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Sole DXB 2023 is Back with a Bang!

Sole DXB 2023 is Back with a Bang!

Sole DXB makes a comeback featuring an incredible lineup of Hip Hop music legends, independent fashion brands, expanded sports experiences and the addition of remarkable artists.

Sole DXB, the eagerly awaited youth and contemporary culture festival, is all set to make a dazzling return to Dubai Design District (d3) from December 8th to 10th. This year, it holds the honour of being the first event in the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) calendar and the official host of Mass Appeal’s Hip Hop 50 event in the Arab world. With an extraordinary lineup of artists, panel discussions, fashion pop-ups, and photo exhibitions, Sole DXB 2023 promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Let’s dive into the vibrant world of Sole DXB through this comprehensive guide.

Sole DXB 2023: The Ultimate Lineup

Arlo Parks: The Rising Star

Grammy Award nominee Arlo Parks is set to grace the stage on Saturday, December 9th. Known for her fresh and soulful sound, Parks has taken the music industry by storm. Get ready for a mesmerizing performance that will leave you wanting more.

Kokoroko: Jazz Meets Afrobeats

On Sunday, December 10th, London’s seven-piece ensemble Kokoroko will take the stage at Rudy’s Diner, a lounge space strictly for those aged 21+. Their performance promises to be a captivating fusion of jazz and Afrobeats that you won’t want to miss.

Occupied Pleasures: A Glimpse of Palestine

In partnership with Gulf Photo Plus, Sole DXB presents “Occupied Pleasures,” a photo exhibition by Tanya Habjouqa. This exhibition provides a nuanced portrayal of humanity’s ability to find pleasure in the face of trying circumstances in occupied Palestine. Explore the dual meanings of occupation through Habjouqa’s lens.

Spotlight by d3: A Fashion Extravaganza

Dubai Design District and Sole DXB collaborate to bring you Spotlight by d3. This pop-up showcases independent fashion and lifestyle brands that embrace cutting-edge practices and community-led principles. Discover unique collections from designers worldwide, including All Good, Chicagoland, Homies Marbella, and more.

Sole DXB 2023 is Back with a Bang!

Rudy’s Diner: Where the Night Comes Alive

Exclusive Live Performances

On the opening night, Rudy’s Diner transforms into a hub of live performances for those aged 21+ during the day. As the evening approaches, festival-goers can win tickets to exclusive parties and enjoy DJ sets from Rich Fazo, Ayanna Heaven, DJ Brooklyn, Shef Codes, and a legendary performance by Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah.

A Week of Musical Delights

The musical extravaganza continues throughout the week with sets by Jyoty, DJ Clark Kent, DJ Koco, Dan Greenpeace, Frezidante, Patchoulee, and other unannounced special guests. Prepare for a week filled with diverse beats and rhythms.

Engaging Discussions: Talk Program

Icons in Fashion

Sole DXB’s talk program features discussions with industry icons in fashion, music, publishing, and design. Karl Kani, known for dressing Hip Hop artists from Tupac to Quavo, shares insights from decades of experience. BMX athlete and philanthropist Nigel Sylvester joins the conversation, along with AZEEMA, Noah Clothing Co-Founder Estelle Bailey Babenzien, Joey Bada$$, and musician Oddissee. Gain unique perspectives on their impactful journeys in the realms of fashion, art, and culture.

Sole Ball Above All (SBAA): The Excitement Continues

Presented by Shake Shack

SBAA returns for the 2023 edition, adding even more excitement to the festival. Presented by Shake Shack, this year’s SBAA features tournaments, rewards for winners, engaging competitions, and giveaway prizes. Get ready for some thrilling moments on and off the court.

VICE Presents SKATE by Vice with Cariuma

Skateboarding Extravaganza

VICE presents SKATE by Vice with Cariuma at Sole DXB, featuring exciting competitions, giveaways, and workshops. Experience the nostalgia of a skate park hangout in the festival’s heart. Inspired by iconic local spots, the bespoke flat land street-style skate area promises an authentic skateboarding experience.

