Dubai’s newest music venue, The Square, will host its second festival in as many weeks.
Fresh off of the DXB Blues Fest, which ends on Saturday, the venue will host Indie Rock Invasion. The concert will feature a selection of bands over two days, March 11 and 12.
Toploader, booked to perform on opening day, is known for its hit cover of King Harvest’s Dancing in the moonlight and a pair of hit albums: the 1991 debut album Onka’s big mocha and 2002 Magical hotel.
Also playing that night are Baskery, a Swedish trio known for their energetic approach to American folk music.
The next day, the dance-rock group Republica will take the stage.
Led by vibrant, flamboyant-haired singer Samantha “Saffron” Sprackling, the quartet enjoyed instant success with their 1996 self-titled debut album, which spawned hits. Ready to go and Gorgeous Drop Dead.
The British press hailed the group’s arrival in the 1990s, when girl bands – including Elastica, Lush and Echobelly – emerged on the independent music scene.
Republica broke up in 2001, only to return seven years later. Since then, they have been touring regularly.
Also on the bill is London singer-songwriter Emily Capell.
Located in the Inspiratus sports district of Dubai Sports City, The Square can accommodate a maximum of 1,500 people.
“It’s fully equipped with sound, lights and a medium-sized stage that can accommodate up to 10 or 12 musicians,” said general manager Anthony Youness. The National in a previous interview.
“It’s what we call a ‘plug-in-and-play’ place in that it’s essentially plug-and-play.”
Youness also confirmed that The Square will host a New Year’s Eve celebration with fireworks.
Updated: March 04, 2022, 12:11 PM