It's all gone a bit Pete Tong with superstar DJ added to Sandance NYE
World famous DJ Pete Tong has been added to the ever-improving bill for Sandance NYE at Atlantis The Palm.
With 25 years at the helm of dance music – many of them spent leading the way in his beloved Ibiza – Pete Tong is a music man that needs no introduction. Still spinning for BBC Radio 1 after 21 years, and with the most impressive knack for nurturing the talent behind tomorrow’s biggest tracks, this superstar has also made his mark on names including U2, James Blunt and Razorlight.
The event, which takes place on Nasimi Beach, right outside Atlantis, The Palm will be headlined by Swedish mix king Axwell, the four-time Grammy-nominated producer who spent the last five years as part of the Swedish House Mafia, alongside Sebastien Ingrosso and Steve Angello. His biggest hits include Don’t You Worry Child (featuring John Martin), Save The World and In My Mind.
The Swede was also part of the line-up at the 2010 NYE celebrations in Dubai, and has since gone on to make a name for himself as a remix-extraordinaire, churning out monster hits for Usher, Pharrel, and even Madonna.
Pop royalty Emeli Sande and DJ Paul Oakenfold are also heading to the beach.
The British-born singer will bring her soulful tunes to the sand on December 31 in what is yet another major coup for Dubai’s biggest party.
The 26-year-old, who has worked with the likes Rihanna and Cheryl Cole, as well more urban stars like Wiley, Labrinth and Professor Green, previously performed in the UAE in 2009.
Sande’s hits include ‘Next To Me’ and ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’, while her list of appearances include the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in London, as well as the White House for President Obama. She has won numerous awards, including two BRITs and two Ivor Novellos.
Perfecto Records boss Oakenfold has not released any original material for more than five years, but remains a leading figure in the genre. Since ‘Not Over’ hit the shelves in 2008, he has worked on numerous projects, including film scores collaborations with Cher and Madonna.
Last year Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora took to the stage, while Roger Sanchez, Paul Van Dyk and BBC Radio One legend Zane Lowe also performed.
As well as the live music, organisers of the event have claimed they will “light up the sky with the most spectacular fireworks display Dubai has ever seen”.
More acts for the 12-hour spectacular on December 31 will be announced imminently, though tickets are already on sale priced at Dhs395 (advance), Dhs 450
Sandance Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Taxi: Atlantis, The Palm. December 31, 3pm-3am. Dhs395 sandance.ae