Music is our destiny… we’re so exited that the capital is getting a new music platform and – wait for it – a museum of music will be part of it
Some big music acts and initiatives are heading to the capital in spring 2020, and it’s going to continue for five years at least, we’ve been told.
So, wanting to know more, we immediately gave Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, acting executive director of Tourism and Marketing at The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), a call to find out more.
The first edition of Abu Dhabi Music Week –slated by DCT Abu Dhabi as a “pioneering platform” for music fans and professionals – is set to launch in March 2020.
The event will feature the first ever Ultra Music Festival in the Middle East. Just in case you don’t know what Ultra is… it’s a mega global electronic music festival that has it’s roots in Miami, Florida before dancing around the world.
Abu Dhabi’s key attractions will also play host to international and local music events, including the inaugural British electronic music publication DJ Mag Middle East conference.
Obviously, lots of people are going to be pouring into this city from across the UAE and from around the world, which is great news for tourism and the economy.
One of the main draws – and there are many – is the Music Museum, which Ali revealed during our telephone call.
He told us the museum will narrate the evolution of music, highlighting how it has changed in terms of styles, how we access and listen to music, and how it all began – exciting stuff!
Ali also revealed how the event is looking to host “one of the biggest music awards in the music industry.”
Music activities will occur across the city and will be community focused, which we like here at Abu Dhabi World, since we’re all about the community!
In the preceding weeks of Music Week will see city-wide music activities take place in schools, engaging students and instilling that music vibe, says Ali
Music Week will take place across all areas of the city, which could see audiences sailing across the sea to the capital’s various islands, Ali told Abu Dhabi World. “It’s going to be a totally different experience.”
As Ultra heads to du Arena on Yas Island in March , what names should we expect?
Well, with further announcements expected nearer the time, here’s phase 1 of the line-up:
Jamaican-American Electronic Music trio, MAJOR LAZER, who is made up of record producer Diplo and DJs Walshy Fire and Ape Drums.
Hitmaker and multi Grammy-nominated producer, DJ SNAKE, will also headline the Abu Dhabi show in spectacular fashion, whilst making his debut in Abu Dhabi bringing his songs such as ‘Turn Down For What’ and ‘Bird Machine’ to the stage where he will indulge fans with his creative musical additions to the dance scene.
Also in the mix is Russian-German record producer, DJ and songwriter ZEDD, commercially known in the mainstream for his hits such as ‘Middle’, ‘Stay’ the ‘Night’ and ‘Clarity’, but also famous for drawing influences from progressive house, dubstep and classical into his dance creations.
After a mind-blowing performance closing the main stages of Ultra Japan and South Africa, Dutch superstar AFROJACK will return to blow up the energy of the Main Stage as he does every time he performs.
In addition to his Main Stage performance, Eric Prydz will also storm the RESISTANCE stage under his techno-centric alias Cirez D, a rare showcase of the side-project that touts his darker shades of soundscapes.
NICKY ROMERO is also joining the lineup, after making an iconic appearance in Abu Dhabi in 2019. Famous for his hit with David Guetta ‘When love takes over’ and for producing Rihanna’s ‘Right Now’, his fan base has grown as he continues to play in hot spots globally.
KSHMR will be bringing his Indian American flavour to the decks as he wows the crowd with his electro house tunes. A veteran of the ULTRA Music festival scene he has worked with Tiesto and Vassy as well as achieving the top 15th DJ accolade in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ awards.
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Phew! We can’t wait for 2020. We bet you can’t too!