x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Variety is the key to Beats on the Beach fun

An enthusiastic crowd thronged to Abu Dhabi's Corniche for the last night of Beats on the Beach where there was something for every musical palate - from UAE singer Shamma Hamdan, to British singer-songwriter Labrinth , to Chronicles of Khan's fusion music .

UAE singer Shamma Hamdan was one of the performers during last night's Beats on the Beach at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi.  Satish Kumar / The National
UAE singer Shamma Hamdan was one of the performers during last night's Beats on the Beach at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi. Satish Kumar / The National

A host of nationalities and ages bopped side by side to a diverse range of music when Beats on the Beach rocked Abu Dhabi’s Corniche.

With the sand beneath their feet and the sea breeze in their faces, the enthusiastic crowd proved they didn’t need to be at Yas Island to get into top gear and get their groove on the weekend’s Formula One excitement.

They turned out for one of the free Beats on the Beach concerts last night, which blasted out across the capital’s waterfront.

A range of artists took to the stage, ensuring there was something to suit all musical tastes.

Chronicles of Khan kicked off proceedings, getting the crowd into the mood for a night of entertainment.

Up next was Lebanese rocker Jay Wud, followed by UAE singer Shamma Hamdan, who was catapulted to fame after coming third on the TV show Arabs Got Talent.

The audience included veterans as well as first timers.

“Every year I go to Beats on the Beach,” said Abu Dhabi resident Michael Toma. “I like the show. Every year it’s different and they bring some stars from lots of countries,” added the 30-year-old Egyptian civil engineer.

Rayees Mohamed, 27, chanced upon the show.

“I didn’t know it was on. I just came in with my friends. It’s great it’s free,” said Mr Mohamed, an Indian national who works in IT.

Sri Lankan Mohamed Zahir was looking forward to seeing two acts in particular.

“I wanted to see Sean Kingston and Labrinth in front of my eyes. It will make me happy. I definitely enjoy their music a lot,” said the 21-year-old HR assistant, who lives in Abu Dhabi.

He was also a fan of the open-air venue.

“It’s better to be on the beach and chill out with the music. It’s kind of different to going to a club.”

Many families were in the audience, with excited children running and playing on the sand.

Randa Hatim, a Sudanese visiting her family here, was enjoying the concert with her sister’s family.

“I came on Friday night as well. It’s an open event and you act freely, there are no tables and chairs,” said the 38-year-old.

“I like spending time on the Corniche. At the same time you have worldwide music and singers. and its something unique. Abu Dhabi and the UAE is very much unique because it’s a Middle East culture with amazing international opportunities,” she said.

UK singer Labrinth, Sean Kingston, as well as Veteran Lebanese crooner and The Voice mentor Assi El Helani were also part on the line-up.

Nearly a dozen international, regional and local acts have performed for the crowds at the Corniche from Thursday to Saturday in a series of free concerts.