Rock Nation returns

Rock Nation, Dubai’s most varied rock and metal night, returns with head-nodding tunes for everyone…

Music feature
Music feature

If the all-new, all-metal Desert Rock Festival next week is a bit too heavy for your tastes then worry not. You see, Rock Nation has returned to Touch with five wildly different local bands to put on a night that will, say the promoters, ‘set the stage on fire’. We’re assuming they don’t mean that literally. At the very least there would be some kind of property damage that could get someone at Touch in trouble, and at worst it would be a danger to human life. Not to mention the insurance wrangles. Goodness!

But we digress: the night opens at 7.30pm with Good Fryday, a four-piece band who’ll kick things off with their trademarked glam-rock stylings. We were worried that glam rock had gone extinct with T-Rex, so we’re happy to see them on the bill. They’ll be followed by Eye, who’ve made a fair few performances of late, most notably supporting world/electronic music band Niyaz a couple of months ago. Their stage show combines psychedelic rock music with trippy visual effects to create a rather more arty experience than you might be used to from Dubai’s local set, so they’re definitely worth checking out.

They’ll be followed by old hands Ground Zero, formerly known as 13AD, who’ll be playing ’70s- and ’80s-inspired classic rock and original tunes. This will be their first performance at a non-mainstream, ‘underground’ event, so who knows what else they’ve got up their sleeves. Not us, obviously, otherwise we’d tell you. We’re nice like that.

The evening’s penultimate act is Borrison Ivy, who’ll be familiar to most of you. They’ve been getting more and more gigs over the past couple of months, which is pleasing since they really are very good. In fact, they’ll be rushing to play Rock Nation after their Emirates Fringe Fest gig that same night. Expect Whitesnake, Van Halen and AC/DC-influenced rock.

And if you have to get some metal, then don’t worry: Desert Rock-starring metalheads Nervecell will be headlining the night with their brand of US-influenced thrash and death metal, with tracks from both their old and new albums. And in between there’ll be the now-traditional Rock Nation air guitar competition, allowing aspiring guitar heroes to bust moves onstage while competing for Benetton clothing vouchers. To participate, email Rock on!

Rock Nation takes place at Touch on Feb 29

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