* Sir Tom Jones captivated audiences with an incredible opening night performance on February 22nd featuring cult classics. He was supported by New York live act favourites The Rad Trads.
* Mariah Carey owned the stage on day two with iconic hits including ‘Hero’ and ‘We Belong Together’. Musical maestro Raul Midon was the supporting act for the night.
* Closing night on the 24th dubbed a resounding success with Enrique Iglesias performing crowd-pleasers like ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Bailando’. Nathan Sykes opened for Enrique.
* This year’s edition introduced two secondary stages presenting the Anghami Sessions powered by Yamaha, showcasing exceptional local and regional talent.
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival proved once again why it has come to be regarded one of the most awaited events on Dubai’s entertainment calendar with the completion of its 15th anniversary edition at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from February 22nd to 24th. On the final day, the founders, ChillOut Productions were joined by their sponsors Emirates Airline and Dodsal for a ceremonial cutting of the cake to mark the occasion.
The three-day festival played host to Sir Tom Jones, Mariah Carey and Enrique Iglesias – three powerhouse performers who have made a mark across an international audience. The festival is the most recognised music event in the UAE and the region and has received more than 20 awards and nominations since its inception in 2003. This year’s edition, drew more than 37,000 guests including a large number who had flown in from different parts of the world exclusively to attend this event.
Opening night saw Sir Tom Jones dazzle with an irresistible live performance that traversed musical eras and genres and cut across class, age and gender barriers to demonstrate the staying power of a true star. He belted out hits such as ‘Mama Told Me Not to Come’, ‘Delilah’, ‘Sex Bomb’ and ‘Green Grass of Home’ and had the crowds singing along to his tunes. Sir Tom was supported by one of New York’s most entertaining live acts The Rad Trads, featuring powerful horns, a driving rhythm section and four captivating lead vocalists.
Mariah Carey, the original diva, took to stage on the second night and fans witnessed the award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer perform classic hits including ‘Hero’, ‘We Belong Together’ and her new song ‘I Don’t’. The high point of the night was when Mariah, dressed in a sparkly ensemble by LaBourjoisie, honoured George Michael with a poignant tribute of ‘One More Try’. The supporting act for the night was multi-talented artist Raul Midon. According to The New York Times, he is a “one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus”.
Closing night saw Enrique Iglesias lend some inimitable Latin flavour to the event and he interacted with the audience, pulling a lot of his followers up on stage and making them dance and sing along with him. Enrique was his usual charismatic self and thrilled fans by accepting some of their gifts including an Enrique Iglesias trophy, bouquet of flowers and a UAE flag. The show ended on a soaring note with a sexy rendition of ‘Hero’. Opening for Enrique Iglesias was Nathan Sykes. Having released two of his own tracks in 2015, Nathan has already topped the US Billboard Dance Chart with his debut single ‘Kiss Me Quick’ and embarked on a sell-out headline UK tour.
This year’s edition also saw the exciting addition of two secondary stages presenting the Anghami Sessions powered by Yamaha that presented exceptional local and regional talent. Rouba Zeidan and Postcards showcased on the first night, Blu Fiefer and Mougleta delighted audiences on the second night and Hamdan Abri of Abri and Funk, Layla Kardan, Soul Gorilla’z and Still Raw worked their magic on closing night.