In association with Emirates Airline
50 Cent, Rita Ora, Eva Simons and MistJam revealed as first international artists for Virgin Radio RedFestDXB 2016
After two unbelievable years of bringing incredible live music to the UAE, a Time Out Nightlife Award for Best Festival (2015) and now having firmly established itself as a household name in Dubai and a highlight of the global festival calendar, Virgin Radio Dubai and Done Events in association with Emirates Airlines can today exclusively reveal the first of the international artists set to play at the 2016 edition of Virgin Radio RedFestDXB.
Set to take place on 11 and 12 February 2016 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, we suggest you block your calendars now for Virgin Radio RedFestDXB 2016. Fans can pre-register today at www.redfestdxb.com. Fans can expect two days of music from the world’s best hip hop, RnB, pop and EDM superstars. The 2016 festival is going to be even bigger and better than ever before – that we can guarantee.
Kicking off the announcements, we can announce that the headliner will be hip hop king 50 Cent, who rose to fame with the release of his 2003 album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which has sold more than 8 million copies. The Grammy Award winner has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has won 13 Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards and 4 BET awards – just to name a few. 50 Cent is also a household name in the movie and television world, and most recently was the Executive Producer and regular guest star of STARZ hit TV show Power.
Fan favourite Rita Ora will be making her Virgin Radio RedFestDXB comeback in 2016 – much to the delight of her Dubai ‘RitaBots’. Rita continues to grow from strength to strength: signed to Roc Nation in her teens, she released her debut #1 record ‘Ora’ (2012) aged 18, scored four consecutive #1 singles, including the Drake penned ‘R.I.P, joined forces with Charli XCX on ‘Doing It’ and Iggy Azalea on ‘Black Widow, while also becoming the face of Rimmel London and a collaborator with Adidas. Most recently, she has collaborated with Chris Brown on the single ‘Body On Me’. She has blossomed as a UK TV treasure, first as a coach on BBC’s The Voice and now as judge on ITV’s top-rated show, The X Factor. All hail Queen Rita!
Making her Virgin Radio RedFestDXB debut is Eva Simons, the voice behind 2015’s smash hit single ‘Policeman’. Eva has been playing music for most of her life, but it wasn’t until she wrote and featured on AfroJack’s breakthrough single ‘Take Over Control’, that she really found her voice. “That was the moment where everything shifted”, says Eva. Expect big things from this songstress – and we don’t just mean the hair!
Closing the party will be BBC1 legendary DJ MistaJam. As a DJ forget trying to nail him to any one genre for he’s from the school of thought where only those who’ve perfected the art of mixing need apply. His masterful multi-genre sets span all the sounds of the musical spectrum and regularly cause people to get bunions at some of the finest clubs and festivals around the world, including Fabric in London, Space in Ibiza, and Glastonbury Festival. It is this fearless approach to delivering the ultimate blend of music that has seen his army of supporters and profile grow at a speed that (a dramatically slower) Usain Bolt would be proud of.
“It is only two years since we launched this festival, yet it is already one of the most talked about annual music events regionally. The line-up we have organized for 11 and 12 February 2016 line-up is very exciting and once again we have surpassed
ourselves in attracting some of the biggest, best and most exciting current artists”, says COO of Done Events Thomas Ovesen. “Our phenomenal bill of artists is driven by Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4’s playlist favourites as well as superstars from the pop, RnB, hip hop and electronic music charts and is guaranteed to bring back the fans from our previous festivals as well as attracting a lot of new Virgin Radio RedFestDXB fans. So we are very excited to get this party started”.
Steve Smith COO of Arabian Radio Networks says, “Congratulations to Done Events and Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4 for again delivering another amazing chart-topping line-up for Virgin Radio RedFestDXB 2016. We are looking forward to seeing those great performers live here in the UAE and to welcoming the many expected visitors to Dubai to experience this wonderful event and to enjoy our famous Dubai hospitality”.