30 concerts and events coming to Dubai, from The Script to Hardwell

Music fans, theatregoers, families and everyone in between has plenty to look forward to this year

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Music, dance and opera will feature on the Dubai events calendar over the coming months.

In addition to performances by Justin Bieber and Lewis Capaldi, we shall see rock band The Script, hip-hop star 50 Cent, Scottish rock group Travis and the spectacular pianist Peter Bence.

Popular music and cultural festival Sole DXB will be back, in addition to the new season of Global Village.

Here, The National rounds up 30 of the best events to look forward to:

1. Ayanna Joni at Q's Bar and Lounge until October 30

The New York soul singer is the latest residency act at the stunning jazz club, located within the Palazzo Versace hotel.

A seasoned performer in the US, Joni made an impression as a contestant on the 2018 season of television talent quest The Voice.

She passed the first round after impressing with her rendition of Sorry, Not Sorry by Demi Lovato.

From 8pm to 12am Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 9am to 1am on Friday and Saturday; Dh250 minimum spend on Wednesday and Thursday and Dh350 from Friday to Sunday; www.palazzoversace.ae

2. Pinoy Piyesta: September 2 at Coca-Cola Arena

Fans of Pinoy-pop should savour this epic event featuring six separate performances by some of the genre's leading names.

Known as the Prince of Pop, Erik Santos made a splash after winning the TV television talent show Search for the Star in a Million season one in 2003.

Since then, he has released more than a dozen albums as well as currently starring in television dramas including Maalaala Mo Kaya.

Also performing on the night are KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, K Brosas, Morissette and Ethel Boba.

Showtime 9pm; tickets from D150; www.coca-cola-arena.com

3. Jo Koy — Funny is Funny: September 3 at Coca-Cola Arena

The American-Filipino comedian Jo Koy returns to the UAE after his Dubai show was cancelled after the death of Sheikh Khalifa. He was also forced to cancel a show in December last year.

He'll appear at Coca-Cola Arena this month, performing as part of his Funny is Funny tour, Koy is known for his impersonations and stand-up, as well as references to Filipino culture, thanks to his mum.

Showtime is 9pm; tickets from D180; www.coca-cola-arena.com

4. 'Romeo & Juliet': September 9 to 11 at Dubai Opera

William Shakespeare and dance enthusiasts across the UAE will be pleased to hear the ballet Romeo & Juliet will be performed in Dubai by the State Ballet of Georgia.

During the performance, which was created by the late Russian choreographer Sergei Prokofiev, fans can expect sumptuous sets and the kind of techniques the Georgian company is renowned for in classical dance circles.

Showtime is 8pm, with an additional 2pm matinee show on September 10 and 11; tickets from D325; www.dubaiopera.com

5. Sonu Nigam: September 10 at Coca-Cola Arena

It'll be an exciting show featuring the sights, sounds and choreography for which Bollywood is known. Expect Nigam to play hits including Saathiya, Deewana Tera and Tumse Milke Dil Ka.

Doors open at 7pm; tickets from D95; www.coca-cola-arena.com

6. ‘La Traviata’: September 13 to 14 at Dubai Opera

The much-loved 19th century opera by Giuseppe Verdi is based on the 1848 novel La Dame aux Camelias (also known in English as Camille) by Alexandre Dumas, which was turned into a play in 1852.

A tragic love story between the courtesan Violetta Valery and the heroic Alfredo Germont, the work shines a caustic light on hypocrisy of the noble class and features some of the most romantic arias of the opera canon.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from Dh325; www.dubaiopera.com

7. Ghostly Kisses: September 17 at Dubai Opera

French-Canadian singer-songwriter Margaux Sauve, whose musical project is called Ghostly Kisses, brings her sensitive and elegiac sounds to the city.

Suave comes to the UAE to perform songs from debut album Heaven, Wait, released in January.

Her song Empty Note has been featured in the apocalyptic Netflix drama series The Rain.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from D175; www.dubaiopera.com

8. 50 Cent: September 30 at Coca-Cola Arena

After selling out arenas across Europe, the US rapper brings his greatest hits tour to Dubai.

As part of his Green Light Gang World Tour, 50 Cent is expected to perform hits including In Da Club, Candy Shop and 21 Questions.

Supporting him throughout the show will be long-time collaborator and G-Unit member Tony Yayo and rapper Uncle Murda.

Showtime 8pm; tickets from D225; www.coca-cola-arena.com

9. Terra Solis by Tomorrowland: launching September

Poolside vibes await at Terra Solis in Dubai. Photo: Tomorrowland

One of the world's biggest dance festivals is opening a new desert destination in Dubai.

Belgian electronic dance festival Tomorrowland is launching Terra Solis, a festival-inspired escape opening in September. It will bring poolside beats, day-to-night parties and special events to the emirate.

Open to adults only, the new getaway will be held on a site spanning 37 hectares at Dubai Heritage Vision on Lehbab road, less than half an hour's drive from Burj Khalifa.

