After the success of the inaugural event last year, Blended music festival will return on Thursday April 30 and Friday May 1 2015. The festival, which will be held at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, has a famously diverse musical line-up, featuring a blend of genres including rock, reggae, funk, disco and soul.
The first day will see British rockers Kasabian take to the stage. Songstress Jessie Ware is also on the bill. With soulful, melancholy vocals and elegant songwriting skills, Jessie’s outstanding debut album Devotion ensured her status as one of 2014’s breakout new artists. The day will begin with a stripped down sundowner acoustic set from Craig David, while Friday will see Kool & the Gang take to the stage along with Robin Thicke and chart newcomers Nico & Vinz. Tickets cost Dhs395-1,395 and are available at www.blended.ae.
The five-day ChoirFest Middle East is back for a third year, taking place from Tuesday March 10 to Saturday 14 and featuring choirs, coaches and performers from around the world. Nord Anglia International School will host youth choirs on Tuesday 10, plus two days of workshops for schools, culminating in the Senior School Choir of the Year competition on Wednesday 11. Thursday 12 will see a free public concert by regional choirs on DIFC’s Spanish Steps, while ChoirFest’s gala, ‘A Night of a Thousand Voices’, will take place in the gardens of the Kempinski hotel on the Palm Jumeirah on Friday 13. Headlined by a cappella quartet Cadence, a Choir of the Year competition will close the festival.
Original Wings and Rings in Liberty House, DIFC has launched, ‘Wing It’ a new open mic night starting on Tuesday March 3. Those who wish to register as a band or solo artist can sign up to be on the roster of eight to ten artists by visiting www.breakthroughdxb.com, which will coordinate the sets on a weekly basis. Original Wings and Rings will provide artists with a PA system and two complimentary drinks.
The Gramercy reopens this month at Gate Village, DIFC. The venue’s live lounge vibe will welcome musical talent from the UAE. The eclectic line-up of performers includes alternative soul man Adam Baluch, live acoustic sets with Laura and Khalil, indie acoustic sounds from singer-songwriter Abbo and passionate jazz from Dave Holland on the sax.
Finally, don’t miss the new weekly night Select Tuesdays at Pacha Ibiza Dubai, with DJ Keza playing everything from hip-hop and house to dubstep.