Performing on 24 November
Zeynep Bastik was born into a family of musicians in 1993 and she grew up in Izmir. She started dancing and acting professionally at the age of 17, as well as doing vocals for a local rock band called Jackpot and being a backing singer for Turkish popstar Murat Dalkılıç in Istanbul.
She stepped into her solo career and released her first official singles, ‘Fırça’ and ‘Şahaneyim’. Later, she established a YouTube channel where she performed cover songs in her home. In a year, the channel exceeded 1.5 million subscribers and reached more than 800 million views. She then released her new singles ‘Her Yerde Sen’, ‘Uslanmıyor Bu’, ‘Çukur’, ‘Her Mevsim Yazım’, ‘Dargın’, ‘Bir Daha’, ‘Boş Yapma’ and ‘Kendi Yolumuzda’. She also took part in duets, ‘Bırakman Doğru mu’, ‘Bırakman Doğru mu 2’ and ‘Mod’.
Her debut studio album, ‘Zeynodisco’, was released in 2021, featuring hits such as ‘Marlon Brando’, ‘Bana Sorma’ and ‘Sana Bayılıyorum’.
She marked 2022 with the song ‘Ara’ and became the most listened to female artist on Spotify in Turkey. Her YouTube channel is also the biggest of all Turkish artists with more than 2.7 million subscribers.
Her songs are featured in TV series and movies, as well as as jingles for many global brands.
Zeynep has performed at concerts in the biggest venues in Turkey with her open-air tours. She continues her rise to international fame.
Performing on 25 November 2022
Tamtam & Felukah
Saudi singer/songwriter Tamtam is based between Los Angeles and Riyadh. Her sound is not one to put in a box, but you can hear a range of alternative R&B and pop influences.
Her single We’ve Got Wings, released in late 2015, helped to promote a Saudi breast cancer awareness organisation founded by Princess Reema Bint Bandar.
Gender Game is a song about her journey as a Saudi woman pursuing a music career. Her defiant single Rise, released in 2018, has had over one million YouTube views. In 2019, she performed her song One Earth at the Global Goals World Cup in New York City. She has harmoniously combined her Arabic roots with western influences in her latest singles Ismak, Insak and Run ahead of her anticipated EP later this year.
Dubbed the “neo-soul artist bringing the Nile to New York,” Felukah’s voice is among the most distinct and versatile in contemporary genre-bending rap. She dropped her first bilingual project, “Citadel” independently in 2019. Regularly code-switching between English and Arabic, Felukah connected to indie label Abu Recordings and worked closely with them to produce and distribute her debut album “Dream 23” in 2020.
In 2021, Felukah released the Kawkab EP, which featured her indie rock debut “Love on the Comedown” and marked the artist as one of serious range. Felukah’s latest project “The Love Serum” is currently being rolled out, with the latest release being an ode to women who empower one another and their societies — “Sterlini.”
Performing on 26 November
Bader AlShuaibi is a Saudi pop artist who started his career back in 2002. Even as a child, he impressed audiences across the GCC and the Arab world with his distinguished vocals, which made him stand out among his generation.
Now he has become an international name in pop – and even had a billboard placement in Times Square thanks to his collaboration with Kpop star AleXa.
Performing on 28 November 2022
Patoranking, born Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie in May 1990, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town, Patoranking hails from Onicha, Ebonyi State.
He started his music career doing underground collaborations and signed a record deal with K-Solo's Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing "Up in D Club" under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song "Alubarika". In February 2014, he signed a record deal with Foston Musik and released "Girlie O", a single that put him in the limelight. On 9 February 2015, Patoranking announced on Instagram that he signed a distribution deal with VP Records.
On 28 September 2020, Patoranking released a song titled Abule which he released ahead of his album scheduled to be released later in 2020. He said in 2020 that he got inspiration for the song while playing football. Patoranking today is one of the most influential African musicians and one of the most sought after Dancehall acts with an explosive live show.