DJs to perform at the opening weekend will be announced soon.

More information is available at www.terrasolisdubai.com

10. Jazz Classics: October 1 at Dubai Opera

The venue's in-house ensemble will belt out classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Nat King Cole. The group features 20 musicians residing in the UAE and the GCC, who are led by musical director Andrew Berryman.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from Dh150; www.dubaiopera.com

11. The Script: October 5 at Bla Bla Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Residence

The Irish rockers will take the stage for a performance promoters describe as “up close and personal”.

Expect to hear some of the group's most well-known songs such as the hits Breakeven, The Man Who Can't Be Moved and Hall of Fame.

The news should be well-received for UAE fans, especially since the band's previous Dubai concert was an invite-only event as part of the Dubai Airshow Gala Dinner at Atlantis, The Palm in November 2021.

Showtime is 10pm; tickets from Dh250 at ticketmaster.ae

12. ‘Footloose: The Musical’: October 5 to 8 at Dubai Opera

Based on the 1984 hit film starring Kevin Bacon, the musical adaptation of Footloose comes to Dubai after a successful run in the West End, London.

The story of a former urban dweller's attempt to change the cultural narrow-mindedness of his new small town, the musical features hits from the 1980s including the title track, Hero and Let's Hear It for the Boy.

Showtime is 8pm, with an additional 2pm matinee show on October; tickets from D275; www.dubaiopera.com

13. Justin Bieber: October 8 and 9 at Coca-Cola Arena

The Canadian pop star will return for two shows as part of his blockbuster 20-month Justice World Tour.

Named after his sixth album, which was released in the past year, the concert will feature hits performed in what promoter Thomas Ovesen describes as Bieber’s “most elaborate" stage production yet.

Doors open at 7.30pm; remaining tickets start from Dh1,299; www.coca-cola-arena.com

14. Coke Studio Live: October 14 at Coca-Cola Arena

Expect interesting collaborations when Coke Studio Live hosts a one-off concert in Dubai.

The popular online music series, launched in 2008, has been a springboard for both up-and-coming singers and established artists for more than 14 seasons.

To date, the Coke Studio sessions have had more than four billion views online, with more than 12.7 million subscribers on YouTube.

Showtime 10pm; tickets from D175; www.coca-cola-arena.com

15. Iyad Rimawi: October 15 at Dubai Opera

The Syrian singer is well respected on stage and screen.

A prolific artist, he composed the music for dozens of Arabic dramas including the 2020's Syrian series Souq Al Harir and the hit 2015 Ramadan drama Cello from Lebanon.

Rimawi's solo work has a decidedly more local flavour with 2016's Silence in Syria and 2018 follow-up Damascus Now well received within the region.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from D195; www.dubaiopera.com

16. Travis: The Invisible Band in Concert: October 17 at Dubai Opera

Scottish band Travis will be turning back the years by performing their third album The Invisible Band in its entirety.

The 2001 release features some of their biggest tracks, including Sing, Side and Flowers in the Window, and topped the UK and Irish charts.

In addition to the material from the album, Travis will also perform hits from previous records, so expect to hear crowd favourites Turn, Driftwood and Why Does it Always Rain on Me?.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from D240; www.dubaiopera.com

17. George Ezra: October 21 at Coca-Cola Arena

The Brit Award-winning English singer-songwriter will take to the stage with a catalogue of hits, including Blame It on Me, Budapest and Cassy O'.

Ezra will also showcase tracks from new album, Gold Rush Kid, including singles Anything For You and Green Green Grass.

Showtime 8.30pm; tickets from D225; www.coca-cola-arena.com

18. Global Village: October to April at Global Village

A violinist performs at the entrance of Global Village. Photo: Chris Whiteoak / The National

The beloved annual Dubai event will reopen with arts, culture and music from around the world.

Exact opening dates will be announced soon, as well as some of the artists and new venue additions as part of the new season.

Music acts performing at Global Village over the years have included Liam Payne, Atif Aslam and Anne-Marie.

More information is available at www.globalvillage.ae

19. ‘Riverdance — 25th Anniversary Show’: October 27 to 30 at Dubai Opera

Riverdance is renowned for its performers' enthusiastic interpretation of traditional Irish music and folk dances. Photo: Expo 2020 Dubai

After entertaining thousands each night during their month-long residency at Expo 2020 Dubai, the Irish troupe will return to the emirate with shows at Dubai Opera.

The group are renowned for their enthusiastic interpretation of traditional Irish music and folk dances, and will incorporate Middle Eastern influences into the Dubai show.

Showtime is 8pm, with an additional 2pm matinee show on October 29 and 30; tickets from Dh325; www.dubaiopera.com

20. Hardwell: November 4 at Coca-Cola Arena

The Dutch DJ will present tracks from his new album, Rebels Never Die, to UAE fans. Backed by large productions and innovative light design, Hardwell aims to create a concert experience as immersive as the album.

