Live music lovers rejoice! Sandance has returned from its summer holidays and is back, bigger and better, kicking the new season off next weekend with a bevvy of hot international acts, including The Fray, Mat Kearney(1) and Example(2).
Enjoy 12 hours of music, kicking off at 2pm and during the day you’ll be able to enjoy the sounds Krafty Kuts, then after dark The Fray(3) will be hitting the stage with a relaxed, sing along-to set. After Example and DJ Wire hit the decks, you’ll also have drum and bass superstar, DJ Fresh, the man dubbed “The Godfather of House Music”, Frankie Knuckles and electro DJ, Chuckie, to entertain you long into the night.
As ever, there will be plenty of food stands to chose from though out the day, so if you get hungry you’ll be able to nip up to the live food stands for some mid-dance munch.
Cost Tickets Dh275 in advance or Dh300 on the door. Dh450 for VIP tickets.
1. Oregon-born, Ships In The Night singer, Mat Kearney, will be playing the sunset session, so enjoy his gorgeous laid back acoustic tunes with the sand in your toes and the sea washing up, it’s always our favourite part of a Sandance so make sure you don’t miss it.
2. Example will be playing with DJ Wire, who has produced a host of Examples tunes and the pair released a mixed tape together, Example & DJ Wire Present the Playlist.
3. The Fray, yes the band that became the musical producer of every medial drama’s saviour with their 2006 hit, How To Save A Life. Expect a pretty chilled out set and even if you can’t reel off a host of The Fray’s tunes, we’re willing to bet you recognise more tunes than you expect to, You Found Me and Never Say Never are two of our faves.
Sharjah Jewellery Fair
If you’re looking to treat yourself to a little bit of bling this weekend, the Sharjah Jewellery Fair needs to be your first stop. The spectacular exhibition will be packed full of all the latest and greatest collections of gold and diamond jewellery and a fabulous selection of show stopping watches for you to browse or splurge on.
Expect to find everything on sale, with , pearls, gems, precious stones, loose pearls, pearl sets and crystals all also available over the weekend, and if you splash out more than Dh500 on one purchase you’ll be entered into a daily raffle to win exciting prizes from around the exhibition, talk about making your purchases work for you!
Expo Centre, Sharjah | 11am-10pm, Thursday October 4; 5pm-10pm, October 5 to 6; Ladies only hours, 11am-4pm, Saturday October 6 | www.expo-centre.ae/en