We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.
First up, there’s news over at the Abu Dhabi F1, where UK rock trio Muse will be bringing their brand of theatrical rock to the After-Race Concerts on Saturday November 2. They join the previously announed closing Sunday concert by Depeche Mode, while we’ve heard rumours an even bigger female pop singer will play on the Friday night. For the first time, there’s also a series of Arabic acts playing on Thursday October 31, headlined by Egyptian Amr Diab.
And we’re happy to report that after some well-grounded speculation in last week’s magazine, the first two acts to play at November’s Sandance have been officially confirmed – and it’s looking to be an absolute corker. Taking a surprising (but oh-so-on-trend) turn into funkier flavours, both Chic feat Nile Rodgers and Jamiroquai have been confirmed for the Friday November 15 event. And it couldn’t be better timed – Rodgers may be the most in-demand guitar player in the world right now, after playing on (and co-writing) Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ (see left), which has topped charts in more than 15 countries worldwide.
The bizarre business venture we told you about, which mixes urban beats with hairdressing is now live. Hip-hop-themed barbers Beats and Cuts hosted a launch party last week, DJ’d by local urban name Mr Shef Codes. Expect to see us stopping by for a short back and sides soon.
UAE alt-rock trio Kicksound has announced it is working on a debut album, to be released later this year. From the material we’ve heard already, there’s plenty to be excited about – see next week’s mag for more on the band.