Dig out yo’ sneaks

Sneak­ers and mu­sic, to­gether as one? Tim Skin­ner ex­plores one of Dubai’s most en­dur­ingly suc­cess­ful fes­ti­vals

Time Out Dubai - - INSIDE - Edited by Tim Skin­ner time­out­dubai.com/bars

Sole DXB is back and train­ers and mu­sic are about to be united as one. Turn to page 60 for ev­ery­thing you need to know about the event

IT’S RISEN TO be­come one of the city’s most im­por­tant cul­tural fes­ti­vals, hav­ing spent the past seven years build­ing on its foun­da­tion as a street party for footwear fa­nat­ics.

Sole DXB re­turns for its eighth edi­tion be­tween Thurs­day De­cem­ber 6 and Satur­day 8, and is now a highly an­tic­i­pated part of the Dubai win­ter events cal­en­dar.

So, ahead of Sole DXB’S re­turn this week­end, here are the high­lights that you need to be look out for while mak­ing your visit to d3’s ab­so­lutely kick­ing street fes­ti­val.

NAS in the UAE

Satur­day night will see the ar­rival of one of the big­gest names of the past 20 years in hip-hop. US rap­per Nas will be mak­ing his Dubai, and UAE, de­but. The award-win­ning rap­per, who’s been nom­i­nated for 13 Gram­mys dur­ing a 25-year ca­reer span­ning 13 al­bums, count­less Bill­board 200-top­ping re­leases, dou­ble and triple-plat­inum sell­ing records and more, will be bring­ing his finest tracks to the stage for the very first time in Dubai – and for many of the city’s mu­sic lovers it’s a long over­due ap­pear­ance, too.

So, you can ex­pect to hear tracks like Nas is Like, The World is Yours and Made You Look, in what’s promis­ing to be a storm­ing fi­nale to the week­end. Nas’ ap­pear­ance con­tin­ues the fes­ti­val’s grow­ing em­pha­sis on putting on topqual­ity mu­sic acts from around the world. Last year’s event saw Pusha T and Kano come to town, while Stor­mzy fea­tured back in 2016.


But that’s not all, be­cause we’re mov­ing from one his­toric rap star to an­other.

While he may not be with us in body, fans of The No­to­ri­ous B.I.G. will be made up, be­cause Ree­bok is bring­ing the orig­i­nal crown from Big­gie’s time­less record King of New York to the Dubai De­sign District And, bet­ter yet, you’ll be able to try it on. And even bet­ter yet, you’ll be able to have your photo taken while wear­ing it, by the very same pho­tog­ra­pher who shot the orig­i­nal al­bum art­work, Bar­ron Clai­borne.

The crown will be avail­able for mem­bers of the pub­lic to try on from 4pm on Fri­day

De­cem­ber 7 and Satur­day 8, so don’t miss it.

Ree­bok will close its fes­ti­val on Satur­day night with a per­for­mance from South African star AKA, while Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Abra is set to hit the main stage, and along with Nas will bring down the cur­tain on the street cul­ture fes­ti­val for an­other year.

Also on the bill across the three-night fes­ti­val are NYC rap duo Lion Babe, Rox­anne Shante (also from New York), UK rap­pers Giggs and Slowthai, plus Sho Mad­jozi, sax­o­phon­ist Masego and more.

I got sole

While mu­sic is at the very heart of Sole DXB, footwear is at its soul (sole?), and you can ex­pect to see big re­veals, new sea­son de­buts and a whole bunch of other ac­ti­va­tions from some of the world’s lead­ing footwear and sneaker brands.

As ever, Adi­das will be there (if you’re des­per­ate for that new lim­ited-edi­tion pair of Yeezys), and you’ll also be able to find out the lat­est deals and ranges from Puma, skater favourite Con­cepts and even ex­hi­bi­tions from in­ter­na­tional brands like Levi’s, Cadil­lac, Uber, Tommy Hil­figer and more.

There are even go­ing to be some of Dubai’s top restau­rants and bars mak­ing their way to d3 for the week­end, in­clud­ing Black Tap and Mighty Quinn’s, if you start getting a han­ker­ing for some grub after pound­ing the streets all day look­ing for new kicks.

Other­wise, there’ll be more than a dozen dif­fer­ent brand ac­ti­va­tions and events across the week­end, as well as a two-day­long bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment, plus live mu­sic on the main stage from 6pm un­til late into the evening – in­clud­ing an ap­pear­ance by res­i­dent Dubai DJ Mr Shef Codes.

It’s all lin­ing up to be an ab­so­lutely epic week­end, that’ll get you on your feet and over to d3. Now that’s good for the sole...

→ From Dhs195. Dec 6-8. d3, Ras Al Khor Road, http://tick­ets.vir­gin­mega­s­tore.ae.

“Big re­veals, sea­son de­buts and more from the world’s big­gest brands”

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