Ahlan!'s Essential RedFestDXB Guide
THURSDAY 13 FEB
Definitely one for the ladies, Conor Maynard balances silky vocals with witty lyrics and clever rhymes. Watch him perform and see why Pharrell Williams calls him the face that “will change the face of pop music.”
Time on stage: 7pm
Bestselling track: Can’t Say No
Best known for: Being called the British version of Justin Bieber
British rapper Tinie is bringing his infectious party tracks to Dubai and will no doubt get the crowd jumping to Pass Out Miami 2 Ibiza and his Calvin Harris-assisted hit Drinking from the Bottle.
Time on stage: 8.15pm
Bestselling track: Written in the Stars
Best known for: His quirky Frisky lyric: “Would you risk it for a chocolate biscuit?”|
He made his name as a singer in JLS, but these days Marvin makes girls swoon from behind the decks with his commercial mix of chart tunes. Expect his wife and Saturdays member Rochelle Wiseman to be dancing amongst the crowd.
Time on stage: 11.20pm
Bestselling track: Everybody in Love
Best known for: Being part of boy band JLS
FRIDAY 14 FEB
HEADLINER The Lumineers
This five-piece folk rock band became global ambassadors for their genre last year with their catchy hit Ho Hey. The group are a total festival essential, having played across the USA, Europe and Australia.
Time on stage: 9pm
Bestselling track: Ho Hey
Best known for: Having the above song used in a British TV advert for an electricity firm
The fact that Jay Z signed her to the Roc Nation record label speaks volumes, and Rita is already a veteran of music festivals with her fusion of pop, dance and hip-hop. Don’t be surprised if Tinie Tempah joins her onstage for their number one hit RIP.
Time on stage: 5pm
Bestselling track: How We Do (Party)
Having chatted to Naughty Boy ahead of his performance, Ahlan! can tell you that his set will be uptempo, fun and feature some special vocals. He produced Wonder, which featured Emeli Sandé, and La La La with Sam Smith, so watch this space.
Time on stage: 6pm
Bestselling track: La La La
He may be just 23 years old, but John Newman has the soulful voice of someone way beyond his years. His debut solo single, Love Me Again, earned him two Brit Award nominations.
Time on stage: 7.30pm
Bestselling track: Love Me Again
Best known for: His old-school vocal style
The DJ collective made up of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and super producer Mark Ronson will provide the perfect closing party with their experimental hip-hop.
Time on stage: 10.45pm
Bestselling track: No material released to date
Best known for: Being among the most in-demand DJs in hip-hop
RED FEST TICKET INFO
RedFestDXB runs from 6pm-2am Thu 13 Feb and from 2pm-2am Fri 14 Feb, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. There are three types of tickets: RedFAN: Dhs299 (one day), Dhs499 (both days). These general admission
tickets give access to all public areas of the festival site, which includes the main audience areas at both stages and all other site attractions. Ahlan! RedSTYLE: Dhs549 (one day), Dhs829 (both days). These premium tickets
get you into our exclusive lounge, right next to the main stage, with upscale food and drink options, luxury washrooms and lots of space in which to do some serious celeb spotting – it’s the place to be and be seen.
RedZONE: Dhs1,399 (one day), Dhs2,099 (both days) This is the ultimate VIP experience, with unbeatable views of both the main stage and second stage from a tiered viewing platform with lounge-style seating. Unlimited festival food and house beverages are included in the ticket price, as is access to the Ahlan! RedSTYLE lounge.
INFO: See www.redfestdxb.com for more details