Local lineup to support Stereophonics in Dubai

Stereophonics performing in Newcastle. (Shutterstock)
Updated 08 May 2018
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Local lineup to support Stereophonics in Dubai

  • English singer-songwriter Abbo will be playing, as will popular Irish entertainer Paddy Man

DUBAI: A host of local artists will get the chance to impress a crowd of thousands at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on Friday, May 11, as they perform ahead of one of the world’s most popular bands, Welsh rockers Stereophonics. 

English singer-songwriter Abbo, whose GoPlayTheWorld open-mic nights sparked a boom in the UAE’s original-music scene, will be playing, as will popular Irish entertainer Paddy Man, who blends music and comedy in his act. Six-piece jazz-folk act Jaye & Foe — winners of the 2016 Jack Daniels Music Scout Dubai Award — are also on the bill, alongside up-and-coming singer-songwriter and talented guitarist Aman Sheriff. 

Rounding out the local lineup, young trio Vandalye will bring their blend of atmospheric folk-y rock to the stage on one of the biggest nights of the year for the UAE’s independent scene.


‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

Updated 22 March 2019
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‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

  • The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland
  • Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon

DAMMAM: American superstar rapper Pitbull apologized to Saudi fans for his rescheduled performance at Asharqiah Music Festival on Thursday with a video message on Friday morning, promising them that he would make it up to them on Friday afternoon.

The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland, causing him to miss his previously scheduled concert on Thursday night as part of the Sharqiah Season music festival.

In a video posted on Twitter, Pitbull held a hand over his heart as he explained the situation to fans. “I just wanna say, first of all, we apologize to Saudi Arabia. We got in a little jam here in Iceland, but Saudi Arabia, get ready, 'cause we’re coming to perform today at 4 p.m., special performance at Dammam. So make sure you keep your tickets, and get ready to have a great time. With that said once again, we appreciate the love. See y’all soon!”

In his stead, DJ Tiesto performed at the concert on Thursday night, followed by the scheduled performance by Canadian DJ Deadmau5. The performance, which ended at nearly 1 a.m., saw flocks of fans congregate at Dammam’s Life Park to enjoy the music.

Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon instead, which will then be followed by the regularly scheduled performances of American rapper Akon, Moroccan-American rapper French Montana and Egyptian singer Amr Diab.

The festival also features food trucks, an entertainment area and  merchandise stalls.

The Asharqiah Music Festival is one of 83 events planned throughout the Eastern Province for the Sharqiah Season, which runs from March 14 to 30.