Performing on 29 November 2022
Nora Fatehi is the most followed Arab artist in the world on Instagram with 42 million followers and counting, along with a collective 7 billion views on YouTube on her featured videos. She became the first Arab African female artist to hit 1 billion on a single unit on YouTube with her hit song ‘Dilbar’.
Nora was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, by parents of Moroccan origin. She speaks English, Arabic, Moroccan dialect and Hindi.
Nora moved to India to pursue her dream in acting and performance in Hindi cinema, debuting in the Hindi action film ‘Roar: Tigers of the Sunderbans’. She built a successful career in hit movies like ‘Baahubali’ (in the song ‘Manohari’) and by dancing in Indian reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9’.
She became an international star with her smash hit ‘Dilbar’, which was featured in Bollywood movie ‘Satyamave Jayate’. The song made her a star overnight as it broke all possible records on all streaming platforms. It was the first song ever to hit 20 million views in less than 24 hours.
She had made her singing debut back in 2018 when she sang and produced the Arabic-language version of ‘Dilbar’ along with Moroccan band Fnaire, which gained her a huge Arab following.
Since then, she has received huge appreciation and positive reviews for her role in the movie ‘Batia House’, in which she played a small-town girl and also performed another dance number, ‘O Saki Saki’, which was another a huge hit and reached 20 million views in less than 24 hours. In 2020, she became a popular judge on India’s Best Dancer, one of the top shows in India, her presence increasing the show’s ratings.
Performing on 30 November
Omar Ismael Montes Moreno is a Spanish singer and media personality, who has achieved great success all over the Spanish music scene with his songs ‘Alocao’, ‘Solo’ and ‘La Rubia (Remix 2)’, achieving several platinum and gold record certifications throughout his career.
He is also known for his appearances on reality TV shows, such as ‘Mujeres y Hombres y Viceversa’, ‘Gran Hermano VIP’ and ‘Supervivientes’, as well as for his relationship with Isa Pantoja, the daughter of one of the most famous female singers in Spain, Isabel Pantoja.
In 2021, Amazon Prime Video released a documentary series ‘El Principito es Omar Montes’, composed of four episodes storying his beginnings in Pan Bendito to his subsequent rise to fame.
More recently, he debuted as a runway model for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid in September, working with fashion designer Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada.
Performing on 2 December 2022
DJ Aseel is a Dubai based Arabic music DJ. Aseel has been building up his music career since his teens, exploring the various types of music around the world. Today he is one of the most decorated DJs in the Emirates.
DJ Aseel started his career in 2007 with a dream of witnessing the Arabic revolution of music. After seeing DJ giants like Tiësto break into the market, he wished to begin a movement that could see Arab DJs having the same type of success. Today DJ Aseel has had residencies in places like the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, the Cash Club and the H Hotel. DJ Aseel is quickly becoming a personality in Dubai, and beyond, something he believes can propel Arab music forward.
The customs and traditions of Arab music have always intrigued audiences and DJ Aseel hopes to integrate them into his music. Besides sampling various tracks, DJ Aseel incorporates elements of traditional Arabian music into his mixes, giving the music a unique flavour.
Performing on 3 December 2022
French rapper and producer Gims (real name Gandhi Djuna) is a hit-making solo artist, the founder of French Universal Music subsidiary Monstre Marin Corporation, and a former member of the groups 3ème Prototype and Sexion d'Assaut.
Born in the Congo, Gims moved to France with his family when he was 2 years old. The MC grew up surrounded by music as he is the son of vocalist Djuna Djanana. His first solo single was released in 2006, yet several years passed before he was able to concentrate on his own work.
In May 2013, he released his first solo album ‘Subliminal’ which was aided by the chart-topping success of the single ‘J'me Tire’. The set narrowly missed the top spot on France's official SNEP album chart. That all changed with the arrival of the second album, the platinum-selling double-LP ‘Mon coeur avait raison’, reaching number one in both France and Belgium.
2018's ‘Ceinture noire’ was also a success and featured guest spots from a host of artists including Lil Wayne, Sofiane, and Vianney. ‘Transcendence’ – a reissued and reworked version of the album – arrived the following year and featured contributions from Maluma and J Balvin, Dadju, Vitaa and Sting.
