Sandance with Jamiroquai and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers
Little over a month after celebrating its third birthday, November’s Sandance will take a turn into funkier territory with both Jamiroquai and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers taking headline slots. While Jay Kay and co are taking headlining duties, it may be Chic who are most in vogue now – 36 years after they first set the dancefloor alive with self-serving singles like ‘Dance Dance Dance’ and ‘Everybody Dance’. A bang-on-the-money booking, the disco pioneers hit Dubai fresh from acclaimed festival sets at British Summer Time, Exit Festival and Glastonbury – where many critics singled them out as the highlight.
At 60 years old Chic’s dreadlocked leader Nile Rodgers may be the most in-demand guitarist in the world right now, after supplying his trademark string work to (and co-writing) Daft Punk’s recent mega-hit ‘Get Lucky’, which has topped charts in at least 15 countries and is currently the best selling UK single of 2013. Rodgers also worked on two other tunes from the duo’s new hyped LP, Random Access Memories
. As well as leading Chic, Rodgers has added his imitable touch producing and writing a huge list of hits for other artists, including David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’, Diana Ross’ ‘I’m Coming Out’ and Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ – all party favourites which featured on Chic’s summer setlist.
Jamiroquai are best known for dominating the UK charts with a string of ’90s hits including ‘Virtual Insanity’, ‘Cosmic Girl’ and Godzilla theme tune ‘Deeper Underground’, and have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Both acts will add a funk and soul flavour to the festival, with organisers saying that two more headliners are to be announced in coming weeks.Dhs295-500. November 15. Atlantis The Palm, www.itp.net/tickets/.