Founded and organised by Chillout Productions, Dubai Jazz Festival 2016 promises to be bigger than ever. “Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival has grown from strength to strength since its inception back in 2003 and this year’s unprecedented success testifies the event’s perennial appeal and its ability to evolve in accordance to the ever changing needs of the region’s increasingly discerning and sophisticated music fans and concert going crowd,” said Anthony Younes, co-founder and CEO of Chillout Productions.
“We are already in advance talks with local authorities discussing various concepts that will further boost the popularity, reach and appeal of Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2016 and we hope that details can be revealed soon,” he further added.
Dubai Jazz Festival 2015 was a screaming success and it saw an all-time record high crowd of more than 30,000 attendees. The 13th edition of the event, also saw live performances by celebrated singers like John Legend, Sting, James Blunt, Christina Perri, Lindsey Stirling, and Esperanza Spalding.
Located in Dubai Media City, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre is an award winning venue with a capacity to accommodate up to 15,000 people. One of Dubai’s most crowded locations for music festivals, it has hosted a number of notable local as well as international events including famous concerts, festivals, business gatherings, and award ceremonies. Apart from Dubai Jazz Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, and the Taste of Dubai Festival are some of the renowned events held at DMC Amphitheatre.
Dubai Jazz Festival line-up
DAY 1: February 24 (Wednesday)
This ever-circulating collection of performers are extremely well-known for popular music in vintage style. With more than 1.6 million subscribers, PMJ is sure to kick-off next year’s Dubai Jazz Festival with a bang!
Known for hits such as ‘Africa’, ‘Rosanna’, ‘Stop Loving You’ and ‘Hold the Line’, Toto is an American band that plays soft rock. This multi Grammy-award winning group is next in line after Postmodern Jukebox.
DAY 2: February 25 (Thursday)
English singer-songwriter David Gray is scheduled to be the first performer on the 2nd day of 2016 Dubai Jazz Festival. Known for evergreen songs like ‘This Year’s Love’, ‘Babylon’, and “The One I Love’ among others, this indie-rock singer is known for his contagious on-stage energy.
Chris Botti featuring Sting
American trumpeter and composer Chris Botti is a Grammy Award-winner, the best and largest selling jazz instrumental artist in the United States today. Featuring alongside him will be the famous British singer and songwriter Sting. Get ready for a musical night you’ll never forget!
DAY 3: February 26 (Friday)
La Bomba De Tiempo
This team of sixteen percussionists perform in an extremely unique manner unlike anyone else. Originally from Argentina, La Bomba De Tiempo improvise on an unrepeatable show every time they perform as their music is generated through interaction with the audience, right on the spot on the stage!
After his 2014 success, Mexican-American musician Santana returns to Dubai Jazz Festival in 2016 for the closing performance. The multi-Grammy award winner will be in Dubai as part of his worldwide “Luminosity Tour 2016”, where he’ll be showing his fans a sizzling fusion of Latin rock with world music, blues and of course, jazz.