Performing on 20 and 27 November
VIVO DJ Khaled Mamdouh
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Miami Band are a Khaliji style band from Kuwait, known for their fast and frantic style. The band's beginning dates back to 1986 when the band had not released any albums yet.
The founders included Tariq Qassem Muhammad, Mishaal Saleh Lili, Adnan, Hussein and Ahmed. Today’s line up consits of Tariq Qassem Muhammed, Khaled Al Randi, Lily Lili Muhammad and Mishaal Saleh Lilly.
Being amongst the best live bands in the Gulf region, Miami Band’s shows are wild music performances with a lot of movement and power.
Performing on 7 December 2022
4Love has brought the iconic Latin American countries together of Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico and Venezuela. They are the first ever Gen Z Latina Girls Band, offering a fresh and joyful reset that adds a splash of colour, uplifting vibes and inspirational creativity to the music world.
The band’s values and pillars rest on unleashing the power of sound to inject fun and joy, giving voice to women and girls to reach their full potential, sparking creativity and spreading love and happiness from Latin America to the globe.
Performing on 8 December 2022
Julian Marley and The Uprising
Born in London, England on June 4, 1975, Julian Marley is the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Barbados-born Lucy Pounder. Growing up as a youth in a musical atmosphere, the Grammy Award Nominated roots-reggae musician, singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian quickly adopted a musical lifestyle and became a skilful, self-taught musician mastering the bass, drums, guitar and keyboards from an early age.
In 2005, along with the Marley family, Julian embarked on a series of ‘Africa Unite’ performances which began in Ethiopia and included Ghana in 2006 and Jamaica in 2008. At the invitation of the Jamaican government, Julian Marley and The Uprising performed during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, and celebrated alongside Jamaica’s gold medal-winning runner, Usain Bolt.
In 2009, Julian Marley’s career rose to new heights with the success of his Grammy Award nominated release entitled ‘Awake’ released on Ghetto Youths/ Universal Music Group. Julian still tours the world and brings his pure Reggae to the people.
Performing on 9 December 2022
Myrath (Arabic for "Legacy") is a Tunisian progressive rock band based in France and formed in 2001 by guitarist Malek Ben Arbia. The band has been noted for its mix of Arabic and Middle Eastern instrumentation with power metal and progressive rock, and is considered one of the most renowned bands in oriental rock music.
Myrath call their own sound "blazing desert metal". Myrath are the first band from Tunisia to be signed to a record label outside the country. In 2017, Myrath performed in their native Tunisia for the first time in three years, with a concert at the historic Theatre of Carthage, which was recorded for an epic live album.
Performing on 10 December 2022
Producer, DJ and songwriter Calvin Harris stands as the figurehead for modern dance music, having broken world records and dominated the charts.
He has over 35 billion combined audio and video streams in his career history, making him one of the most viewed artists on YouTube and one of Sony Music’s biggest streaming artists.
Calvin has collaborated with global artists including Frank Ocean, Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott to name but a few. His work has garnered a number of top music awards and nominations, including 14 MTV VMA nominations and two wins, five Grammy nominations and a 2013 Grammy Award win in the Best Music Video category for ‘We Found Love’.
Performing on 11 December for Retro Night
When Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden first went on the road as Boyzlife – the supergroup made up of the former Boyzone and Westlife members – they never imagined that six years later they would be preparing to release an album of original material.
“The whole concept of the band at the start was that we wanted to do an autobiographical show,” says Keith. “Instead of doing what everybody else does and write their life experiences through the music business in a book for people to read, we decided to actually tell people the stories out loud.”
As members of two of the most successful boy bands in the world – which collectively sold over 55 million records around the world and racked up a whopping 17 number one singles in the UK – Keith and Brian had some stories to tell!
Scattered among these stories, the duo performed several of Westlife’s and Boyzone’s biggest hits. It was a recipe for success. After the first tour finished, the group quickly took their show out on the road again. Demand was so high that they developed a bigger show, one more focused on the songs from Westlife’s and Boyzone’s iconic catalogues.
