Ellie Goulding is coming to Dubai, Time Out Dubai can exclusively reveal.
The British singer is the star turn - so far - at at Dubai Music Week, a weekend-long festival that will also feature the rescheduled Thirty Seconds To Mars gig and numerous other special events. We will, of course, have those announcements as they are made.
Hosted by Live Nation Middle East and held at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) between Wednesday, September 23 and Saturday, September 26, DMW will feature ‘four main segments including concerts with an award-winning line-up of A-list performers, celebrity guest speakers, master classes and an interactive entertainment village’.
Fans can expect Ellie, who takes to the stage on Thursday, September 24, to belt out tracks including 'Love Me Like You Do', 'Anything Can Happen' and 'Burn'.
It wouldn’t be her first visit to Dubai. Ellie performed at Sandance NYE with Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez, Zane Lowe and Rita Ora – a show which featured an unforgettable fireworks display at midnight from Atlantis The Palm.
Back in 2012 she told Time Out Dubai on her impending first visit: ‘I’ve never been, so I have no idea what to expect. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever played on New Year’s Eve before – I think this is a first. Last year I celebrated in Thailand with my friends.’
Ellie went on to have the time of her life though, even taking part in a Dubai skydive which has been a very popular must-do activity among visiting stars.
The musician has quite a jammed schedule in the lead-up to the UAE live show. She will playing dates around Europe in August which include Gothenberg, Sweden, St Polten, Austria and Hasselt, Belgium.
Ellie will then perform at the UK’s V Festival before taking her gigs to Canada and the USA in early September.
The star has recently been promoting her latest track Powerful which is a collaboration with Major Lazer.
She said about making her last album, 2012’s Halcyon: ‘Loneliness has been the biggest influence on this record; I feel like what I do is lonely. I still feel like there’s this force, pushing me to do this.’
Meanwhile Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds To Mars will finally be in Dubai after having to reschedule their appearance originally scheduled for earlier this year. In March they said about the planned April concert, 'Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.' They headline a day of festivities on Friday, September 25.
The group - which also includes his older brother Shannon Leto on drums and guitarist Tomo Milicevic - were to play live at the same venue as part of the Middle East Film and Comic Con 2015 (MEFCC). Pre-sale tickets for Ellie Goulding go on sale on Wednesday August 5, while you can get your hands on Thirty Seconds To Mars tickets right now by visiting ticketmaster.ae.