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Sole DXB 2023: What to Expect at the Region’s Leading Hip-Hop Festival


Sole DXB is returning once again from December 8 to 10 at Dubai Design District. This dynamic three-day festival is highly awaited every year for an immersive experience that seamlessly combines music, art, fashion, and cultural exploration. Here, we delve into the many attractions that make Sole DXB a must-attend spectacle.

Musical lineup

At the heart of Sole DXB lies its soul-stirring musical lineup, promising to be a journey through diverse sounds and genres. Sole DXB as always, makes sure to have a little bit of everything to satisfy everyone’s musical palette. On Saturday and Sunday, prepare to be serenaded by the melodic raps of Nadine El Roubi, or be transported to the golden era of hip-hop with performances by Big Daddy Kane and Busta Rhymes, and captivated by the lyrical prowess of Joey Bada$$.

Sampa the Great, Soulja, Oddisee, and Tayeb Santo will add their unique musical hues to the canvas, creating a melodic tapestry that transcends borders and generations.

Speaker lineup

In between musical sets, prepare to engage your mind with the eclectic speakers’ lineup. Esteemed individuals such as Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, Nigel Sylvester, Azeema Mag, Karl Kani, and Maen Hammad will take center stage, leading discussions that traverse the realms of culture, creativity, and identity. From insightful talks about co-founding clothing labels, shaping cultural narratives, helping evolve the landscape of creative expression, and being a world-renowned BMX athlete, this collection of speakers has it all. A plethora of lived experiences that anybody and everybody could find inspiration and learn important skills from.

Fashion pop-ups to look out for

Sole DXB will also be hosting an array of pop-ups featuring both independent and renowned fashion brands, offering festival-goers the opportunity to catch up with their favorite established brands while cultivating relationships with newer ones. Independent brands like SN3 STUDIO, Les Benjamins, Be Indie, SWEY, and Claudette offer a glimpse into the future of fashion with their innovative designs. Meanwhile, industry giants like Adidas, Anti Social Social Club, Aspics, Diesel, and Wilson showcase their latest collections and most loved designs in the region.

Spotlight: Independent designers showcase

Beyond the mainstream, Sole DXB’s ‘Spotlight’ event elevates the festival experience. This multi-brand showcase is a celebration of independent designers from around the world, emphasizing sustainability, innovation, and unique perspectives. Kazna Asker, Retropia, All Good, Lilith, Near Twins, Chicagoland, and Reborn Vintage are a few of the names that embody the spirit of a new generation by pushing boundaries and redefining fashion norms.

In the fast-paced world of entertainment and creativity, Sole DXB stands as a beacon of authenticity and inspiration. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer, a fashion lover, or someone seeking to be immersed in a cultural kaleidoscope, mark your calendar for this extraordinary weekend. Sole DXB isn’t just an event; it’s a journey that promises to leave a mark on your soul. Join the celebration, and let Dubai become the backdrop for your unforgettable experience.

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