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Must-see concerts in the UAE: From Boyz II Men to Take That

Whether you’re a K-popper or a teenybopper, here are the best concerts in Dubai and Abu Dhabi this year.

Live entertainment is well and truly back in the UAE with a slew of artists taking to stages across Abu Dhabi and Dubai. So, if you’re a lover of live concerts these are the all-important dates for your diaries. Curtain up – here are the best concerts in the UAE.

Zara Larsson: 18 April 2024

Zara Larsson is heading to Dubai. The Swedish pop star will take to the stage at Global Village on 18 April. From fan favourites like Lush Life and Never Forget You to hits such as Ruin My Life and Symphony, Larsson’s performance is bound to be an unforgettable experience—right in the middle of Global Village. The upcoming performance in Dubai will be Larsson’s first time in the UAE. Back in 2020, the singer was supposed to perform at the Mother of the Nation festival in Abu Dhabi; however, COVID-19 called for the cancellation of all major shows across the region.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for more information.


The Kid Laroi: 19 April 2024

Australian rapper The Kid Laroi is coming to Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena on 19 April. The Kid Laroi started off by uploading music onto SoundCloud and signed a development deal with Sony Music Australia. His singles include Addison Rae, Diva, Go, Thousand Miles, Without You, and Stay, a collaboration with Justin Bieber. Over his career, he has collaborated with Miley Cyrus and Tokyo’s Revenge. Tickets for The Kid Laroi are on sale now via Platinumlist and start from AED 195.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


Tyga: 19 April 2024

Emerging from the streets of Compton, California, Tyga is a rapper who has navigated the hip-hop industry with a winning combination of hustle and catchy hooks. His performance at Zero Gravity follows hot on the heels of his 2023 show in the Middle East for the Gamers8 concerts in Riyadh. The rapper, who was originally part of the Young Money collective alongside Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj, rose to fame on the hit single Bedrock in 2009. In 2014, he dropped his debut album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, featuring the Chris Brown-assisted single Loyal, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He has since worked with Nicki Minaj on Dip It, Lil Wayne on Faded, and released a collaborative album with Chris Brown titled Fan Of A Fan in 2015.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


90s Baby Festival: 20 April 2024

Nineties kids, we have a musical treat for you. The 90s Baby festival in Dubai brings together the biggest stars from the decade. The line-up includes Boyzlife (a mash up of Boyzone and Westlife), Five, Liberty X, N. Trance and Phats & Smalls. The event takes place at Earth Terrace Jumeirah Golf Estates, and tickets are available now. Expect to hear the tracks Flying Without Wings, Just A Little, Set You Free and Slam Dunk (Da Funk).

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for more information. 


Black Coffee: 20 April 2024

Party people of Dubai, mark your calendars because Grammy-winning DJ Black Coffee is making his triumphant return to Dubai. For the unversed, Black Coffee is no stranger to Dubai. He’s already performed twice in the city this year and has carved his name in the annals of music history, particularly for his role in kwaito — a type of South African pop music. His signature sound, a blend of jazz and traditional African beats, seamlessly merges with the essence of house music. &ME will also be joining the festivities. The house and techno DJ has released a steady stream of well-received solo releases, remixes, and collaborations. Tickets are available now via Platinumlist from AED 150.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


Central Cee: 20 April 2024

Loading complete. British rapper Central Cee is bringing his combination of drill and grime music to the UAE. The star has announced that he will be performing at SKY2.0 in Dubai Design District. Central Cee is 25 years old and has already made a name for himself in the music industry. In 2020, he released the singles Day in the Life and Loading. In 2021, his mixtape Wild West reached number two in the UK Albums Chart. Plus, his chart-topping hits include Doja and Sprinter, a collaboration with fellow UK rapper Dave. AED 500 tickets include three drinks, while bar stool tickets require a minimum spend of AED 1,000. 

GO: Visit https://skydubai.com for more information. 


Pub In The Park: 20 and 21 April 2024

You’ll be dancing in the moonlight at Pub in The Park. The music festival brings together British artists including Professor Green, Scouting for Girls, Toploader, Chesney Hawkes, Heather Small and a special guest, which is yet to be confirmed. Plus, there will also be tribute acts to ABBA, Ed Sheeran, Queen, and Oasis. Tickets to Pub in the Park in Dubai are available now and start from AED 50. 

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information. 


