Upcoming Music Festivals to Look Forward to in the UAE
Calling all music enthusiasts! The year 2023 is poised to be a celebration of live music in the UAE, with an array of exhilarating events waiting to be experienced. Amidst the vibrant concert lineup, an array of music festivals is set to grace the region over the coming months, offering unforgettable experiences that will resonate with music lovers and festival-goers alike.
As the sand replaces the mud, the UAE stands as a prime host for some of the most exhilarating music festivals. Mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in a sea of melodies and rhythms, as these music extravaganzas unfold:
- Ibiza Beach Festival Dubai: Set against the backdrop of Soul Beach, the Ibiza Beach Festival Dubai returns on September 30th. Featuring tech house maestro Mochakk as the headliner, this day-to-night festival promises an electrifying experience complete with pyrotechnics and captivating beats.
- Defected Dubai: House music enthusiasts, rejoice! Defected Records presents a three-day house music festival in October, featuring an impressive lineup including Dunmore Brothers, Groove Armada, Hannah Wants, Roger Sanchez, and more.
- The Boys are Back in Town: October brings a blast from the past as ‘90s boybands Blue, Five, and Boyzlife take the stage at The Irish Village in Garhoud.
- LOADED Music Festival: The Irish Village hosts a nostalgic night on November 4th, featuring iconic ‘90s bands Dodgy, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Stereo MC, and Toploader. DJ Andy Buchan adds to the vibe.
- Butterfly Carnival Music Festival: On November 11th, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre comes alive with the Butterfly Carnival Music Festival. From techno to Afrobeats, the festival spans diverse genres and includes names like B018 DXB, House of Yanos, and Rampage.
- Groove on the Grass: Groove on the Grass makes its triumphant return on November 11th, bringing an exciting mix of location and music acts that remains shrouded in mystery.
- Cele Retro Fest Dubai: Dive into nostalgia with Cele Retro Fest Dubai on November 25th at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Featuring a lineup from the ‘90s to early noughties, this international mix includes artists like Nana Darkman, Ice MC, and more.
- The Ibiza Orchestra Experience: On December 16th, The Ibiza Orchestra Experience hits the beach for a spectacular event. This touring 26-piece orchestra will deliver classic Ibiza anthems, accompanied by live performers and a DJ.
- UNTOLD Dubai: In February 2024, UNTOLD Dubai will transform Expo City into an immersive and groundbreaking musical experience. Expect an incredible lineup of international live acts and DJs that promises to redefine entertainment.
- REWIND Festival: In March 2024, Bla Bla’s REWIND Festival welcomes '80s icons like Bananarama, ABC, and Midge Ure, guaranteeing a retro music celebration that will captivate audiences.
From dance beats to nostalgia-filled melodies, the UAE's music festival scene is ready to captivate your senses and create lasting memories. Stay tuned for ticket releases and updates as these festivals draw closer.