A tango fest, Cecil Beaton – there’s a lot happening in the UAE this week.
Tagalog music festival TagFest 2017 will take place today at the Dubai World Trade Centre. There’ll be concerts by Filipino rock band Parokya Ni Edgar, award-winning Filipino rapper Gloc 9, singer-songwriter Ebe Dancel and alternative rockers <S>andwich. Tickets from Dh99 at tagfest.ae; from 3pm-12am.
The fourth edition of Bengali concert series Rhythm Raaga is also today at the Indian International School. Performers include singer-songwriter Nachiketa Chakraborty and singer Jibonmukhi. Tickets from Dh50, call 04 3377475; from 7pm-12am.
Enjoy barbecues and outdoor grills? Do it the South African way at Braai Day DXB. The event on the lawns of the Emirates Golf Club today will feature DJ Shimza and the Francois Van Coke band supported by Afrikaans indie-rock band Die Gifappels. Bring your own meat and do the grilling or buy it there. From 3pm, Dh120 for over-21s and Dh60 for under-21s; call 050 871 7493.
Hindustani singer Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (above) is performing at Ductac today as part of the Emirates NBD Classics concert series. The vocalist and composer will perform traditional Indian genres of music such as Thumri and Tappa. Tickets from Dh150 at platinumlist.net; from 8pm-10pm.
The siblings that sing together and rock together – Daler Mehndi (above right) and Mika Singh – will pump up the tempo on May 19 at DWTC. The singers – known for their individual Bollywood and Bhangra hits such as Mauja Hi Mauja and Tunak Tunak Tun, collaborated on the Punjabi song Sohniye last year and are continuing the collaboration with a slew of live concerts. Tickets from Dh125 at platinumlist.net; gates open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 9.30pm. South Asian a cappella group Penn Masala will be performing in Dubai on May 18 at Ductac. The all-male group of singers from the University of Pennsylvania are a Hindi a cappella group who create mashups of Hindi and English hits without using any instruments. The group is launching its tenth album Yuva, parts of which will be performed during their concert in Dubai. Tickets from Dh200 at ductac.org; doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8pm.
Ministry of Sound’s Stay True Weekender festival is happening at Barasti Beach until tomorrow; Grammy-nominated Felix Da House Cat, EDM producer Harry Romero, Miguel Migs, Lovra (below left) and Robbie Rivera will headline the event. The event is taking place between 6pm today and 2pm tomorrow; entry is free, visit barastibeach. com
It’s back to the nineties at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium today where three bands from the Britpop scene – The Lightning Seeds, The Farm and Toploader - perform full live sets. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm; tickets from Dh175 at theirishvillage.com.
Ed Sheeran fans, you’ll be in love with the shape of this news: The British singer (above left) will perform at the Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai on November 23. It’s a long way down the road, we know, but tickets are already on sale at 117live.com. The one-night only concert in Dubai is part of the hitmaker’s world tour.