Olly Murs signs up for Dubai Jazz Festival 2014

British pop star will perform a Valentine's Day gig as part of next year's festival

British pop star Olly Murs will perform a Valentine’s Day gig in Dubai next year.

The former UK X-Factor finalist is the first headliner to be named for the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2014, TimeOutDubai.com reported.

He is the first of eight headline acts to be announced at next year’s event, which will take place at Festival City between Thursday February 13 and Friday February 21.

The move signals a poppier change of tone for the 12th edition of the event, which last year boasted a ‘Rocking the City’ tagline, attracting more than 55,000 people to nine days of music headlined by acts including Deep Purple and 3Doors Down.

In addition to the headline concerts each weekend, the festival will once again host five smaller Jazz Garden gigs on weekdays.

Since losing out to an X-Factor win in 2009, Murs has put out three albums, notched five UK top ten singles and earned four Brit Award nominations.

Last year Murs sold more than 250,000 tickets for his UK arena tour, while the singer is set to work with Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow on next year’s fourth solo album.

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Posted by: Gerrard

Anyone remember Jason Mraz at the Jazz Fest.....during his "Watching Paint Dry" tour?
I'll never forgive the organisers for the hours of my life I'll never regain (not to mention the cash).

Posted by: RayC

Dubai Jazz Festival is a sham in the name of "Jazz" music. It should be called "Pop Music" Tier-3 Festival, done with cheap budget. It used to be good back in the last decade when great Artists like Billy Cobham, Mike Stern, Randy Crawford, Jean Luc Ponty, Osibisa, et al used to come and perform. Now this festival is bollocks! I have stopped attending it for last 3 years. We now visit the North Sea Jazz Festival in Ahoy Rotterdam, in Curacao, concerts in USA to see & hear real Jazz and not this hoax. People who attend here are not Jazz fans but Page 3 partygoers. Its a shame & SAD too!

Posted by: one of the joes

Does anybody know why it is still called DubaiJazz Festival?
The one thing that has become extremely rare in this festival is Jazz.
Just be honest and decent - rename it to Emirates Music Festival.

Posted by: Mick

Lived in Montreal for close to a decade (before it went into the toilet) and it has the largest jazz fest in the world. They never went the "POP" route. Closest to "popular music was Chuck Berry & Ray Charles, R&B with Stevie Wonder & Smokey Robinson, Al Jarreau and Prince, Blues and Rock n Roll by Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Salsa & Cumbia with Balmore Estrada, Merengue with Papo Ross, Pop with James Taylor, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. Normally, though, it was acts like Mike Oldfield, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Norah Jones, Tony Bennet, Pat Metheny, Miles Davis. That was the talent at a true Jazz Fest. This is, as mentioned by RayC...is just a D-List cash cow. Train were the only decent act and they had no reason being at a "jazz festival". They could have held their own a a standalone show. Jazz Fest is just a "phoned in" name for a music fest that happens to, in Dubai, contain no jazz.

Posted by: Mick

Has anyone outside of Britain ever heard of this guy?
My first reaction was "who the ___ is Olly Murs" and remembered that this the guy that used to get in the way of my route to football news when the Sun was free online. I now realise that he is just another Williams/Barlow wannabe without taking the boy band route to get there. Let me guess.....televised contest winner like One Direction? Very few of anything else out there today.

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