DUBAI // Olly Murs will serenade Dubai audiences next Valentine’s Day. The British X Factor runner-up is the first headliner announced for the 2014 Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, running from February 13 to 21 at Dubai Festival City’s Festival Park. Murs will take the stage on February 14 as part of the first weekend of the event. Anthony Younes from Chillout Productions, the team behind the festival, promises a slew of high-profile pop and jazz acts to be announced soon. “This 12th edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival has been built on years of success, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for fans and artists alike,” he said in a statement. “Once again, fans can look forward to an undeniably great line-up, with more new additions that will exceed everyone’s expectations. The previous edition gathered more than 55,000 fans for the annual nine-day event.” Since Murs’s success on X Factor in 2009, the 29-year-old went on to release three big-selling albums with four singles including his debut 2010 single Please Don’t Let Me Go and last year’s Trouble Maker featuring the rapper Flo Rida. Murs will be in town to promote his latest album, 2012’s Right Place Right Time, which saw him take a more adventurous funk direction after the pedestrian pop of earlier releases. While information on other acts is yet to be released, expect a collection of contemporary and classic rock. Those looking for actual jazz shouldn’t fear as the Jazz Garden will also feature artists playing a collection of smooth jazz, funk and soul. Previous jazz festival headliners include The Script, Deep Purple, Macy Gray, Alison Moyet and Mica Paris. Tickets for Murs’s performance go on sale on Monday. For details, go to www.dubaijazzfest.com. For details go to www.dubaijazzfest.com.
- Aziza Brahim, singer and refugee, is bringing the songs of Western Sahara to the world
- Enrique Iglesias wows crowd at launch of Emirates’ direct flights to Boston
- In pictures: Early band highlights at SXSW
- In pictures: Musicians rock Carnegie Hall for Tibet House benefit concert
- Idina Menzel’s If/Then off to a strong start
- Regine Velasquez and Ogie Alcasid to headline Dubai’s SundanceLIVE
- Most Viewed
- Most Commented
- Most Viewed
- Most Commented
- Federal Traffic Council approves proposal to lower UAE driving age
- Men ripped off woman’s clothes in bathroom, Abu Dhabi court hears
- Ties no longer mandatory for Dubai cabbies amid safety concerns
- OSN blames rival for TV sport blackout in the UAE as fans will have to buy new set-top boxes
- Live blog: With the emergency workers at Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre
Album review: Pharrell Williams – GIRLS
Even when rushed, Pharrell cannot help but ooze an effortless, idiosyncratic cool.
Drawing in the crowds: the renowned illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre on picture books
The illustrator and writer of children’s books Sarah McIntyre says picture books are invaluable.
Former Gulabi Gang leader’s issues are with the Gulaab Gang film producers, not actors
The former Gulabi Gang leader Sampat Lal says despite her issues with the Gulaab Gang producers, she feels Madhuri Dixit's performance reflects her own life.
Artistic talent from Palestine
This Is Palestine is a week-long celebration of Palestinian art and culture happening in Dubai’s Meydan complex.
Five reasons why Eric Clapton is the real guitar hero
Ben East has five reasons why Eric Clapton, who plays the Media City Amphitheatre in Dubai tonight, is the ultimate musician.
Emirati director Nayla Al Khaja back to push movie limits
Chris Newbould talks to the Emirati film director Nayla Al Khaja, whose next feature is set to court controversy.