From superstar DJs to Brit pop badboy Liam Gallagher, there’s so much live music still to come this year…
There’s rarely a week that goes by without a big name celebrity dropping into the UAE. Whether they’re snapping selfies at the Burj a la Mariah Carey, or making a splash at Zero Gravity like Justin Bieber, Dubai is the go-to destination for music mega stars to get some much-needed down time.
But it’s not all play and no work, as many descend on the UAE to put on a show for residents of the Emirate: and as we look towards the final two months of the year, there’s still heaps to come.
Here are all the concerts still to come in 2017…
November 10: Liam Gallagher & The Chemical Brothers at Party in the Park
Oasis frontman and renowned Britpop badboy Liam Gallagher will take to the stage for this year’s What’s On Party in the Park, which returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Friday 10 November. He will be joined by none other than UK electronica legends The Chemical Brothers, performing a very special DJ set. Read more about the festival here.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 2pm to 1am, Friday Nov 10, Dh350, Dhs650 for brunch, Dhs995 for VIP. Tel: (04) 274 3555. Buy your tickets here
November 17: J-Lo
Jennifer Lopez is coming back to Dubai to perform for one night only at the Autism Rocks Arena on Friday November 17. It’s a return to Dubai for Lopez, who performed at Dubai Media City Ampitheatre five years ago. The 47-year-old singer is known for putting on a real show: we can expect a lot of dancing, bucketloads of sequins and a feather boa or three.
Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, 5pm to 12am, Friday Nov 17, from Dhs345. Tel: (04) 457 3212. More info on website
November 23: Ed Sheeran
It was announced back in May that multi-award-winning Brit singer songwriter Ed Sheeran would perform a one-off gig in Dubai in November, and now the gig is just around the corner. Tickets are sadly sold out, but after some debate over whether the gig would go ahead after the singer broke his arm in a cycling accident, it’s been confirmed that the Shape of You hitmaker will be able to go ahead with the gig.
Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, 5pm to 12am, Thursday Nov 23, sold Out. Tel: (04) 457 3212. More info on website
November 23 to 26: Calvin Harris, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar and Pink
High-speed action hits the capital every November as the final race of the Formula One season makes waves in Abu Dhabi. This year on top of all the racing action, you can catch four big names performing at the Yasalam after race concerts. DJ Calvin Harris will take to the stage on Thursday, followed by Kendrick Lamar on Friday, Mumford & Sons on Saturday and Pink, who will close the show on Sunday. You can’t purchase the tickets individually, as they’re part of the F1 ticket package. There will also be host of other international acts performing at Beyond The Track, Palm Garden Nightclub and the 1OAK pop up.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Thursday Nov 23 to Sunday Nov 26. More info on website
November 30: Kygo
Norwegian DJ and producer Kygo is coming to Dubai for a one-off gig on Thursday November 30 in Downtown. This will be the first performance in Dubai for Kygo, who has collaborated with megastars Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding and Julia Michaels. Since his breakthrough in 2014, Kygo has gone on to make a name for himself in the EDM industry as well as the commercial charts, making hits including Stole The Show, It Ain’t Me with Selena Gomez and First Time with Ellie Goulding.
Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, 6pm to 1am, Thursday Nov 30, tickets from Dhs250 from platinumlist.net. Tel: (04) 457 3212.
November 30 (or it could be 29): Take That
The UK’s most successful boy band in chart history, Take That, were here in 2015, and now they’re coming back – Gary, Howard and Mark will play a one-night-only gig at the Media City Ampitheatre on Thursday November 30. If November 30 is declared a dry night, the concert will be rescheduled to Wednesday November 29 (and all tickets will be valid for the new date).
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 7pm to 12am, Thursday Nov 30, Dhs350 to Dhs995. More info on website
December 6: Rufus Wainwright
Singer, pianist, songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright will perform a special and intimate set solo on guitar and piano at Dubai Opera on 6 December. Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 8pm onwards, Wednesday Dec 6, from Dhs295. Tel: (04) 440 8888. More info on website
December 7: Texas
The Irish Village are bringing Scottish pop rock band Texas back to perform live in Dubai on Thursday December 7. You can expect the award-winning band to play a mashup of their classic hits, as well as tracks from their new album Jump On Board at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, 7pm to 11pm, Thursday Dec 7, from Dhs195. Tel: (04) 457 3212. More info on website
December 8: Elton John
The twice rescheduled Elton John concert is set to go ahead this December, almost a year after the concerts initial date of December 15 2016. The musical legend is set to perform his first ever live show in Dubai as a part of his Wonderful Crazy Night tour. With over five decades of performing across the world and more than 4,000 gigs, he is considered to be one of the most accomplished live musicians in the world.
Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall, 5pm to 12am, Friday Dec 8, from Dhs295. More info on website.