Naturally, with such success, conversations started about the possibility of Boyzlife recording new music. Ultimately, Keith and Brian did something that would close the chapter of the last 25 years of their lives.
Teaming up with the world-renowned 84-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, they released their debut album ‘Strings Attached’ in 2020. Immediately after its release, the record topped both the UK’s and Ireland’s iTunes and Amazon music charts, and charted at number 12 on the UK Official Album Chart.
Performing on 11 December for Retro Night
Chesney Hawkes was catapulted to fame in 1991 as the lead in the now cult classic ‘Buddy’s Song’ – a coming of age film in which Chesney starred alongside Roger Daltrey.
His debut single ‘The One and Only’ was released as part of the soundtrack and became an instant hit at home and abroad, shooting to the top of the charts in the UK and making the top 10 stateside.
Many albums and a rigorous touring schedule followed, as well as countless TV, film and theatre appearances.
As the son of legendary The Tremeloes lead singer Chip Hawkes, music has always run through Chesney’s veins. This is reflected in his recent well-received career-spanning boxset ‘The Complete Picture’, which was released on Chrysalis records earlier this year.
In 2023, Chesney will release his long-awaited debut collaboration with global, superstar producer Jake Gosling and embark on a European tour.
He also co-hosts the podcast ‘Ferguson Harrington Hawkes’, which is available on all major platforms.
Chesney currently resides in LA with his family and continues to write, produce and perform across the globe
Performing on 11 December for Retro Night
Since forming in 1997, UK band Toploader have over 2 million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits at home and abroad.
Their debut album ‘Onka’s Big Moka’ sold over 1 million copies and remained in the UK album chart’s top 5 for over six months, earning them four Brit Award nominations.
In 2000, their cover of ‘Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit, spending over a year in European Airplay Charts and transforming Toploader into a household name.
In 2013, the same track re-entered the Top 40 for three weekends and topped the 10 million hits mark on YouTube – an incredible 13 years after it was first released, cementing it as one of the biggest songs of recent times.
Their second album ‘Magic Hotel’ reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart and saw the band embark on the biggest tour of their careers, playing to over 100,000 people in the UK alone.
With a reputation as a genuine crowd-pleasing live band, Toploader have backed the likes of Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tom Jones, Simple Minds and Bon Jovi, where they became the last British band to play at the original Wembley Stadium. They have also appeared at a host of festivals including Glastonbury, V Festival and T in the Park.
Performing on 12 December 2022
Hassan Shakosh is an Egyptian singer famous for his songs that reflect the uniqueness and aspirations of life in the Arab world, while maintaining an uplifting pop sound. He gained massive popularity for his songs ‘Mahragan Bent El Geran’ and ‘Habibty’.
His followership on social media grew rapidly in the past years – gaining 6 million followers on Facebook – through his massive fan interaction and lifestyle posts. Growing up in Giza, Egypt, Hassan Shakosh found his passion for singing in the streets where he heard a vast variety of sounds and music. The music video for his song ‘Habibty’ reached 100 million views in 2021.
Performing on 13 and 14 December 2022
A DJ and producer from Saudi Arabia, Cosmicat is an EDM artist with a versatile musical background. She grew up listening to pop, disco, R&B, hip hop and the influence of these sounds are noticeable on her music selection: vocal tracks, contagious groove, samples from the 90’s and early 2000’s mixed with underground techno rumble. Her current focus is Melodic and progressive house music.
Cosmicat is a self-taught musician buying her first equipment online then beginning her self-study journey in her bedroom – mixing and attempting to compose music starting from scratch. She was driven by her natural understanding of how music should flow and alongside sound design knowledge she could access online.
She worked her way up from the local Saudi underground music scene since 2018 and paved the way for other Saudi female musicians to follow. She takes her passion for music seriously and writes, vocalises and produces her own music.
Most recently Cosmicat has been touring the world to play in large scale music festivals such as MDLBEAST's Soundstorm, Exit Festival and Tomorrowland.
