Desert Groove: line-up revealed for new Groove on the Grass event

This year's event will be headlined by experimental pop trio WhoMadeWho, house music DJ Behrouz, German Syrian band Shkoon and Dutch DJ Unders

Bonobo performed at Groove on the Grass in 2018. Photo: Groove on the Grass
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Dubai dance festival Groove on the Grass is set to return next month, however, the event will be taking on a different form. Now called Desert Groove, the festival will instead take place at The Dunes resort in Ras Al Khaimah, moving from its previous location of Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.

Set to run for three days, from February 11 to 13, the festival will have two stages with 12 hours of music being performed from 4pm to 4am. No information on acts or tickets has yet been released.

Those looking to make a weekend of it can book a stay at The Dunes, located in the desert of Ras Al Khaimah. The resort offers a range of glamping and camping options, from huts to treehouses and domes, while festival-goers can also enjoy a selection of food trucks and explore the fashion marketplace.

Here's a look at who is performing at this year's Desert Groove. The event is headlined by international artists such as Copenhagen experimental pop trio WhoMadeWho, house music DJ Behrouz; German Syrian band Shkoon and Dutch DJ Unders.

Local acts include Paul Joseph, Somalie, Adam Rahman, Barada, Cataree, Gypsyfunk, Amir Sharara, Jixo & Danz, Josephine De Retour, Maks, Omar Fayyad, Dante, Tarik Omar and more.

A green status on Al Hosn app must be shown for the event.

Last year's Groove on the Grass took place as an online event with DJs streaming 90-minute sets. The event was in-person in 2020, with Frankey & Sandrino, Satori, Marvin & Guy and DJ Sama’ headlining.

Other acts to perform in the past include Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou’ Leila, British drum and bass band Rudimental, and electronic fusion artist Bonobo.

Updated: January 22, 2022, 10:00 AM