Showtime is 8pm; tickets from D175; www.coca-cola-arena.com

21. Peter Bence: November 11 at Dubai Opera

As the former Guinness World Record holder for fastest piano player, the British musician's concerts are always a full-throttle affair — and his Dubai show should be no different.

A classical pianist and film composer, Bence aims to show the versatility and depth of the piano.

For a preview, check out his 2020 album The Awesome Piano which cracked the top 20 of the Billboard Global charts.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from Dh190; www.dubaiopera.com

22. Enrico Macias: November 12 at Dubai Opera

After back-to-back sold-out shows last year, French crooner Enrico Macias returns to Dubai to perform his multilingual songs spanning six decades.

Named "the singer of peace" by former UN secretary general Kurt Waldheim, Macias is known for hits Adieu Mon Pays, Les Filles de Mon Pays and Entre l'Orient et l'Occident.

His catalogue spans crowd favourites in English, Italian, Turkish, Greek and Armenian.

Showtime at 8pm; tickets from Dh295; www.dubaiopera.com

23. OneRepublic: November 12, venue to be announced soon

Promoters Live Nation Middle East only announced a string of regional dates for the US pop-rock band, including a November 10 show in Riyadh and Dubai show two days later.

Led by Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic are best known for the hits Apologise, Counting Stars and Stare.

With the band regular performers in Dubai, you can also expect Tedder to pay a visit to his favourite UAE eating spot Ravi's.

Venue and ticketing information will be revealed soon.

24. Dresden Opera Ballet: November 15 at Dubai Opera

The lavish gala event returns to Dubai Opera with another distinguished line-up of opera stars.

Spain's Placido Domingo leads an impressive bill, which includes Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka and The European Peace Chamber Orchestra Dresden. Dress to impress as the event will feature a red carpet, VIP reception, main performances and a gala dinner.

Doors open at 6pm; tickets from Dh975; www.dubaiopera.com

25. 2Cellos: November 19 at Coca-Cola Arena

It's better late than never when it comes to 2Cellos.

The Croatian cellist duo will bring their farewell tour to Dubai and perform music from their six eclectic albums.

2Cellos's energetic takes on rock and pop classics such as AC/DC's Highway to Hell, Coldplay's Clocks and Muse's Supermassive Black Hole earned them a cult following, billions of streams and led to them being invited by Elton John as a special guest during his 2014 world tour.

With members going their separate ways at the end of this run of shows, this could be the last chance for regional audiences to see one of the most innovative classical crossover groups to emerge in the last 10 years.

Showtime 9pm; tickets from D225; www.coca-cola-arena.com

26. Calum Scott: November 19 at Hard Rock Cafe

UK singer-songwriter Calum Scott, of Britain's Got Talent fame, will be returning to Dubai this November with his new album Bridges.

Only guests aged 21 and above can attend.

Tickets are on sale from Dh299 and doors will open at 7pm for the event to start at 8pm.

More information is available at www.ticketmasteruae.ae

27. Lewis Capaldi: November 24 at Coca-Cola Arena

Scottish crooner Lewis Capaldi is making his UAE return with a concert at the Coca-Cola Arena on November 24. After performances in Sharjah in January 2020 and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix's Yasalam After-Race Concert in December 2021, this marks his first Dubai gig.

Known for his big ballads, including Someone You Loved and Before You Go, expect the big-personality singer to break up the touching songs with his trademark comedy anecdotes.

Tickets are on sale now; admission is open to all ages, except for the golden circle, which is reserved for ages 21 and over.

From 8.30pm; tickets from Dh199; www.coca-cola-arena.com

28. 'The Magic of Rob Lake': November 25 to 27 at Dubai Opera

The American illusionist already achieved the pinnacle of his craft by winning The Merlin Award in 2008 for International Stage Magician of the Year.

In addition to touring the word and starring in television specials, Lake has lent his expertise for mind-bending tricks and set pieces to a numerous Broadway productions, including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Showtime is 8pm, tickets from Dh250; www.dubaiopera.com

29. Sole DXB: December 9 to 11 at Dubai Design District

The much-loved street culture and music festival will return after a two-year hiatus.

First held in 2011, the annual event has since grown to be one of the UAE's top festivals.

It now features a multi-format programme, ranging from talks and workshops to footwear exchanges, film screenings and musical concerts.

Previous artists to headline Sole DXB include Wu-Tang Clan and Black Star.

More information is available at www.sole.digital

30. Dubai Shopping Festival: December 15 to January 29, across various venues

Dubai Shopping Festival features plenty of concerts by regional pop stars. Photo: Ruel Pableo / The National

Expect plenty of concerts, shopping deals and family entertainment as part of the six-week festival.

With more details to be announced later in the year, you need only to look back at last year's event to know what's in store.

Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi and Egyptian artist Mohamed Hamaki performed at Burj Park, nightly drone shows were held at Bluewaters Island and Ain Dubai, while pop-up markets took place across locations including Al Seef, Rigga, Al Khawaneej and Global Village.

More information is available at www.visitdubai.com

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Updated: September 01, 2022, 3:58 AM