Some of the biggest names in pop, rock, jazz and more are about to take the stage in Dubai. We take a closer look at the two events you won’t want to miss this February.
Whatever your musical leanings may be, the next two weeks are set to offer the most essential gig-going opportunities of the year. And as they’re in Dubai, there’s absolutely no need to dig out your wellies and your most colourful rain mac (unless you really want to, and who are we to stop you?).
Up in the sprawling Festival Park in Dubai’s Festival City, Thursday February 13 sees the return of the emirate’s long-established Dubai International Jazz Festival, with perhaps the jazziest line-up of the past few years. Running until Thursday February 20, the event has a huge list of nightly acts, including American jazz drummer Al Foster and trumpeter Wallace Roney, British jazz-pop singer Jamie Cullum and American Mexican legend Santana, as well as pop acts such as Brits Olly Murs and boyband The Wanted, and American Colbie Caillat.
Also starting on the very same day is the shorter, yet no less exciting RedFest DXB. The festival makes its debut on Dubai’s music scene on Thursday February 13 and Friday 14 at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre – with promises to become an annual fixture. While Ke$ha may have been forced to drop out, British hitmaker Jessie J has slotted seamlessly into the recovering American popstar’s place, and will join the likes of fellow Brits Tinie Tempah, Mark Ronson, Rita Ora, Naughty Boy, John Newman and Conor Maynard, as well as American collective The Lumineers.
Dubai Jazz Festival: The full line-up
Thursday February 13 Emirates stage: • Juliana Down • Earth Wind & Fire Experience featuring The Al McKay Allstars
Toyota stage: • Tony Lakatos feat. Kirk Lightsey • Al Foster ft. Wallace Roney
Friday February 14 Emirates stage: • The Wanted • Olly Murs
Toyota stage: • Kirk Lightsey with Jean Toussaint, Tibor Elekes and John Betsch • Larry Carlton
Saturday February 15 Toyota stage: • Four 80 East • Alex Schultz’ Soul Gift featuring Sax Gordon and Raphael Wressnig
Sunday February 16 Toyota stage: • Jonathan Fritzen • Tad Robinson and Band
Monday February 17 Toyota stage: • Shilts • Deitra Farr and Band
Tuesday February 18 Toyota stage: • Matt Marshak and Le Bron ‘Sugaray’ Rayford and Band Wednesday February 19 Emirates stage: • Colbie Caillat • Jamie Cullum
Toyota stage: • Steve Grossman, special guest Silvia Droste • Sean Jones
Thursday February 20 Emirates stage: • Dubai Drums • Santana
Toyota stage: • Nestor Torres • Billy Childs Quartet