Dubai summer playlist 2016

Time Out's Dominic Beesley picks UAE and international music talent you need on your Dubai summer playlist 2016

Acoustic folk trio Vandalye have been called Dubai’s answer to Mumford & Sons and play regularly in the emirate. Made up of Scott Attew and twins Lucas and Thomas McCone, their recently released debut EP topped the iTunes Middle East chart. Check them out at

Bridge Incident
You might recognise frontman Tim Hassall, who’s performed in Dubai for years as a singer-songrwriter, but he formed four-piece Bridge Incident in 2014. Their biggest gig so far is the show they played at last year’s Beats on the Beach concert in Abu Dhabi, and they’ve just released their debut single,
Set Myself Free. Give them a listen at

We Speak In Colors
Although Andrew Armstrong only moved to Abu Dhabi from the US last year, he’s already played dozens of gigs both in the capital and here in Dubai. Performing under the moniker We Speak In Colors, he plays melancholy indie rock, which you can hear at

Holly Låpsley Fletcher, who was on the BBC Sound Of list last year, has had more than a million plays on SoundCloud, released her debut album Long Way Home this year, and is just 19 years old. The singer-songwriter makes powerful electronic music, and counts Adele as one of her fans. Find out more at

From Stockport in the UK, Blossoms say they’re influenced by everyone from Arctic Monkeys to ABBA. While that might be true, a lot of their tracks can be very psychedelic – give Charlemagne and Blown Rose a listen at

Arthur Beatrice
The name’s deceiving – this isn’t a person. Arthur Beatrice are an indie quartet who make soulful, minimal music and were described as the “new The xx” when they released their first album. They released their second album, Keeping The Peace, earlier this year, and went bigger this time around, enlisting the help of the London Contemporary Orchestra. Head to for more.

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