By Sam Bridge
Line-up of world class music acts announced for concerts to take place around Saudi International golf event
A line-up of world class music acts will get Saudi Arabia to swing, rumba and rock as the Saudi International unveils superstar names for a trio of music concerts in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) at the end of the month.
The gigs, held on three consecutive nights from January 30 – February 1, complete The Ultimate Day Out that includes the best golfers in the world and family fun entertainment.
On January 30, Belgian born DJ duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike will take to the stage at the KAEC Outdoor venue in King Abdullah Economic City.
Over the years the award-winning brothers have left their mark on the electronic music scene at large, as they were recently named the World's No.1 DJs in 2019 according to the annual Top 100 DJs Poll.
Italian DJ Marco Carola, who was instrumental in the development of the electronic scene in the early 90s, will also join them for a set.
Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams will rock the crowds on January 31 as he plays his biggest hits including Run to You, Summer of 69 and (Everything I Do) I Do It For You which became an international hit, topping charts around the globe.
Latin rhythms are in store on February 1, as the legendary Grammy Award-winning flamenco band, the Gipsy Kings, will be the first on stage, followed by Puerto Rican music sensation Luis Fonsi, who will make his Saudi Arabian debut.
Yasir O Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the Saudi Golf Federation and Golf Saudi, said: “The Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers is set to be one of the must-attend events in Saudi Arabia’s 2020 events calendar. Not only will we welcome the world’s leading golfers and draw the attention of hundreds of millions of viewers from across the globe, off the course we will witness acts from some of the best-selling musicians of all time.
"It’s going to be an incredible week and, with so many other activities taking place for people of all ages, one that provides the ultimate day out whether you are currently a golfer or not.”
Ryder Cup golf legends Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood will all be returning to the kingdom to play in the Saudi International, starting on January 30, after making their respective Saudi Arabia debuts at last year’s tournament.
Also returning to the Royal Greens will be world number 30 Matt Wallace and Major winners Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell, who will both be making their Saudi International debuts.
Organisers said the 2020 Saudi International will boast the strongest golf line-up on the Middle East swing with world number one Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Henrik
Stenson some of the other stars confirmed.