BRED Abu Dhabi: 25 to 27 April 2024

At BRED Abu Dhabi, visitors can expect a packed agenda of performances by regional and international Hip-Hop and R&B artists, a curated retail experience featuring designs by global streetwear brands, popular street food concepts from across the region, gaming, basketball showdowns, and immersive art displays. The lineup includes British rappers AJ Tracey and J Hus, American hip-hop stars Metro Boomin and Offset, and R&B sensations Don Toliver and Ty Dolla $ign.

GO: Visit https://bredabudhabi.com for more information.


Arijit Singh: 27 April 2024

Bollywood’s very own Arijit Singh is heading back to Dubai and is poised to deliver an electrifying show at Coca-Cola Arena this April. Known for his soul-stirring melodies, the concert promises an experience that goes beyond the ordinary. The upcoming concert will feature a specially constructed stage, a first-of-its-kind in Dubai. This innovative addition aims to provide fans with a closer, more intimate connection to the musical sensation. Expect a fresh setlist and a stunning spectacle that will redefine the concert experience in Dubai.

GO: Visit www.coca-cola-arena.com for more information.


Peggy Gou: 27 April.2024

Music and art combine as the DJ, singer, songwriter and record producer Peggy Gou has announced that she is performing at Louvre Abu Dhabi. The special show is part of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Masquerave festival and will take place on Saturday, 27 April. Her hit songs include 1+1=11, (It Goes Like) Nanana, Starry Night, and I Believe in Love Again, a collaboration with Lenny KravitzRevellers at Louvre Abu Dhabi will party while donning a mask inspired by the museum’s latest exhibition, “From Kalila Wa Dimna to La Fontaine: Travelling through Fables.” Tickets start from AED 345 and are available via Platinumlist.

GO: Visit https://abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


Boyz II Men: 28 April 2024

Dubai, we have some sweet news. The American hitmakers Boyz II Men are coming to the city. Boyz II Men’s hit songs include End of The Road, It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday, and Motownphilly. The group have collaborated with famous faces, from Jimmy Jam to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, but it was their duet with Mariah Carey that hit the big time. One Sweet Day spent sixteen weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Over their three-decade career, they have won four Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

GO: Visit www.coca-cola-arena.com for more information.


B*Witched and Eternal: 4 May 2024

Get ready for some nineties nostalgia. The British girl groups B*Witched and Eternal are coming to Dubai. The groups will perform at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium as part of The Irish Village Garhoud’s Back to the 90s events on 4 May. B*Witched hail from Dublin, Ireland, and were famous for their bubble gum pop songs. Dressed in double denim, the group Irish danced their way to the top of the charts with the hits C’est La Vie, Jesse Hold On, Mickey and Rollercoaster. Eternal hail from London, United Kingdom, and were known for their signature soul sound. The group’s hit singles include I Am Blessed, Power of a Woman and Stay. It was I Wanna Be The Only One, which scored them their first UK number one. Tickets to see B*Witched and Eternal in Dubai start from AED 199 for grandstand and AED 225 for standing.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


Jason Derulo: 4 May 2024

The line-up of R&B megastars performing at Coca-Cola-Arena continues to expand, this time with news that Jason Derulo will return to Dubai. Set to perform on Saturday, 4 May, the award-winning singer is bringing his Nu King World Tour to the UAE. Since breaking through with his five-times-platinum single Whatcha Say, Derulo has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including chart-topping hits like Talk Dirty, Wiggle and Swalla. Derulo’s upcoming concert in Dubai is not his first stint in the UAE. In fact, he’s frequented the city many times — the last time in September 2023 when he performed at Blu Dubai for his birthday. He also took to the Coca-Cola Arena stage back in 2022. 

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


Blackstreet & Shaggy: 11 May 2024

It’s time to party like it’s 1999 because the nineties acts, Blackstreet and Shaggy, are coming to Dubai. The reggae singer and rapper Shaggy hails from Kingston, Jamaica. His hit songs include Angel, Boombastic, It Wasn’t Me and That Girl. He has collaborated with Eve, Rayvon and RikRok. The R&B group Blackstreet were founded by Chauncey “Black” Hannibal and Teddy Riley. The line-up includes Chauncey, Levi Little, Mark Middleton and Eric Williams. Famous for their mix of soul and hip-hop, their most famous song is No Diggity. The 1996 smash hit featured Dr Dre and Queen Pen. The song was at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance. Tickets to see Blackstreet and Shaggy in Dubai start from AED 199.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for more information.


