4 Emirates Jazz Festival
Now this is the big one. The winner of the Best Festival award at the Time Out
Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards last year, Emirates Jazz Festival is bringing out three titans of the, well, not quite jazz industry, but of their respective genres. Leading the way on Wednesday February 21 is iconic ’80s pop/rock four-piece Duran Duran
. Known, predominantly, for smash hit tune Rio, the Brit rockers provided the soundtrack for a decade (or two) with hits spanning across the ’80s and ’90s – including Girls on Film, Hungry Like the Wolf, James Bond theme A View To A Kill (which is still on our favourite playlist), plus tonnes more. Ahead of Duran Duran there’s going to be a massive, 12-piece urban jazz act hitting the stage, and they are big. Renegade Brass Band are a UK-based act with grimy R&B rap, samples and beats busted out via a full brass band – it’s a brilliant fusion, and their unique sound has taken them to Glastonbury as well as support slots for Jamie Cullum, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash and more. It’s going to be a big start to the weekend, which also features John Legend. The US R&B superstar returns to Dubai following a triumphant performance in 2015, bringing with him mega-hit All of Me, while in the midst of his Darkness and Light Tour supporting the album of the same name. Supporting John Legend is US singer China Moses, who will be bringing her smooth, New Orleans-inspired soul and jazz (with an English blues slant). Closing this year’s festival is none other Latin American icon Ricky Martin
. Living La Vida Loca, She Bangs, María and, who could forget, Shake Your Bon Bon. He’s supported by Latin music veteran Poncho Sanchez. Expect a fiesta with some great tunes. It’s looking like Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is the place to be. From Dhs342. Feb 21-23. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.dubaijazzfest.com.