From Momoland to George Ezra: UAE concerts to look forward to in 2019

Music lovers are spoiled for choice when it comes to concerts in the new year

BERKELEY, CA - MARCH 28:  Musician Jake Bugg performs during his solo acoustic tour at UC Theatre on March 28, 2018 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
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We're in the middle of the UAE's refreshing, and event-packed, winter as we move into 2019, and so the first half of the new year is set to be jam-packed with concerts. There will be everything from hip-hop and jazz to Russian and Korean pop.

Here are the tickets to book now for next year:

Russian Music Festival

The Russian Music Festival will feature 14 concerts spread over eight days. It will cover various genres, ranging from a regal opera performance at Emirates Palace by famed tenor Oleg ­Gazmanov to a hip-hop club gig at Mad on Yas Island featuring Egor Kreed and Artik & Asti.

When: December 31 to January 8

Where: Various Abu Dhabi venues

Details: Tickets from Dh175 at


The nine-piece K-Pop girl group's UAE performance will be their debut gig in the Middle East. Expect a big stage show full of colour and catchy melodies.

When: January 4

Where: Dubai Tennis Stadium

Details: Tickets from Dh200 at

Redfest DXB

The pop festival returns for another weekend, with Camila Cabello leading a bill of radio-friendly favourites including rappers G-Eazy and Macklemore, soul singer Jess Glynne and decksmiths DJ Snake and Jax Jones.

When: February 14 and 15

Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

Details: Tickets cost from Dh395 at

Dubai Jazz Festival

The line-up this year includes R'n'B singer Alicia Keys, funk group Jamiroquai and indie band Snow Patrol.  

When: February 20-22

Where: Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

Details: Tickets from Dh350 at

George Ezra

The distinctively voiced Budapest singer will bring the global hit to Dubai for his first performance in the region. He made his name with that hit in 2016, which he followed up with Shotgun. He'll be performing songs from his latest album, Staying at ­Tamara's, and more.

When: January 22

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre

Details: Tickets from Dh295 at

The Valkyrie by Bayreuth Festival

This celebration of Richard Wagner's seminal opera, The Valkyrie, by Bayreuth Festival will be a family affair, with the lavish production directed by Katharina Wagner, the composer's great-granddaughter. With tickets to Bayreuth Festival productions in Germany notoriously hard to get – there is annual demand from more than 500,000 people for the 60,000 tickets available – the chance to see them perform in the capital is one you shouldn't miss.

When: January 30 and February 1

Where: Emirates Palace Auditorium

Details: Tickets from Dh200 at

Underworld at Groove on the Grass

The British band shot to fame when their track Born Slippy (Nuxx) featured in the film Trainspotting. Despite their decades on the road, the group remain an electrifying live act.

When: February 8

Where: Emirates Golf Club, Dubai

Details: Tickets cost from Dh295 at

Jake Bugg

A singer with a love of old-school folk, Jake Bugg's acoustic songs have earned him plaudits including being called "the new Bob Dylan." His 2012 self-titled debut album topped the UK charts. He comes to Dubai on the back of a world tour promoting his latest record, Hearts That Strain.

When: February 7

Where: Dubai Opera

Details: Tickets cost from Dh195 at

Abu Dhabi Festival 2019

The 16th annual event features an expansive programme of concerts, ranging from the orchestral to the jazzy. Highlights include Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel's staging of Puccini's Tosca on March 15.

When: March 7 to 30

Where: various Abu Dhabi venues



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