What’s On predicts: Who will perform in Dubai in 2019?


Who do you think will head to the region next year?

2018 was a big year in music across the UAE. From K-Pop concerts at the 117 Live Arena and Backstreet Boys and Stereophonics both performing sellout gigs at Media City, to the stellar F1 after race concerts in Abu Dhabi, we’ve seen some top gigs put on this year.

And we’re pretty confident 2019 will be no different. Already confirmed is popstar George Ezra, who’ll take to the stage in January, and two of the three Dubai Jazz Festival stars Jamiroquai and Snow Patrol will both perform in February.

But who else is on their way to the city? What’s On makes some (hopeful) predictions…

Laura Coughlin, Head of Content: Lady Gaga

More wish-list than prediction, Lady G might be too busy now that she’s a fully-fledge A-list actress and all, but after watching A Star is Born, I have a new-found appreciation for the Poker Face star. What I would give to see her sing Shallow live…

Siobhan Downes, Digital Editor: Taylor Swift

As a die-hard Swiftie, I was heartbroken to learn that this year’s final F1 clue was referring to rapper Post Malone, and not my idol (“Real Swift”… come on, people). But I remain hopeful that 2019 will be the year Tay-Tay finally graces us with her presence. She’s just finished up her Reputation world tour, and has already hinted that she is working on her seventh album. What better place to debut her new tunes than at the brand new Dubai Arena?

ALSO READ: British singer-songwriter George Ezra is coming to Dubai

Alice Holtham, Nightlife Editor: Shawn Mendes

Performing at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, releasing a number one album, winning the Billboard Artist of the Year award, it’s been a big year for Shawn Mendes. The 22-year-old popstar has a big tour planned across Europe, USA and Australia next year, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him add a Dubai date or two somewhere in between.

Aarti Saundalkar, Editorial Assistant: Adele

After accidentally stumbling upon a YouTube video of Adele performing live at the Royal Albert Hall, attending one of her concerts has become a massive dream. I can pretty much relate to most of her top hits and you can be sure I will be there front row belting my heart out if she does make an appearance. Hopefully it will be at Dubai Opera…

Dominic Clerici, Marketing Manager: Michael Buble

After a hiatus from music, Michael Buble has just released a new album, Love, and he hasn’t performed in Dubai since 2015, so he’s due a trip to the Emirate. The music icon that appeals to the masses is my top favourite to hit the stage in the city in 2019.

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