Kasabian bringing strings to Blended

Kasabian return to Dubai at the end of this month armed only with a string quartet for a performance at Media City’s Amphitheatre.

The more cynical musical aficionado may well consider a stripped down Kasabian performance with a string section to be akin to sending an army to Syria armed with water pistols, but the usual explosive aggression associated with the Leicester group’s live show probably wouldn’t be fitting for a line up also consisting of a Craig David acoustic set and Jessie Ware.

Blended returns for it’s second year on April 30th and May 1st, and organisers Done Events have pulled out a decent line up to follow on from the success of RedFest earlier in the year.

The Kasabian headline set will certainly be one of interest, but it is Craig David that also ignites an inquisitive tendency within oneself. The pop star turned radio DJ isn’t often seen performing in public these days, particularly in the UK. He chooses rather to reside in Miami (who wouldn’t?), only occasionally jetting into London for the odd radio gig. David was one of the UK’s brightest young stars during the early 2000’s garage movement, but was targeted by Leigh Francis for his Channel 4 comedy series Bo Selecta.

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No Bo Selecta

Francis coined the phrase ‘Bo Selecta’ and ‘Proper Bo’ in his Yorkshire accented, thick rimmed glass-wearing mock up of the Southampton born singer. He made him the star of the show, and the show became huge. As a result, Craig David became more notorious for his portrayal in the show with his piss-bag and side kick “our Kes”, than anything he did musically.

But he still has a lovely voice, and it will be good to see him doing what he does best in Dubai. Just nobody mention “Bo Selecta” OK?

Also featured during the course of the weekend are Robin Thicke (does he have more than one song?), old funksters Kool & the Gang and two men called Nico & Vinz (we don’t know either), one of the aforementioned duo wears a flat cap.

The Pizza Express Jazz stage promises to be really good too. The venue in Jumeirah Lake Towers is well-known for the quality of the music on show most nights, something which can’t be said of the majority of venues throughout Dubai. Visitors to the Jazz Express Garden can kick back with some pizza and listen to some of Dubai’s best original talent, that’s where we will be heading for sure!

Main Stage Line-Up

Thursday 30th April                                   Friday 1st May


Craig David                                                     Nico & Vinz

Jessie Ware                                                    Robin Thicke

Kasabian                                                         Kool & the Gang


Tickets for the event are available from 395AED for a day pass, and range all the way up to 2,200AED for people who like to pretend that they are a “Very Important Person”.