Autism Rocks Family Festival review

Time Out visits the new concert venue in Dubai, Autism Rocks Arena as it hosts its first ever music festival in Dubai, with Tyga and Flo Rida

You don’t factor in the possibilities of a heavy rain shower when you’re organising a massive outdoor charity event in Dubai. But as luck would have it, Autism Rocks and 117’s family-filled day started on gloomy grounds. The afternoon began with organic food stalls, a live petting stand and the zip line podium sparsely filled with those who braved the rain.

However, come 7pm and the announcement of American rapper Tyga on site, the weather started to behave itself and teenagers hurried towards the stage. Tyga performed hits Rack City and Ice Cream Man during his 50-minute set, before handing over the stage to DJs Seb and Fever from Radio One. 

As more rain came, Flo Rida opened his set with a live band and an energetic troupe of back-up dancers. With no care for the rain, the grounds got impressively busier and the Miami rapper began to belt out Good Feeling, followed by Low, Where Them Girls At, Club Can’t Even Handle Me, and Hello Friday. Having recorded the music video for Wild One in Dubai in 2012, Rida’s love for this city is apparent, and he reminded everyone of it. 
“Dubai is My House,” he announced, before singing the hit song.

Dhs50. Fri April 1, from noon. Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai-Al Ain Road.

The bottom line
An unforgettable, value-for-money night for a great cause.

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