Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

Mashrou' Leila to headline Dubai's Groove on the Grass

The Lebanese band will perform at the home-grown electronic music festival's eighth anniversary

Mashrou' Leila have performed in Dubai several times now. AFP
Mashrou' Leila have performed in Dubai several times now. AFP

On November 15, Groove on the Grass will celebrate its eighth anniversary, and it's doing so with some very special guests.

Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou' Leila will headline the event alongside an impressive line-up that features plenty more regional and local bands.

They'll be joined by German producer Robag Wruhme, deep house pioneer Rodriguez Jr and plenty more in the shape of Pierre Ravan, Bachir Salloum, Magda, DJ Seinfeld, Deian and Tarik Omar.

The outdoor music festival will take place at Emirates Golf Club, with tickets starting at Dh225.

Groove on the Grass, a favoured music event in Dubai, is returning after a stellar 2018 season that culminated in drum and bass band Rudimental and electronic music group 808 State flying in from the UK to play headline sets at the final April event before it went into hibernation for the summer.

That concert rounded out a successful season of gigs featuring British artists, including electronic music pioneers Underworld in February.

Mashrou’ Leila have come a long way since they began jamming together at the American University of Beirut in 2008, and have since found themselves at the centre of a media storm.

They’ve been called “the lost voice of a disenfranchised generation”, “the voice of the Arab Spring”, and the band “out to stir a musical rebellion in the Middle East”.

They have long been characterised as rebellious, ground-breaking, provocative, controversial and even revolutionary – so it is easy to forget that the main reason they are among the most successful performers from the Arab world is the quality of their music.

Earlier this year, the band told The National they were aiming for US stardom.

“It is still kind of surreal to me,” said singer Hamed Sinno. “Because what makes the band work has always been us living in the moment. We were not trying to create some kind of deeper narrative and that’s why we are still together because we always focused on what’s at hand in the moment.”

Tickets for Groove on the Grass are available at dubai.platinumlist.net

Updated: November 5, 2019 09:12 AM

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