Has Idris Elba swapped Hollywood for Dubai? Certainly his presence in this city is currently at fever pitch. Here shooting Star Trek Beyond alongside Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg – who also wrote the screenplay – the 43-year-old will also be taking to the stage for a set on Friday October 23 at Zero Gravity’s DXBeach (www.dxbeach.ae), alongside fellow Brits Clean Bandit, DJ and BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Pete “MistaJam” Dalton, French producer Klingande and Dutch producer Mike Mago.
Elba comes with plenty of musical pedigree, having been stirring up the music scene for almost a decade, DJing as Driis, releasing his own musical productions (including hit track You Give Me Love featuring Maverick Sabre) and he can even this month be seen showing off his rap and dance skills in Nigerian hip-hop artist D’Banj’s music video for his single, Confidential.
Elba’s influences can best be described as eclectic, with the star often drawing on rare grooves, dancehall beats and hip-hop during sets.
“I mostly taught myself to DJ, but I did used to lift the speaker boxes for my uncle when he would do weddings. He was the first to really turn me on to it,” he has said of his skills. “I love working with music, making people dance.” Also in the Golden Globe-winning actor’s locker? “I’m a decent breakdancer,” he revealed to the MailOnline. “I started as a kid and I still love it. I still, if I get a chance, run around and do a bit of crazy legs.” Will the man tipped as the next 007 be busting some moves in Dubai? “People around the world say, ‘You’ll be great as James Bond,’” Elba says. “If it should happen that’s proof there’s connectivity among human beings. If everyone wants something, they can make it happen.” So, let’s start the petition now?
Four more Acts headlining DXBeach
The grammy winners
The Grammy Award-winners have turned their classical string quartet roots into electro, house, pop and this year’s biggest dance track, Rather Be.
The most shazam-ed
French producer Klingande stormed the Euro charts with tropical house tune Jubel, now listed as one of the top 25 most “Shazam-ed” tracks of all time.
BBC Radio 1’s Mistajam sets are heavily focused on grime and hip-hop and he will bring a decade of mash-up genius to the DXBeach decks.
The magic mike
Dutch producer Mike Mago will pull huge house tracks – including the smash collaboration with Dragonette Outlines – from his repertoire.