2018 in music: All the artists confirmed to perform in Dubai


From K-Pop icons to the Backstreet Boys, here are all the music megastars coming to Dubai this year…

After a stellar 2017 which saw the likes of J-Lo, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran take the stage, 2018 is already shaping up to be another epic year for live music fans.

We’ve rounded up all the stars with confirmed gigs coming up (plus a few we’d love to see join the line-up). Mark these dates in your diary!

Rag’n’Bone man

Who: His stirring single Human is the perfect blend of pop and blues – which is why it’s gained 411 million views on YouTube – and Rag’n’Bone Man, aka Rory Graham, will play a one-night-only show at Dubai Opera this year. Graham won two BRIT Awards this year – he won Critics’ Choice and the Best British Breakthrough Act –  and his Dubai Opera performance will be part of his European tour.
When: Friday, March 23
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
From Dhs195

Liam Payne

Who: Former One Direction star Liam Payne has enjoyed a big year, releasing his first single as a solo artist, Strip That Down, which peaked at no. 3 on the UK Singles Chart. He’s coming to Dubai for a special performance at Global Village.
When: Friday, March 30
Where: Global Village Main Cultural Stage
Price: Free (but entry to Global Village is Dhs15)

DJ Benny Benassi

Who: Sound Collective is set to return to Barasti Beach this April, headlined by Grammy winner Benny Benassi. The DJ has enjoyed more than 15 years of success in the EDM music industry after he rose to fame off the back of his 2002 hit, Satisfaction.
When: April 5 to 7
Where: Barasti Beach
Price: Free

Various K-Pop stars

Who: This April, Dubai is playing host to a massive K-Pop concert called SMTOWN LIVE. There will be a whopping 35 artists in total performing, including some of Korea’s biggest stars – such as EXO, BoA, Kangta, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, Red Velvet, TRAX, and Henry.
When: Friday, April 6
Where: Autism Rocks Arena
Price: From Dhs375

Biffy Clyro

Who: Iconic Scottish rock band Biffy Clyro are set to perform in Dubai for the first time ever. The alternative rock band, who first formed in 1995, have been producing music for the last 23 years, as well as performing around the world at top festivals.
When: Wednesday, April 18
Where: Hard Rock Cafe Dubai
Price: From Dhs300


Who: As part of their 20-year celebration, iconic 90s pop band Steps are bringing their anniversary tour to Dubai Opera. The British five-piece will perform a single-date gig on April 27, with the venue transforming into a flat-floor gig space for the occasion.
When: Friday, April 27
Where: Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
From Dhs275

Backstreet Boys

Who: Backstreet Boys have been confirmed as the headline act for Blended music festival in April. It’s the first time the famed 90s boyband are performing in Dubai since their December 2009 performance at The Paladium.
When: Friday, April 20
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From Dhs350

Melanie C

Who: Mel C, aka Sporty Spice and one fifth of the biggest 90s girlband on the planet, will also be heading to Dubai in April. The Spice Girls star is the second of two iconic 90s acts announced for Blended Music festival.
When: Friday, April 20
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From Dhs350


Who: Welsh rockers Stereophonics are returning to Dubai this year for their world tour. The four-piece, best known for hits like Dakota, Maybe Tomorrow, and Have A Nice Day, was last in town for What’s On Party in the Park in 2015.
When: Friday, May 11
Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Price: From Dhs299

Plus, 3 stars we’d love to see…

Taylor Swift

She’s arguably one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, and we’d love to see a Dubai date for her fifth world tour this year. The country singer turned pop megastar has just released Reputation (the American singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album) which went straight to number one around the globe and sold more than two million copies worldwide. We’d love to see her catchy hits performed at one of Dubai’s venues this year.

Sam Smith

He released music again in 2017 after spending two years working on his second studio album, The Thrill of It All, and we’d love to see British singer songwriter Sam Smith come to Dubai to perform it live. Rising to fame as the vocalist on Disclosure’s Latch in 2012, Sam Smith went on to see his 2014 debut album, In The Lonely Hour win him four Grammy’s and five top ten singles in the UK chart. His soulful sound and heartfelt hits have seen him become one of pop’s most recognised voices of the moment.

The Foo Fighters

This isn’t the first time we’ve wished for The Foo Fighters to come to the city. In fact, we had them in our predictions for the 2017 artists performing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. And although they didn’t deliver a UAE performance in 2017, we’ve still got our hopes set for 2018. Arguably the biggest rock band on the planet, they rose from the ashes of the 90s grunge scene to transform into the kind of act that packs out stadiums and headlines festivals the world over.

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