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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 18 November 2018

Dubai Jazz Festival 2016 first acts revealed — Toto to headline opening night

Vintage US pop-rock group Toto will headline the opening night of next year’s Dubai Jazz Festival.
Toto returns to Dubai after selling-out a concert in Dubai back in 2007.
Toto returns to Dubai after selling-out a concert in Dubai back in 2007.

Vintage US pop-rock group Toto will headline the opening night of next year’s Dubai Jazz Festival.

The nostalgia-friendly, 1980s hitmakers will perform on February 24, in the first of three concerts to be hosted at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.

Toto return to the venue after performing to a sell-out crowd at the festival in 2007.

Formed nearly four decades ago in Los Angeles, the Grammy-winning, quartet are best known for 1982’s radio-friendly hits Africa and Rosanna.

Support on the opening night will come from Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, a revolving collective known for quirky, jazz-flavoured YouTube covers of pop hits. Takes of Miley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop and Meghan Trainor’s All About That [Upright] Bass have clocked 14 million clicks apiece.

Taking place between February 24-26, Toto will kick off the 14th edition of the annual Dubai Jazz Festival, which claims to have attracted more than 428,000 audience members over the years.

The 2015 edition saw the event return to its birthplace Media City, in a slimmed down three-day format, after three nine-day events at Dubai Festival City. More than 35,000 people turned out for headline performances by John Legend, Sting and James Blunt.

“As we travel the globe, this appearance is one that all of us have looked forward to for some time now,” said Toto frontman and founder Steve Lukather.

“We are as excited about this one as our fans over in Dubai are.”

• Tickets for Toto’s opening night gig go on sale on October 21 at noon from www.ticketmaster.ae, starting from Dh325.