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The biggest acts performing in the UAE in 2020

Words by Nathan Irvine

The star turns coming to the United Arab Emirates... in no particular order.

2020 is already shaping up to be one of the biggest and best for musical acts in the UAE. From huge multi-artist concerts to intimate gigs – the emirates has it covered this year.

So we’ve pulled together a list of the biggest international acts that will drop by in 2020. Obviously, these are the only ones we know about at the time of writing, but we full expect a fair few more to be announced soon.

Anyway, here’s a quick gig guide for the year for you.



Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson performing on stage.

British heavy metal legends are set to shake the roof off the Coca-Cola Arena in May. For four decades the Bruce Dickinson led band has rocked the world with their energetic performances. This will be one of the stops on what is rumoured to be Iron Maiden’s last ever tours so be sure to grab your tickets ASAP.

May 27
Where: Coca-Cola Arena
Tickets: From AED 250



Ms. Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill performing on stage.

As one third of The Fugees, Ms. Lauryn Hill mesmerised with her lyrical flow and soulful voice. Ever since then, Miss Hill has gone on to carve out a fantastic solo career with outstanding tunes such as the catchy Doo Wop (That Thing). Although shunning the spotlight since the early 2000s, this is a great opportunity to see and hear one of the best female solo artists around.


When: February 26
Where: Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Amphitheatre
Tickets from AED 350



Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams performing on stage.

The Let Me Entertain You singer and former Take That-er is performing an exclusive gig at The Pointe. Williams has found continued success as a solo artist through the years, but does often pull some old Take That tunes out of the bag when he performs. His rock take on Want You Back For Good is worth the entrance fee alone.


When: January 24
Where: The Pointe
Tickets from AED 295




Suggs from Madness performing on stage.

The indefatigable sound of Madness is a sure foot stomper. It doesn’t matter if you’re too young to remember the band in their prime, you will definitely know the catchy ska sounds of Our House, One Step Beyond or Baggy Trousers.


When: March 5
Where: The Irish Village
Tickets from AED 275




Stormzy performing on stage.

He’s tearing up the rap and grime game in the UK, and with his new album Heavy is the Head sky-rocketing to number one, Stormzy has never been more in-demand. Thankfully, we’ll get to see the main man in action at RedFest 2020 in what should be one of the best nights of the year.


When: February 7
Where: RedFest DXB, Dubai Amphitheatre
Tickets from AED 395



Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie performing on stage.

The American crooner is heading back to Dubai once again for the Dubai Jazz Festival. One thing that’s always consistent with a gig from Lionel Richie is the energy he puts into his performance. Just try not to dance when All Night Long comes on, we dare you.


When: February 27
Where: Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai Amphitheatre
Tickets from AED 350



Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix performing on stage.

At 23 years young, Martin Garrix has already conquered the DJ scene. He ranked number one on DJ Mag’s prestigious Top 100 list three years running, and his meteoric climb shows no signs of slowing down. Expect a bouncing set that will leave your ears ringing.


When: February 7
Where: RedFest DXB, Dubai Amphitheatre
Tickets from AED 395



Louis Tomlinson

Louis Tomlinson with a microphone in his hand.

Life after One Direction was always going to be tricky, but Louis Tomlinson is one that has continued the momentum into his solo career. This, his first world tour, marks a coming of age moment for the singer who has songs for everyone – young and old.


When: April 18
Where: Coca-Cola Arena
Tickets from AED 295



Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi performing on stage.

2019 was the year of Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi. Not only did he top the charts with emotionally charged songs such as Before You Go but he had us laughing continuously with his self-deprecating humour on social media too. His shows are always a mix of both.


When: January 17
Where: Al Majaz Amphitheatre, Sharjah
Tickets from AED 195 




A-ha performing on stage.

Now, you might think the Norwegian bands are a one-trick pony. We’ve all heard Take On Me, right? But A-ha also has a rich back catalogue of music that is capable of transcending multiple genres. Manhattan Skyline is a certified banger.


When: February 10 and 11
Where: Dubai Opera
Tickets from AED 250


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