The Coca-Cola Arena is officially here. We toured the impressive 17,000-capasity music, sport and entertainment space last week and were promised news of exciting new acts very soon.
Russell Peters and Maroon 5 have already been confirmed for the bill on June 6 and 14, respectively, with Maroon 5 fitting their Dubai date in between a show in Paris on June 11 and the Netherlands on August 31.
The advantage of such a huge indoor arena open up in the UAE is the country’s new position on the arena tour map, something we weren’t 100 per cent part of, previously.
So, we decided to dig a little deeper, and check out some international musical acts’ touring schedules, both festival and arena, to see if a stop in the UAE could slot in between their European, Asian and Southern Hemisphere dates.
This is entirely speculative and by no means comprehensive, but hoping that the Coca-Cola Arena really does open with a bang, here’s what we uncovered:
When? Between June 19 and August 8, or September 22 and October 27
The British/American Dreams, Landslide and Everywhere singers are wrapping their European tour at London's Wembley Stadium on June 18. They then have around a six-week break before heading south, to kick of their Australasian tour in Perth on August 9.
This week it was announced that they would reschedule North American tour dates, which they had to cancel this April as Stevie Nicks recovered from flu. They kick the rescheduled dates off in Boston on October 28, wrapping up in the Canadian city of Edmonton on November 12.
When? Between August 24 and January 24
Throughout summer 2019, Queen, with new front man Adam Lambert, will be touring North America, wrapping up in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 23. They then have a few months off before their 2020 series of tours kicks off in Japan on January 25, before continuing south to New Zealand and Australia in February.
We have heard whispers that a December 2019 stop in Dubai could be on the cards.
When? After October 13
The Thank u, Next singer is touring North America and Europe all summer. As it stands, her final date is in Zurich's Hallenstadion on October 13; no Southern Hemisphere dates have been announced by the singer, but her touring schedule at least looks free from mid-October.
When? Best guess is between August 17 and 22
The Cure are on the road and hitting the festival circuit hard this year. Their next dates are in Australia performing at the Sydney Opera House from May 24 to 28, before they travel north to perform at Ireland’s Malahide Castle on June 8. They then have a run of festivals, from Pinkpop in the Netherlands on June 9 to Paleo Arts et Spectacles in Switzerland on July 25. Not wasting any time, they then cross the planet to play Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, which kicks off on July 26.
The Just Like Heaven singers then travel west to play in Russia, Norway, Sweden and Finland back to back from August 3 to 11.
However, between their Glasgow Summer Sessions show in Scotland on August 16 and their Rock En Seine show in France on August 23, they have no gigs announced.
They have, however, got tiny gaps between shows across the planet, so this is an almost impossible band to make an educated guess on!
When? Between July 29 and August 15
Rapper A$AP Rocky is currently preparing for his Australian tour and a summer festival run, which will last from April 26 until May 11. On May 18 he is playing Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, before heading to Europe on June 26 to perform in Paris.
There are two- or three-day gaps between his European dates throughout July and August, but the biggest gap is between his final Tomorrowland Festival date in Belgium on July 28 and his Blockfest appearance in Finland on August 16. His final public tour date is currently scheduled for August 18.
When? Between July 19 and 25
Electro duo The Chemical Brothers are wrapping their European festival tour on July 18 in Germany, before flying to Japan for Fuji Rock Festival on July 26. After one night in Canada on August 3, they are back in Europe for the rest of the month, wrapping up for the summer on August 24 at the UK’s Creamfields. They also have a UK arena tour scheduled for November 2019.
When? Between September 17 and November 15
Kiss are currently touring their End of the Road World Tour. This summer will see them play a number of European dates, wrapping up in Scotland on July 16. They then head stateside to perform across the UAE and Canada throughout August and September. Perhaps before they head south to Perth, Australia for November 16, a UAE date could happen?
This is a long shot - though I am very aware that plenty of the other bands I have listed here are long shots, too. But fresh success Lewis Capaldi's debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent hasn't even been released yet, and the Scottish singer has already announced an arena tour, which is taking him between the US and European cities from May 4 until March 2020, so perhaps the Coca-Cola Arena will be a stop.
Note: This is entirely based on international touring schedules, we haven’t counted acts like John Mayer, Paul McCartney, Elton John the Spice Girls or Anderson Paak, who are just touring one country or area.