Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 17 October 2019

All night long: Lionel Richie set to perform in Saudi Arabia

It is rumoured that the 'Hello' singer is coming to Al Ula for the Winter at Tantora festival

Lionel Richie is set to perform in Saudi Arabia later in 2019. He has visited the UAE in the past, performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in April 2014 and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2016. Getty Images
Lionel Richie is set to perform in Saudi Arabia later in 2019. He has visited the UAE in the past, performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre in April 2014 and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2016. Getty Images

Hello ... is it Lionel Richie you're looking for? Well, he may soon be found in Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, September 25 the Winter at Tantora Twitter account teased a performance from the soul superstar, tweeting, "Hello! Guess who's coming to Al Ula this year ... Stay tuned for more info."

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of the back of Richie, conspicuously wearing a bedazzling, orange bomber jacket that read: "Hello!"

No details for the concert have been confirmed as of yet, apart from the fact the gig is due to take place in 2019.

Richie is no stranger to the region, having performed at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre back in April 2014 and at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November 2016.

Winter at Tantora festival

The Winter at Tantora season is running from Thursday, December 19, 2019 until Saturday, March 7, 2020, and is "celebrating nature, heritage and art at Al Ula".

The archaeological heritage site of Al Ula is set to open officially to the public in October 2020, but the Winter at Tantora festival aims to give visitors a "sneak peek of this amazing destination".

It is a significant time for tourism in the kingdom, as it is expected that by the end of 2019, Saudi Arabia will be open to international tourists.

Earlier this year, Saudi hosted the Jeddah Season, a cultural festival that attracted international acts to perform in the kingdom.

Everyone from Janet Jackson and 50 Cent to Liam Payne, DJs Martin Garrix and Marshmellow and K-poppers Super Junior performed in Jeddah this summer.

Next month, K-pop megastars BTS are set to perform in Riyadh's King Fahd International Stadium, on Friday, October 11.

Updated: September 25, 2019 09:31 AM

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