The Best Gigs To Catch In The Middle East and Africa

From Justin Bieber to Kendrick Lamar, here's your live music guide for the next five months

The Best Gigs To Catch In The Middle East and Africa
Yaseen Dockrat

Now that live music is firmly back on the agenda, your biggest problem is likely keeping up with who’s playing when and where. Allow YUNG to do the hard work and lay out your schedule from here until December with the best gigs from the Middle East and Africa.

South Africa

Justin Bieber Justice World Tour

Biebs is taking his much-anticipated Justice World Tour to South Africa and will be perform in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Maybe Hailey will come, too. Maybe you’ll meet her and all become friends.

September 28, DHL Stadium, Cape Town

October 1, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg



Grammy-nominated OneRepublic announced their much-anticipated return to South African shores. The band received such an incredible turnout the last time, that they decided to hold three events in the country –twice in the capital and once in Cape Town

November 15, Grand Arena, Cape Town

November 18 & 19, SunBet Arena, Time Square, Pretoria. (These are separate events)



Canadian Moroccan singer, Faouzia, is bringing her world tour Citizen to Dubai Media City as part of Dubai Summer Surprises. The artist will also perform in Tunisia and Egypt.

August 21, Dubai Media City

50 Cent

The New York rapper will perform at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai next month, so expect a back catalogue with some meaty industry disses. We know what you’re thinking and, yes, you will find 50 in the club next month.

September 30, Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai


Justin Bieber

After two nights of performing in South Africa, Bieber heads for the Middle East. The artist’s world tour extends to Dubai with two shows at the Coca-Cola Arena.

October 8 & 9, Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai

Abu Dhabi

Swedish House Mafia

The electro group behind “Don’t You Worry Child” were announced as the first headline act to perform at the Yasalam After-Race Concerts at F1 Abu Dhabi.

November 18, Yas Island

Kendrick Lamar

If the Yasalam After-Race concert did not make headlines with their first act, they’ve just gone and announced Kendrick Lamar as the second headline act. After a weekend spent in the fast lane, Yasalam intends on keeping your adrenaline pumping with Lamar performing some of his biggest tracks.

November 19, Yas Island



The band behind hit tracks like “Apologize” and “Counting Stars” returns to Riyadh once again, having performed at Diriyah’s E-Prix in 2018.

November 10, venue TBC

Soundstorm by MDLBEAST

Saudi Arabia’s favourite four-day music festival returns to the Kingdom’s capital. The festival will include some renowned local and international DJs.

December 1-3, Riyadh