The Red Bull Music Academy Weekender will be held from 12th to 15th of April across Dubai.
Red Bull Music Academy touches down in UAE, bringing 7 events and over 30 artists to Dubai for the city’s first ever Red Bull Music Academy Weekender. Expect a four day musical takeover featuring a wide range of performances and unique collaborations across the city.
The Weekender will start off on WEDNESDAY at Music Hall, Palm Jumeirah, at 9pm, with GCC-based multimedia artist Zahed Sultan presenting his HIWAR project, which explores the musical heritage of the traditional pearl diving music.
THURSDAY will see a night of trailblazing house and disco as well as some bass-heavy treatment. Buckle up for Chicago’s dancefloor activist The Black Madonna and Detroit legend Moodymann alongside Analog Room cohorts Siamak Amidi and Shemroon, as well as Stockholm’s record-slinger Axel Boman and Berlin-based Peggy Gou, DeWalta and Shannon, amongst others. In addition, Hyperdub label kingpin Kode9, low-end ambassador Ikonika and Teklife’s juke champion DJ Earl will step up with some hard-hitting breaks and bass, supported by Essarai from the 264 Cru.
Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay, 9pm, Tickets Booking
Media One Hotel, On 42, 9pm, Tickets Booking
FRIDAY will begin with an early meditation led by Dubai-based Pierre Ravan and the melodic creations of New York songstress Julianna Barwick, before it’s party time in the evening again, with performances by LA rapper and Red Bull Radio host Earl Sweatshirt, Detroit rap eccentric Danny Brown, NYC’s restlessly creative MC Princess Nokia, Canadian R&B explorer Jessy Lanza, Stones Throw’s beat whiz Knxwledge and more.
Kite Beach, 6am, Tickets Booking
Dubai Design District (d3), 4pm, Tickets Booking
Dubai’s inaugural RBMA Weekender will culminate on SATURDAY with legendary NYC disco aficionado Danny Krivit, Australian Academy alum András and crate-digging authority Volcov, alongside Dubai’s own Megadon Betamax and James Locksmith.
The TAP House club Vista Mare Palm Jumeirah, 1pm, Tickets Booking
The Dubai Weekender will also include RBMA’s Beyond the Noise photo exhibition, which takes viewers into the world of sweat, blood, tears, effort, self-doubt and strength that is present in every musician’s life. It will be on throughout the weekend at d3, starting April 7th.