Bastakiya throughout the festival, which runs from Sunday April 14 to Wednesday 24, as well as a new location outside Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Local world fusion master Kamal Mussalam is curating the music, and is planning a genre-mashing collaboration album with the featured artists to be sold at the fair. With diverse artists including Casper, Beatbox Ray, Fables of Cantt, Gayathri, Harrison Rice and Jabbar Layla Lacol on the bill, we can’t help but be intrigued.

More observant clubbers may have noticed that Mansion – the club that opened in ‘old Dubai’ midway through last year – has mysteriously shut. However, the management has assured us that it will be reopening ‘soon’, with the same name, concept, and ‘international music’.

However, there’s more change at the former Caffé Florian – the DIFC bar-café-restaurant has gone for good, but will be reincarnated as a Mediterranean tapas venue, we’re told. That’s all for now, party people – now get out and play!

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