Performing on 15 December
Paul van Dyk
From discovering electronic music on the radio in his mother’s kitchen to headlining clubs and festivals around the world, Paul van Dyk has earned a reputation as not only one of the most prolific artists in trance, but as an icon of dance culture.
Growing up in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin wall, one of van Dyk’s first DJ gigs was at the then-newly opened club and future landmark Tresor, which was a good omen of his achievements to come. Paul van Dyk has had a residency in the world party capital of Ibiza since 1999, the longest-running residency in the history of the White Isle. His performances at Berlin’s iconic Love Parade routinely attracted crowds of up to a million, which still pales in comparison to the 1.3 million people that witnessed his New Year’s Eve show in Rio de Janeiro in 2008, a record-setting crowd at the time.
With eight studio albums and countless singles and remixes to his name, Paul van Dyk shines just as brightly as a producer. His 1994 release ‘For An Angel’ is regarded by Mixmag as one of the greatest dance tracks of all time, and his third LP ‘Reflections’ was nominated for a Grammy. He has remixed some of electronic music’s biggest names – from Deep Dish, Faithless to Underworld, just to name a few. In addition, he remixed tracks by pop and rock music icons, including Madonna, Britney Spears, Depeche Mode and U2. His music can be heard in films such as ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ and ‘Zurdo’ (the latter earning him a Mexican Academy Award for best soundtrack), as well as for commercials and video games.
His radio show – VONYC Sessions – broadcasts to over 100 stations across the globe, amassing 21 million listeners and 3.5 million podcast downloads per month. Over 600 sessions later, VONYC Sessions has become one of the essential radio shows, not only in trance, but in dance music generally.
He has been recognised for his charitable work to help the disadvantaged at home and abroad, receiving Berlin’s Medal of Honour and MTV’s Chiuku award, as well as supporting public interest initiatives, such as Rock the Vote.
Performing on 16 December
Clean Bandit is an electronic band from the UK. In 2008, Grace Chatto and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson formed the group in Cambridge. At the FIFA Fan Festival™, Clean Bandit will perform a DJ set with live vocalist.
Clean Bandit focuses on different music styles including electropop, dance-pop, classical crossover, and electronic. Most of their hits are a blend of dance and classical music and they are known for mixing classical music with electronic pieces by composers like Shostakovich and Mozart. Clean Bandit have worked with celebrated vocalists on many occasions, which helped push them to stardom. They have collaborated with Jess Glynne, Zara Larsson, Marina, Anne Marie, Demi Lovato, Luis Fonsi, Julia Michaels and Ellie Goulding.
Their debut single ‘A+E’ was rolled out in 2012, which received wide acclaim. The next year ‘Mozart’s House’ secured the 17th spot on the UK Singles Chart. In 2014, Clean Bandit outclassed their previous launches by releasing the chart-topping track ‘Rather Be’ in collaboration with Jess Glynne, which hit the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Performing on 17 December
His distinct voice, catchy rhythms and first-class production have been the perfect blend to propel Sean Paul to Grammy Award-winning, international superstardom.
His musical career took off in 2002 with the success of his second studio album ‘Dutty Rock’, which was fuelled by his Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers, ‘Gimmie the Light’ and ‘Get Busy’. Sean Paul has maintained his relevance in the music industry with recent hits such as ‘Cheap Thrills’ with Sia, ‘Rockabye’ with Clean Bandit and Anne-Marie, ‘No Lie’ with Dua Lipa and ‘Body’ with Migos.
His hard work and dedication over the years earned him many awards, as well as Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations. His accomplishments include an American Music Award, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Awards, MTV Video Music Award Japan, ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards and a Source Award.
He is the only Jamaican artiste to have won an American Music Award (2006) for Favourite Pop/ Rock Male Artiste, as well as the first Jamaican to be featured on the cover of Vibe Magazine. Sean Paul enjoys such accolades but focuses on remaining humble and making his fans proud.
The success of his albums and his affinity for live performances have brought him much fame. In addition to being the first Jamaican artiste to perform in Kazakhstan and Madagascar, the multi-platinum artiste has ignited stages in well over 100 countries, performing for huge audiences in some of the biggest venues around the world.