Sole DXB is back for its sixth edition, a three-day global street culture festival at d3 that brings together some of the finest buzz from across art, food, music, sports and style.
Artists confirmed include Kano, Pusha T, Goldlink, Serious Klein, and IAMDDB – hailed as one of the breakout stars of 2017. Each day also get an afterparty, with DJ Stretch Armstrong, DJ Shortkut, streetwear icons PATTA Soundsystem, and DJs Tom Crane, Dave Lubin, and Andy Baxter providing the flavours this year.
The Thursday evening opener is the usual free film; this year it’s Word is Bond, Mass Appeal’s new hip-hop documentary. Through dynamic archival footage, in-depth interviews and vertie excursion with artists like Nas, Tech9, J Cole, Rapsody and Anderson Paak, Word is Bond explores many dimensions of hip hop.
Sole DXB goes live on Friday 8th December, with a series of cultural talks including conversations with some of the biggest names in design, fashion and music – headliner Pusha T; Fragment Design founder Hiroshi Fujiwara; designer and style icon Jeff Staple; Peter Bittenbender, CEO of Mass Appeal; David Fischer, founder of global alternative culture platform Highsnobiety; jewellery designer Melody Ehsani; and Peter Jansson and Mubi Ali, founder and head buyer respectively of the hip Swedish sneaker retailer Sneakersnstuff.
Lifestyle brands on display include Asics, Nike, PUMA, and Reebok, but Japanese designers might provide some of the more interesting product on show – look for Neighborhood, Visvim, Wacko Maria, Undercover, Non-Native, and White Mountaineering.
Sole DXB’s Early Retirement concept store will also be present, and Swap & Sale will offer people the opportunity to source footwear heat like no other with a small selection of handpicked global collectors showcasing their wares. Basketball is sponsored by Nike and presented by hip-hop icon Bobbito Garcia; the Sole Ball Above All Classic, an open winner-takes-all tournament made up of 11 teams from the region, should get the blood pumping.