Preview for 2018’s top Abu Dhabi gigs

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Any year that ends with a dazzling firework performance from Katy Perry is going to be hard to top, but we have high hopes for the concerts coming to Abu Dhabi in the 12 months ahead. Before you get all misty eyed with nostalgia for 2017, take a look at the melting pot of performances coming our in the new year.

Jason Manford
Want a laugh? Well, this Manchester-born comedian and winner of the 2017 Best Comedy Gig in Dubai Award seems like the ideal starting place. Expect confessions and frank honesty from one of the biggest names on the UK comedy scene.
Dhs250-350. Friday, January 5. From 7pm. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park Area, www.800tickets.com.

Cairo Sound Festival

Egyptian music fans will be warming up their vocals in anticipation of this 12-hour showcase starring Mohamed Hamaki, Aida El Ayoubi, Khaled Hussein and Mostafa Ghazal, as well as Disco Misr.
Dhs195-5,900. Friday, January 26. du Arena, Yas Island, www.facebook.com/CairoSoundMusicFestival (04 320 0197).

Bob Marley’s Birthday Festival
Details are still light on the ground, but do you really need to know more than it will be a reggae beach party to celebrate the life of one of the music world’s most enduring international icons? This is the fifth year the global party has been thrown and the second time it will be celebrated in Abu Dhabi. Early contender for coolest party of the year? We think so.
Price TBA. Friday, February 9. Yas Beach, Yas Island, www.yasisland.ae.

Fifth Harmony
Harmonisers, the name given to fans of the US pop group, will scream at the top of their voices when the former US X Factor finalists go on stage in Abu Dhabi. The band has topped iTunes charts in more than 50 countries and will be bringing their multi-platinum song and dance routines to these shores in March.
Dhs250-400. Friday, March 16. From 7.30pm. du Forum, www.ticketmaster.ae.

Pink Martini Live
The region’s largest multidisciplinary cultural celebration, Abu Dhabi Festival, is back from February 19 to the end of March. There will be accessible and highbrow performances throughout, with an early bookmark being a concert by genre-bending jazz adventurers Pink Martini. These symphonic musical experimenters have graced stages around the world and offer a charming take on classical music and pop.
Dhs175-350. Wednesday, March 21. From 8pm. Emirates Palace, Corniche, www.abudhabifestival.ae (050 129 9103).

The Illusionists
But Time Out, we here you cry, with the comedy, music and celebration will there be any big-stage magic performance as well? Like a lycra-clad assistant emerging from a box skewered by swords we can reveal there most certainly will. How does the world’s biggest magic show direct from Broadway sound? A new show with new performers has been created and, when tickets for the event magically appear on www.tixbox.com, we will have all the details.
Price TBA. April 26 - 29. du Forum, Yas Island, www.theillusionistslive.com.


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