Brit rockers entertained the crowds at the Dubai 'Jazz' Festival
Time Out Dubai staff
The lowdown What: Deep Purple at the Dubai Jazz Festival When: Thursday February 21 Where: Festival Park, Festival City
It was the jazziest thing to happen on the main stage of this year’s Jazz Fest: Deep Purple broke out a short jazz rendition of ‘Smoke on the Water’. It was cute – but there was a palatable wave of relief when the quintet wound down the jazz hands to rip out the anthem’s chugging guitar riff in full. The legendary rock pioneers belted out a surprisingly heavy set, but while their musical chops have been well maintained since the band’s ’70s heyday, at the age of 67 frontman Ian Gillan’s voice isn’t quite what it used to be.