Martin Garrix: 11 May 2024

Dubai, get ready to party. The world-famous DJ and producer, Martin Garrix will perform as part of ATLANTIS LIVE at Atlantis The Palm on 11 May. Over the years, Martin has scored hit singles, which include AnimalsIn the Name of Love and Scared to be Lonely. He has collaborated with Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa and Troye Sivan. He has also played at major music festivals including Coachella, Creamfields, MDLBeast and Tomorrowland. Now, Martin will be playing at Atlantis The Palm, which has a beautiful backdrop of Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline. 

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for more information. 


Nicole Scherzinger and T.I.: 12 May 2024

In a career spanning more than two decades, rapper T.I. has collaborated with a star-studded roster that includes Eminem, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Rihanna. For his next collaboration, the 43-year-old will share the stage in Dubai with Nicole Scherzinger. The two singing sensations will perform their greatest hits during a night of noughties nostalgia on Sunday, 12 May 2024. Nicole Scherzinger rose to fame as the lead singer of the girl group Pussycat Dolls, who dominated the charts in the mid-2000s with hits like “Buttons” and “Don’t Cha.” Rapper T.I. is no stranger to Dubai, and tracks like “Live Your Life,” “Swagga Like Us”, and “Whatever You Like” have earned him chart-topping success. Tickets are available via Platinumlist and start from AED 295.

G.O.: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


James Blunt: 24 May 2024

James Blunt’s upcoming concert at Coca-Cola Arena is part of his new album tour, Who We Used To Be. The show promises to be a journey through James Blunt’s musical evolution. Blending elements of folk, pop, and rock to create a sound that is uniquely his own, his songs capture moments of love, loss, and self-discovery with an authenticity that is both raw and compelling. James Blunt’s career has been defined by the hauntingly beautiful, chart-topping hit You’re Beautiful.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


Tom Grennan: 24 May 2024

British singer and songwriter Tom Grennan is coming to Dubai. The platinum-selling star is heading to The Agenda in Dubai Media City on 24 May. In 2016, he rose to fame as a guest vocalist on the Chase and Status track, All Goes Wrong. Tom’s hit songs include Don’t Break My Heart, Let’s Go Home Together, Little Bit of Live and Noy Over Yet. He has worked with Calvin Karris, Ella Henderson and KSI. Over his career, he has received three BRIT Awards nominations.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information. 


Macklemore: 4 October 2024

Born Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, Macklemore is an American rapper and songwriter whose unique style and socially conscious lyrics have earned him a notoriety in the world of hip-hop. He gained widespread recognition alongside producer Ryan Lewis with their 2012 breakout single, Thrift Shop, which used quick-fire wordplay over a catchy beat. In a career spanning almost two decades, Macklemore has worked with Ed Sheeran, Idris Elba, Kesha, Lil Yachty and Martin Garrix. He will now make his Dubai debut with a performance at Coca-Cola Arena in City Walk. Get ready to return to the Good Old Days with tickets starting from AED 199 via Platinumlist.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


Take That: 25 October 2024

Abu Dhabi, it’s time to Take That. The British band are heading to Etihad Park on Yas Island on Friday, 25 October 2024. The trio will perform their greatest hits in the capital, including Back For Good, Never Forget and Relight My Fair. Now, the three members — Gary, Howard and Mark — are bringing the This Life on Tour to Abu Dhabi. 

GO: Visit https://platinumlist.net/ for more information. 


Wireless Festival: November 2024

Details about Wireless Festival Middle East 2024 are limited – there are no line-up or ticket prices yet, but judging from last year’s sold-out event, which saw 25,000 music fans descend on Etihad Park in Abu Dhabi, it’s expected to be a showstopper. The festival has attracted the biggest names in the music industry, with last year’s lineup featuring Travis Scott, Roddy Ricch, M.I.A., and Young Stunners. 

GO: Visit https://wirelessfestival.me for more information. 


6ix9ine: TBC 2024

Music fans, we have some big news. Controversial rapper 6ix9ine is coming to Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena – and he’s bringing friends. The event forms part of the Sundance DXB Vol. 4 – Hip-Hop Edition and will see the rapper, known for the hit tracks GummoFEFE and TROLLZ, take to the stage. Joining him on the night will be British-Ghanaian artist Kojo Funds and the American rappers and frequent collaborators Polo G and NLE Choppa. For somewhere to dance in Dubai this weekend, look no further. Tickets are available via Platinumlist for AED 199.

GO: Visit https://dubai.platinumlist.net for tickets and more information.


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As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publication, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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