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Bob Geldof and The Coronas are back, but Backsteet are... not

We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.

Monday March 17 sees Dubai’s significant Irish population toast St Patrick’s Day and as with the previous few years, perennially prickly rocker Bob Geldof is set to perform at The Irish Village on Friday March 14 to mark the occasion. The Live Aid and Boomtown Rats legend will bringing his no-nonsense approach to life with a live show where fans can expect well-received renditions of classics including ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ and ‘Rat Trap’. Early bird tickets can be picked up at for a very reasonable Dhs75. Regular tickets are priced at Dhs100.

An army of ageing boyband fans were disappointed to discover that, contrary to rumours and a post on the band’s official website, the Backstreet Boys will not in fact be playing Dubai for the foreseeable future. The initial leak had stated that the guys would be crooning on stage at Dubai World Trade Centre on March 28. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any developments and we’ll keep you in the loop if things change.

One gig which is confirmed however is The Coronas at Almas Tower on Thursday February 27. The Irish rockers have appeared here for the last three years running and are once again booked by the popular pub brand McGettigan’s. Having sold out last year, we’re expecting the Dhs150 tickets to sell out fast. And you can get your hands on one by visiting our website.

Finally, the city’s love affair with Belgian-themed pubs continues apace with the news of the opening of a brand new venue in the swanky Ritz Carlton DIFC. Café Belge is based on the elegant Art Deco period – we’re looking forward to sampling the mussels and Belgian drinks.

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