Hop Fest returns to the IV

We preview Hop Fest 2009 and the Dubai Michael Jackson tribute. Both hit town this month, here's what to expect

Music feature
Music feature
Hop fest

The last of the big summer bashes is almost upon us! Yep it’s almost time for Hop Fest, The Irish Village’s whopping expat party. For those of you who haven’t experienced this slice of Dubai, er, culture, each year The Irish Village puts up a tent and stage to protect thirsty punters from the summer sun and put on three days of live music and revelry.

The musicians this time around will be Hop Fest regulars The Maplejacks, Player’s Lounge favourites Off The Rails and newcomers The Vision, each of which will be playing pop and rock classics and current-day hits. They’ll also be joined by DJ Chris Fisher, who will spin party-friendly tunes for the cheerful crowds.

And there’s always the small matter of the various beers from around the world that will be on sale in the tent, but you’re really just there for the music, right? Right…?

Hop Fest is at The Irish Village, August 13-15.

Michael Jackson Tribute

It’s been a month and a half since Michael Jackson died and still our Facebook homepages are full of people wittering on about him. Not that we’re entirely against talking about one of the most important pop artists of the ’80s, but we’d rather get into an argument about whether ‘Billie Jean’ was really his best song than pore over the grim details of his twilight years. So we’re all in favour of this tribute to Jacko’s life, which will be performed by a troupe of 75 young singers and dancers.

It’s being organised by local musician Glenn Perry (pictured) and will feature a group of moonwalking young ’uns dancing to Jackson’s hits as well as The Dubai Children’s Chorus Choir, who will ‘rock’ ‘We Are the World’ (how one ‘rocks’ that tedious old load of toot we don’t know, but the best luck to them. The Desert Chorale, a young adult choir, will also sing ‘Heal The World’.

The Michael Jackson Tribute is at the Mazaya Centre, August 7.

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