Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020: your essential guide

The massive music festival returns to Dubai Media City Amphitheatre

Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020: your essential guide

It’s back! Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020 is just on the horizon this February, bringing with it all the big acts, al fresco tunes and fun vibe we know and love.

In case you’re not in the know, headliners for 18th year of Jazz Fest boasts former singer of the Fugees, Ms Lauryn Hill, R&B and soul legend Lionel Richie, and California pop-rockers OneRepublic.

The three-day jazz extravaganza will be kicking off on Wednesday February 26, with each day starting from 6pm onwards.

The event has a long, rich history of putting on the biggest and best names from the world of music for three days every year.

Tickets for every night of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020 are available now via www.800tickets.com, with prices starting at Dhs350.

Without further ado, check out who’s playing when, how to get there and where to get a tipple for all the post-gig banter.

UPDATE: The timings for when each of the performers are set to be on stage has been revealed.

Ms Lauryn Hill, Lionel Richie and OneRepublic will be performing on the main stage between 10pm and 10.30pm.

As for the supporting acts, including jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra and British jazz and soul singer songwriter Bruno Major, these acts are expected to hit the stage at around 8pm.

Night of doo-wop with Ms Lauryn Hill
The singer used to front hip hop three-piece the Fugees, and broke solo with what is, to date, her only solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. Hill will be opening proceedings at the festival on Wednesday night, with support coming British jazz and soul singer songwriter Bruno Major.

One of the greatest voices of the past 30 years, she will be performing live in Dubai on Wednesday February 26, so expect hits from the Fugees era, such as Killing Me Softly With His Song, plus this absolute classic.
Wed Feb 26, 6pm onwards. Main performance: 10pm-10.30pm onwards. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, www.800tickets.com, www.dubaijazzfestival.com.

All night long with Lionel Richie
On Thursday February 27, legendary soul, pop and R&B singer Lionel Richie will be joining the bill, and he’s going to be bringing some absolutely massive tunes like All Night Long, Hello Dancing on the Ceiling and so, so, so many more. With support coming from jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra, Richie will treat fans to some of the biggest hits from his more than 40-year career, hopefully including tracks from his time with The Commodores, as well as his glittering solo career.
Thu Feb 27, 6pm onwards. Main performance: 10pm-10.30pm onwards. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, www.800tickets.com.com, www.dubaijazzfest.com.

Rocking with OneRepublic
Completing the bill are California pop-rockers, who will be closing the Dubai Jazz Festival 2020 on Friday February 28. The American band are known for absolutely massive hit Apologize, originally released in 2006, but remixed by Timbaland to gain the band even more recognition in 2007 and send them to the top of singles charts around the world. The band headlined the Dubai Jazz Festival back in 2013, so they’re back for their first appearance in Dubai in seven years.
Fri Feb 28, 6pm onwards. Main performance: 10pm-10.30pm onwards. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, www.800tickets.com.com, www.dubaijazzfest.com.

Post-gig pints

After-party on the beach, anyone? There aren’t many cities in the world where you can catch a world-class gig then head straight to the shore for some night-time seaside party vibes.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-1am, Thu-Fri 10am-2.30am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).

The popular media haunt always had a good happy hour, now offering drinks from Dhs29 from open to close. Sounds like a good deal to us.
Open daily noon-2am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9186).

garden on 8
Open-air vibes, long benches and, of course, that garden feel – garden on 8 is an easy transition from the Jazz Festival, and it’s only a quick walk over to Media One Hotel. Expect plenty of pub grub and a selection of house beverages.
Open Sun-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Sat noon-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Mr. Miyagi’s
Want a proper crazy party? Mr. Miyagi’s it s. Set in Media One Hote, expect hops pong, karaoke, some real Asian street vibes and a pumping night that’ll run through until the wee hours.
Open daily 11am-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 420 7489).

Tamanya Terrace
If you’re ready to keep the party going outdoors, rooftop venue Tamanya Terrace is your top spot, boasting tropical vibes, a laid back lounge and plenty of tunes further into the night.
Open Sun-Fri 5pm-2am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9184).

How to get there
While hopping in a Dubai taxi is always a good shout, the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is prime location for other modes of transport.

Dubai Metro
The Nahkeel Metro station next to Emirates Golf Club and right behind the American University in Dubai is about a five minute walk to the concert area. Take note, the Red Line will run from 5am to midnight on Saturdays through to Wednesdays, 5am until 1am on Thursday and from 2pm until 1am on Fridays. As for the Green Line, timings on Friday start from 10am.

Dubai Tram
On the other side of the Amphitheatre on King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, travellers can find the Media City Tram station, making it an easy walk to the stage. From Saturdays to Thursday, timings for the tram are from 6am until 1am, while Friday is from 9am until 1am.

From Dhs350. Feb 26-28, 2020. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.800tickets.com, www.dubaijazzfest.com.

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