Experiencing live music in softly glowing light is now possible in Dubai thanks to Candlelight. The acclaimed series of concerts touch on influential musical genres and artists while celebrating classical greats and contemporary hits.
The concerts are taking place in some of Dubai’s most magical locations, including The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates, L’Alliance Française, and the always astonishing Queen Elizabeth 2 floating Hotel.
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Featured Candlelight Concerts
A Tribute to Coldplay at The Theatre, Mall of The Emirates
This legendary British rock band has been electrifying audiences all over the world since showcasing their Music of Spheres album at Expo 2020 in Dubai. And this April, the Candlelight series is turning back the “Clocks” with a sensational concert paying homage to Coldplay’s earlier tracks. From the heart-wrenching, alternative strums of “Fix You” to the fantastical electronica of “Paradise”, the band’s ever-changing sound will be recreated by a classically-trained pianist.
It’s no surprise to see Coldplay’s lead vocalist, Chris Martin, commanding a piano with gusto and flair, and this enchanting Candlelight tribute is channeling the band’s renowned instrumental power. Expect to be blown away by expert gradations and melodies guided by the likes of “In My Place”, “Don’t Panic”, and more.
The original event is taking place at the truly plush Theatre at Mall of The Emirates. Tiered, classical red velvet seats and a state-of-the-art proscenium arch theatre are part of the charm of this creative hub in Dubai. Add the glow of hundreds of flickering candles and Coldplay’s anthemic hits, and you’ve got a showstopping Candlelight concert!
All Upcoming Candlelight Concerts in Dubai
Dubai’s Unique Candlelight Venues
The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates
Mall of the Emirates opened in 2005 and is home to over 630 brands, including fashion, sports, and interior design. You can dine at a wide variety of restaurants or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not head to the ski slope and see some King penguins? The Theatre is another world of art, music, and dance available inside the mall. Located on Level 2, the venue is a traditional space devoted to entertainment and education.
Created to teach French and its culture all around the world, L’Alliance Française in Dubai is now also the stage where some of the most amazing candlelit tributes take place. Here, surrounded by thousands of candles, great musicians will pay homage to pop-rock bands such as Coldplay but also to classical composers such as Mozart and Beethoven.
Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel
With a grand stage, the Queen Elizabeth 2 floating hotel, at Port Rashid, is the cabaret-style venue where some of Dubai’s first Candlelight concerts took place. Exuding all the glitz and glamour of a bygone era, the hotel is adorned with vibrant red carpet and velvet curtains making you feel like the main character of your favourite movie.
Dubai is no stranger to concerts, with one or two taking to the stage every other week. But without a shadow of a doubt, the Candlelight concerts’ lit atmosphere is unrivaled. Some of the most accomplished solo pianists, violinists, string quartets, and jazz bands will perform setlists that range from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to Queen’s “We Will Rock You”.
You can be sure there will be a Candlelight performance to suit your taste, with an exciting variety of concerts that whisk you away with a single note. Let the classical music pour over you at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates and L’Alliance Française.
At these magical concerts with a classical twist, the candle-music combo creates a parallel realm where audiences are carried away by each and every note played. The Candlelight series normally takes place twice each night with two back-to-back 60-65 minute performances. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show.
What do you wear to Candlelight? Candlelight has no dress code and there is no obligation to dress up in your finest attire—it’s not the opera. However, to save you from any drama, then think smart-casual with an emphasis on being comfortable, clean and relaxed.
Candlelight has been met with countless 5-star reviews since arriving in Dubai. Guests have said that the evenings are “a creative, enchanting, and new concert experience” and that “the performers were fantastic!”
“A fantastic experience!!!! Looking forward to more renditions of other great rock bands as well.”
“Musicians so talented, venue so fitting. Loved everything about the experience.”
“I enjoyed it a lot. Very entertaining. Would like to bring my friends next time.”
Don’t miss out on these spectacular Candlelight concerts taking over stunning Dubai spaces. Immerse yourself in an evening of awe-inspiring music and candlelight. Whether on your own, with friends, or a special someone, there’s a Candlelight concert to entertain everybody. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Please note: For the safety of performers and the audience, all of the candlelight will be provided through flameless candles.