All you need to know about the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2020
The first ever edition of the highly popular musical event took place in January 2003.
The first ever edition of the highly popular musical event took place in January 2003. (Courtesy: ITP Media Group)
Big-name sponsor: Since the inception of Dubai Jazz Festival in 2003, the past 16 years have featured more than 500 shows in the current three-day format and the longer, multi-event format of old, with over 500,000 tickets sold. In addition, the Dubai carrier has been the title sponsor of the event since 2003, creating a vibrant and culturally diverse musical experience. (Courtesy: ITP Media Group)
World-famous performers: In recent years, headline acts have included Mariah Carey (pictured), Enrique Iglesias, Tom Jones, Sting, Santana, Toto and Earth, Wind & Fire gracing the stage at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Last year saw rock heroes Duran Duran, Jamiroquai and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Alicia Keys take the stage.
Change in ownership: The Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival was bought from Chillout Productions by Done Events, a member of Arab Media Group (AMG), in 2018. Anthony Younes, CEO of Chillout Productions, said at the time: “We are confident that under the Done Events’ stewardship, the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival will continue to grow and flourish.” (Courtesy: ITP Media Group)
Major attractions: The 18th edition sees former Fugees singing sensation Lauryn Hill, legendary pop singer Lionel Richie, and American pop rock band One Republic, all signed up to headline each of the three evening gigs. Fans of the 44 year-old Hill can look forward to hits from her award-winning debut album
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. (Courtesy: ITP Media Group)
Powerhouse acts: Supporting acts from February 26-28 next year include British singer-songwriter and guitarist Bruno Major, New York contemporary jazz icons Spyro Gyra and US ‘joyful jazz’ outfit Sammy Miller & The Congregation. Major’s debut album A Song for Every Moon was released in 2017. He has previously opened for British singer Sam Smith on a UK arena tour in 2018. (Courtesy: ITP Media Group)