Two titans of dance will play separate gigs in Dubai this New Year’s Eve, so who should you go see? May the best beats win…

On one side of the desert stands David Guetta: the multimillion selling French DJ and friend to the stars behind tracks like Without You, Where Them Girls At and When Love Takes Over. On the other is Martin Garrix, the 19-year-old Dutch prodigy and Animals hitmaker recently named the world’s best electronic artist by MTV.

Who do you want to hear?

This will be the dilemma facing Dubai’s dance music fans on December 31, as two of the most famous DJs in the world touch down in the city to ring in 2016 with huge gigs; Guetta at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, and Garrix at Meydan Racecourse. To help you decide, we’ve pulled together their vital stats to see how the two men measure up.




Age: 48

Born: Paris, France

First hit: Just A Little More Love, 2001

Biggest smash:  Titanium 

Known for: His genre-hopping collaborations. Guetta has joined forces with everyone from publicity-shy singer-songwriter Sia to larger than life rapper Nicki Minaj to make records.

Sales: More than nine million albums and 30 million singles sold.

Social status: 18.8 million followers on Twitter.

Win: His hit When Love Takes Over, which featured the voice of Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland, was named the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time by Billboard this year.

Fail: Guetta holds the dubious honour of the number one spot on the 2015 Bottom 100 DJs list, a spoof of DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll.

Trophy cabinet: Guetta has two Grammys, an MTV Europe Music Award and a Billboard Music Award for top EDM artist in his collection.

Ultimate quote: “I’m not the type of person to live in fear. I think positively.”

Famous fan: from the Black Eyed Peas tapped up Guetta after hearing Love Is Gone.

December 31

Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 8pm, from Dhs495. Tel: (056) 8081145. Metro: Nakheel.



Age: 19

Born: Amstelveen, Netherlands

First hit: Animals, 2013

Biggest smash: Animals

Known for: Treating his fans. Garrix recently dropped a new single, Poison, online as a surprise free download. He also uses multiple aliases.

Sales: His breakthrough track Animals has been certified platinum.

Social status: 2.35 million Twitter followers.

Win: At 17 he became the youngest person ever to hit number one on Beatport, the online electronic music store.

Fail: The only way is up for Garrix thus far…

Trophy cabinet: He was named Best Electronic Act at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.

Ultimate quote: “I want to show everyone that if you pursue your dreams, they can come true no matter what.”

Famous fan: Garrix has been spotted partying with Justin Bieber in Amsterdam.

December 31

Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 6pm, from Dhs299. Tel: (04) 4573212. Taxi: Meydan Racecourse.

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