Two of the UK’s biggest dance music groups, Rudimental and Disclosure, will play a new mini-festival in Dubai.
Both acts will co-headline the gig at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Friday, April 29. More acts are set be announced for the event, likely to be the last concert at the venue before summer.
While sonically poles apart, Rudimental and Disclosure both struck gold, in the halcyon summer of 2013, with the same formula of working radio-friendly hooks and timely vocal collaborations into their respective genre starting points: drum n’ bass (Rudimental) and deep house (Disclosure).
It’s a trick which resuscitated – but in a purist’s eyes watered down – two sacred styles. But the proof is in the sounds – and the record sales.
Rudimental's debut Home sold more than 300,000 copies in the UK alone, bagged a Mercury nomination, sparked eight singles and scored No 1 smashes Feel the Love and Waiting All Night, helping launch the careers of John Newman, Ella Eyre and Emeli Sandé in the process.
Released just a month later, Disclosure's debut Settle also clocked UK sales of 300,000, earned nods at the Brits and Grammys, spawned six singles including anthem Latch, and shone the spotlight on Sam Smith, Jessie Ware, London Grammar and Eliza Doolittle.
More importantly, both albums were dynamite, packed with party-starting anthems and a fresh approach that reinvigorated the UK scene in the throes of a faceless EDM invasion. While respective follow-ups have repeated the trick with inevitably diminishing returns – Rudimental's We the Generation and Disclosure's Caracal, both 2015 – they remain a guaranteed top live draw, with more floor-fillers than you can shake a stick at.
We can say this with authority about Rudimental, who brought an incendiary 10-piece band over for two Sandance gigs, in 2013 and 2014, among the most reliably mental the defunct beach festival witnessed. Disclosure, however, will be making their UAE debut; the duo will be serving up a straight DJ set. The blurb tells us neither act has ever shared the same stage before, either.
As well as beats, we’re promised ever-trendy food trucks, pop-up stores and kids’ activities at an event which hopes to combine “the grit of Glastonbury with the creativity of Coachella”. You can’t fault ambition.
• Rudimental and Disclosure are live at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Friday April 29, 4pm-1am. Tickets, from Dh399, will be on sale from March 20. Register at www.lovemusicyourway.com for an early bird discount code