The British X Factor runner up is the first headliner announced for the 2014 Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.
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.