The music insider feb 5

We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene

We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.

Citing personal reasons, fans of rehab-bound American starlet, Ke$ha will be disappointed to hear that her scheduled appearance at RedFest DXB has been cancelled. Yet female pop fans can console themselves with the news that she has been replaced on the bill by UK sensation Jessie J. And as an additional treat, British singer Rita Ora has also been announced as an additional late headliner. The two singers are joining what’s turning out to be an extremely strong line-up with Tinie Tempah, The Lumineers, John Newman and Naughty Boy appearing on stage in Media City.

RedFest DXB is set to take place on February 13 and 14 and tickets can be purchased at Next up, fans of the Irish dance extravaganza Riverdance are in for an unexpected treat next month as the Lord of the Dance himself, Michael Flatley is set to take to the stage for two nights. Taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on March 27 and 28, tickets for the event start from Dhs250, with further details on

Organisers of Dubai Jazz Festival have also announced changes to its line-up. Following a tumultuous year, which saw the alt rockers part ways with their longterm singer Scott Weiland, the Stone Temple Pilots have pulled out of a series of concerts, including their scheduled appearance here on February 13. If you already have tickets, you will be entitled to a full refund and the concert has been replaced by a free event, headlined by a tribute to pop funksters Earth Wind & Fire, so we’re expecting a fun night nonetheless. Now that should be more than enough musical excitement for one week.

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