Tickets are now on sale at www.soledxb.com and Platinumlist

Sneaker Swap & Sneaker Thrift: A Collector’s Paradise

Presented by YouBetterFly

A highlight of Sole DXB, the Sneaker Swap & Sneaker Thrift, presented in collaboration with YouBetterFly, makes its highly anticipated comeback. This event provides sneaker enthusiasts with a platform to buy, sell, and trade footwear, fostering connections with prominent collectors in the region.

Culinary Delights: Food and Beverage

A Feast for Foodies

Sole DXB 2023 brings a diverse range of homegrown, local, and independent F&B brands to the forefront. Explore delicious dishes from renowned vendors such as Chef Halawa, Falafel For The People, Goldfish Sushi & Yakitori, Shake Shack, and many more. Satisfy your taste buds with an array of culinary delights.

Brands and Activations

Les Benjamins: A Fusion of Retail and Entertainment

The luxury Istanbul-based streetwear brand Les Benjamins unveils an immersive pop-up booth at Sole DXB 2023. This booth is positioned adjacent to the main stage and offers a dynamic fusion of retail and entertainment. Explore the FW23 Collection, indulge in ice cream and coffee, attend henna workshops, and witness live t-shirt screen printing. Les Benjamins supports regional culture and artists, including Turkish rapper Lil Zey.

BMW Middle East: The House of XM

BMW Middle East debuts at Sole DXB with The House of XM, an immersive content space inspired by legends in music and art. Guests can celebrate their individuality through styling sessions, photo opportunities, and a rooftop lounge. The experience includes live performances, DJ sets, and exclusive F&B offerings.

FARFETCH BEAT: A Limited Edition Release

FARFETCH introduces FARFETCH BEAT, a limited edition retail program that releases curated products in collaboration with progressive voices in fashion and culture. Celebrate 50 years of hip-hop with exclusive items available at Sole DXB’s retail shop.

Power Horse Energy Drink: Energizing Streetwear

Power Horse Energy Drink energizes Africa’s cutting-edge streetwear brands hub ‘Street Souk’ at Sole DXB. This partnership showcases brands like Free The Youth, Severe Nature, WWYD, and WBF, emphasizing collaboration and creativity within the streetwear domain.

Istituto Marangoni Dubai: Circular Horizons

Istituto Marangoni Dubai presents “Circular Horizons” at Sole DXB, promoting waste reduction through repurposing components from past exhibitions. Explore workshops on upcycling, styling, stenciling, and illustration. Don’t miss the Dubai Swapshop for sustainable practices and customization stations.

On: A Hub for Creativity

Step into the On booth at Sole DXB and experience a fusion of movement, culture, and creativity. Enjoy a curated schedule of activities, including the Sole x On community run, silent HIT sessions, and workshops led by international influencers. The live customization station infuses Middle Eastern artistry into functional designs.

Washmen: Clean One, Give One

Washmen collaborates with Sole DXB 2023 to launch “Clean One, Give One.” Sneakerheads can refresh their shoes while participating in responsible thrifting. Winners receive weekend passes to Sole DXB by donating old shoes through the Washmen app.

Yango Maps: Navigating Dubai with Ease

Yango Maps extends Dubai’s comfort and ease of living to navigation. Plan convenient routes by car, public transport, or on foot, with features like detailed road markings, speed limit alerts, and an integrated ride-hailing service.

Tickets are now on sale at www.soledxb.com and Platinumlist


Sole DXB 2023 promises to celebrate youth culture and creativity, bringing together music, fashion, art, sports, and more. With an outstanding lineup of artists, engaging discussions, and exciting activations, this festival is a must-attend event for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of contemporary culture. Mark your calendars for December 8th to 10th and be part of the Sole DXB experience like never before.

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