Idris Elba joins Dubai’s first Elrow XXL

Idris Elba will headline the Dubai edition of the global techno and house music festival Elrow XXL on Friday, February 17, 2023. Elba, best known as an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor who has starred in several major film and television productions, is also a popular DJ, and a regular performer at some of the biggest music venues globally.

Elrow XXL will be held at the prestigious D3 – Dubai Design District – which can accommodate more than 10,000 people. A highlight of the show will be the intricate and colourful El Traingulo de las Rowmudas stage, which has won widespread appreciation around the world and is being brought to the Middle East for the first time by Elrow for this event.

The purpose-built stage is expected to be the right setting for the multi-talented Elba, who is an accomplished musician, songwriter, producer, actor, and director, besides being one of the most recognised DJs worldwide. A major draw at the world’s biggest music events annually, his appearances include Coachella, Sound in LA, and Output in New York, UK stages including Ministry of Sound, Creamfields and Glastonbury, along with a residency at Hi Ibiza.

Elrow XXL, which will unfold over Friday, 17th and Saturday, 18th February 2023, is already being talked about as one of the biggest events of the year. Having been staged in 84 cities across 34 countries – including sell-out shows in London, Barcelona, Ibiza, Amsterdam, Madrid, Las Vegas, Antwerp, Frankfurt and New York – this is the first time the famed XXL version of Elrow – a nonstop outdoor carnival of fun, food and music – is coming to Dubai. As a result, anticipation has been growing around the event, as reflected in ticket sales. With tickets for the Saturday event selling out quickly, the organisers report that they have been compelled to release a fresh batch of 500 tickets for the Saturday event to accommodate the popular demand.

Elrow XXL is known for its visually stunning and flamboyant props, costumes, and performing dancers, and the Dubai edition will feature a pirate ship backgrounded against vistas of the Dubai canal, symbolically capturing the wild and adventurous spirit that animates the festival. Elrow is not new to the city, having hosted smaller indoor shows at Soho Beach in 2018 and 2019, but as the name hints, Elrow XXL promises to be an extravaganza on a scale that is unprecedented when it comes to stage productions in Dubai.

Greeting his fans in the city, Idris says, “I love Dubai. And I love playing Elrow shows. I’m looking forward to this one a lot!’ Apart from Elba, the festival features a long line-up of highly sought-after DJs and artists who will perform over the two days of the festival, including Armand Van Helden, Sam Devine, Sonny Fodera, Alisha, Arielle Free, R3WIRE, Wade and Chelina Manuhutu. 

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