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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Also on the bill at Fiesta De Los Muertos

With it second edition Fiesta De Los Muertos is gradually establishing itself as the most adventures of UAE pop music festivals. Here is the line up for this year’s event.

Gorillaz. Courtesy J.C. Hewlett
Gorillaz. Courtesy J.C. Hewlett

Gorillaz

One of the most innovative groups on the modern pop scene. Led by Damon Albarn (also the frontman for Brit-pop icons Blur), the collective got a knack for blending genres ranging from pop, indie-rock and hip-hop. Their set will be backed by the lush and almost three dimensional quality of visuals created by the group’s co-founder, the acclaimed comic book creator James Hewlett.

Carly Rae Jepsen

The Canadian popstar, responsible for chart topping anthems Call Me Maybe and I Really Like You, will bring her collection of catchy and retro flavoured tunes for her Middle Eastern concert debut. The 31-year-old’s Dubai date finds her taking a short break from working of her upcoming 4th album. With over 250 new songs written already for the yet untitled release, perhaps we may hear a couple of new songs in Jepsen’s maiden UAE show.

Stormzy

Fiesta De Los Muertos got a thrilling shot in the arm once it was announced that exciting grime star Stormzy would replace pop star Nick Jonas, after the latter pulled out. Sorry Nick, there are no tears shed here. Stormzy is in the midst of a brilliant year with major festival performances and awards on the back of his acclaimed debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, which has already spawned the hits Big for Your Boots and Cold.

The Mariachis

Adding some spice to the mix is The Mariachis. The Mexican troupe were such a hit in last year’s inaugural edition that promoters had no choice to bring them back. It really shouldn’t have been a surprise. What’s not like about a hearing a colourful quartet performing mariachi versions of Human League's Don't You Want Me, East 17's Stay Another Day and Joan Jett's I Love Rock & Roll? The group were not only featured on Tine Tempah’s latest single Mamacita but they were also chosen by Scottish pop legend Rod Stewart as the supporting act for last year’s UK stadium tour.

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