Dubai Airports has announced a line-up of five up-and-coming UAE bands for musicDXB, an initiative launched with Katy Perry’s performance at the Dubai Airshow Gala Dinner and a pop-up show by UK swing kings Jack Pack at Dubai International, the world’s largest stage and number one international airport.
“Katy Perry set the tone with her stellar performance at the gala dinner, followed by Jack Pack’s amazing airport show, and now we will continue the excitement by featuring some of the tremendous talent on hand in Dubai and the UAE,” said Anita Mehra, Vice President, Communication & Business Development at Dubai Airports.
“We’ve selected very talented artists who represent various genres and cultures, much like the customers we serve and the city we call home. As was the case with Jack Pack, we’re sure our musicDXB acts will start our customers’ travel experience on a high note.”
The exciting line-up includes local favourites Abri & Funk Radius, led by homegrown frontman Hamdan Al Abri, whose former act Abri was honoured at the 2011 Timeout Dubai Nightlife Awards. Omani singer Salha will also take to the stage with the Million Dollar Band, displaying an eclectic range of influences from Shirley Bassey to The Beatles.
Following the success of Jack Pack’s laid-back jazz set, The Swing Revue will evoke the style and swagger of the early 20th century, while Sound City will keep passengers entertained with their skilful take on rock and pop classics. Last but not least, The 808’s will bring their distinctive and soulful sound to DXB.
Salha and the Million Dollar Band will perform today (25 November), followed by Abri & Funk Radius on 5 December, The Swing Revue on 9 December, Sound City on 12 December and The 808’s on 16 December.
musicDXB sets a new standard for global travel by creating a platform which targets a multi-cultural and cosmopolitan audience of more than 79 million music lovers who pass through the world’s busiest international airport every year.
musicDXB will feature performances from global superstars, the hottest emerging international acts and up-and-coming local artists to entertain and engage passengers passing through Dubai International.
Fans who are unable to watch the acts live in the airport can enjoy highlights on Dubai Airports’ social media platforms, and can stay up to date via the hashtag #musicDXB.
Other UAE-based acts, as well as those travelling to or through Dubai in January and beyond, are invited to participate in musicDXB. Interested acts should email musicDXB@dubaiairports.ae and include links to live music samples, travel dates and a short testimonial about why they want to perform on the world’s largest stage.