The Middle East offers breathtaking sights, world-famous tourist attractions, monuments, adventurous activities and lots of things to explore. It has also been hosting first-class musicians, top DJs, and popular artists, award-winning and Grammy-nominated acts from around the world. In the past couple of years, the Middle East has become the hotspot to enjoy live performances from some of the most talented artists at concerts as well as music festivals.
From Solomun to Charlie Puth, find a list of some well-known artists who will be performing in the Middle East in 2023.
Canadian musician Bryan Adams will take over the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, UAE, on November 4. This show is in support of the singer-songwriter’s fifteenth studio album, ‘So Happy It Hurts.’ He has scored sixteen Grammy nods so far and has sold millions of singles worldwide. Next month, Adams will embark on a seven-stop Canadian tour.
Legendary singer Asha Bhosle is set to grace the Coca-Cola Arena stage in Dubai this September. The singer, who has more than 12,000 songs to her credit, turns 90 on September 8 and will be celebrating her birthday by performing some of her greatest hits at this unforgettable Broadway-style show called ASHA@90: Live in Concert. Bhosle started singing as a child and began her career in music at the tender age of 10.
“I am filled with immense joy and gratitude as I prepare to return to the stage after over a decade, celebrating my 90th birthday with this extraordinary concert organised by PME Entertainment,” she said at a press conference. “Music has been my lifeline, and to share my melodies with my beloved fans once again is an emotional and unforgettable moment. I look forward to creating magical memories together and rejoicing in the power of music.” Her concert will feature dance troupes, soulful ghazals, about 55 performers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, and more. Celebrities will also be in attendance.
Charlie Puth is heading to Abu Dhabi this October! The American singer-songwriter’s appearance at the Etihad Arena, which has a capacity of 18,000, comes as part of his tour “Charlie Puth Presents The ‘Charlie’ Live Experience.” Puth has offered us hits like ‘Attention,’ ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ featuring Selena Gomez, and ‘Left and Right’ with Jungkook of BTS. The singer shot to fame with his feature on the track ‘See You Again’ from the ‘Furious 7’ OST and even took home a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for it. He has earned four Grammy nominations so far.
Defected Dubai with Catz ‘n Dogz, Hannah Wants, Sam Divine, and More
Defected Records is all set to host a three-day music festival in Dubai this year. Taking place from October 13 – 15, the festival has tapped Catz ‘n Dogz, British house music producer/ DJ Hannah Wants, Chicago house producer/DJ Mike Dunn, UK House music DJ Sam Divine, and Scottish DJ Arielle Free for Defected Dubai this year.
John Summit, Grammy-winning DJ/producer and remixer Roger Sanchez, DJ-duo Dunmore Brothers, and Monki will also hit the Defected Dubai stage in October, along with English electronic duo Groove Armada, Low Steppa, Syreeta, Ferreck Dawn, and other thrilling acts.
Catch Robbie Williams live in concert at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi on October 18. The former member of the pop group Take That has had his solo songs ‘Millenium’ and ‘Angels’ enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ‘She’s The One,’ ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘Candy’ are among the English singer-songwriter’s best-known songs. Williams boasts twelve studio albums under his belt and has sold an estimated 75 million records.
Lewis Capaldi will be making stops in Zallaq, Bahrain (Al Dana Amphitheatre), and Dubai (Coca-Cola Arena) as part of his tour on October 6 and 7, respectively. ‘Someone You Loved’ became his most popular track with 2.9 billion streams on Spotify and earned him the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100, a Song of the Year Grammy nod, and a Brit Award for Song of The Year.
The Scottish singer-songwriter and musician has opened for the likes of Niall Horan, English singer Rag’n’Bone Man, Sam Smith, and Irish rock band Kodaline, among others. He has also performed at major festivals, including Bonnaroo, Reading & Leeds Festival, and Lollapalooza. His debut album ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ came out in 2019, while his latest release ‘Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent,’ a twelve-track record, was released in May.
Blond:ish will be taking over AHM, a nightclub in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 19. She did a b2b set with Diiplo at Hard Summer in LA earlier this month and got behind the decks at Outside Lands in San Francisco and ÎleSoniq Music Festival in Montreal, Canada. The Canadian producer will be heading to the US for gigs at the North Coast Music Festival, The Surf Lodge, DREAMLAND, and more next month.
Vivie-ann Bakos, known popularly as Blond:ish, has rolled out ‘Sorry’ with Madonna, Miami-based DJ/producer Eran Hersh, and Darmon; ‘Remember Me,’ a collaboration with KeeQ and Tamara Blessa; ‘Es un secreto (feat. Pensión & Juanmih)’ with HUGEL and Dalex; and ‘Call My Name’ this year. She also performed at EDC Mexico and embarked on a US and Canada tour earlier this year.
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Armin van Buuren
Get your dancing shoes ready! Armin van Buuren is en route to Istanbul, Turkey, next month. The Dutch DJ/producer will be taking charge of the multipurpose venue Life Park on September 22. He is scheduled to take the stage at Creamfields later this month while also performing at Ushuaïa Ibiza every Sunday this September.
van Buuren has broken two records with his UNTOLD Dubai set at the Burj Khalifa. He exhibited his skills on the 149th floor, making it the highest performance on the globe’s tallest building. He also made history by using the largest LED screen ever in a show.
A Sunburn Arena tour will take him to cities – Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi NCR, and Bengaluru in India this October. He will then play at the Amsterdam Music Festival, Escape Halloween, EDC Orlando, and A State of Trance (Days 1 and 2).
Award-winning DJ Solomun is on his way to Cyprus for a gig on August 19. The Bosnian-German DJ/producer will play at Ayia Triada Beach. Alex Tomb is set to open for this Solomun concert. He is currently in the middle of his Solomun +1 Pacha Residency, every Sunday from May 28 to October 15. This globe-trotter has had shows in Greece, Paris, and Burgas, among others, and will also be hitting the road in South America this November.
Generic Music is bringing Berlin-based solo artist and bandleader Jan Blomqvist to Istanbul, Turkey, on September 23! Having captivated audiences with his thrilling sets all over the world, he has gigs lined up in the US in San Pedro and Montauk before his performance at Ours Open Air in Frankfurt. Blomqvist also has gigs in Estonia, Cyprus, Ibiza, Latvia, and Belgium.
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Charlotte Cardin will hit the Zorlu PSM stage in Turkey next month. The Canadian jazz, electro, and pop singer-songwriter’s appearance at this Istanbul concert hall on September 30 comes as part of her 99 Nights Tour. This Paris-based artist’s music has garnered millions of streams on Spotify, and she took home four trophies – Single of the Year (‘Meaningless’), Pop Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year at the 2022 Juno Music Awards.