Duran Duran to headline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018

Rio and Girls on Film singers to top opening night of 2018’s festival

Nightlife & Music

Absolute heroes of 1980s British pop rock Duran Duran are coming to Dubai next year, as the first confirmed headliner of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018 has been announced.

Famous for massive chart hits from bygone decades like Girls on Film, Hungry Like the Wolf and View to a Kill – immortalised in the James Bond movie of the same name – Duran Duran will grace the stage for the 16th edition of the festival, which will run from Wednesday February 21 2018 until Friday 23, with the band headlining on Wednesday 21.

Taking place at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, the gig will see crowds chanting out the lyrics to hit after hit, with huge tracks like Rio and Ordinary World sure to whip the audience up into a nostalgia-induced frenzy.

Remember this Bond classic?

Get in there early and get a special early bird promotion from noon on Wednesday December 6 until noon on Friday 8, just head to www.dubaijazzfest.com.

There will also be tracks from the band’s new album, Paper Gods, which charted in the top ten in the UK, and features massive artists including Mark Ronson, John Frusciante, Mr Hudson and Nile Rodgers.

“Duran Duran is one of those bands that stand out because they are timeless; they continuously deliver unforgettable music and will never need a makeover,” said Anthony Younes. “February 21 will witness a show of pure bliss – just bring your dancing shoes. Selecting them to headline the first night was a natural and fitting choice for our 16th edition; we are extremely proud to have some of the most internationally renowned artists in our line-up.”

More announcements are on their way for the festival, but it’s already off to a top start, and we can’t wait for the return of one of the city’s top festivals.

Feb 21-23. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.dubaijazzfest.com.

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