Get ready for an indie singalong! Ting Tings join Party In The Park
What’s On announce Ting Tings have joined Party In The Park with Richard Ashcroft (Verve) and Lily Allen. Get tickets for the new music festival in Dubai.
Brit indie favourites The Ting Tings have been confirmed as the latest name to join the Party In The Park line-up.
The duo – Katie White and Jules De Martino – are best loved for the monster hit ‘That’s Not My Name‘, while debut album ‘We Started Nothing‘ reached the top of the UK chart. Single ‘Shut Up and Let Me Go‘ bought the group further success.
Second album ‘Sounds Of Nowhere’, which can claim assistance from Calvin Harris and Rihanna, among others, yielded further top 40 hits in the shape of ‘Hands’, ‘Hang It Up’ and ‘Silence’.
Having drawn inspiration from time in Ibiza and New York, White and De Martino released their third album ‘Super Critical’ in October 2014, and have embarked on a worldwide tour, including a leg in Dubai for Party In The Park, where they join Richard Ashcroft, Lily Allen and many more.
Pop princess Allen will headline the main stage at the November 14 festival, while Wigan-born Ashcroft, 43, provides more than a hint of cool to proceedings.
The former Verve frontman rocketed to fame in the ‘90s with his band’s soaring violin-led track Bitter Sweet Symphony becoming a massive global hit in 1997.
The Verve split in 1999 and the Brit and Ivor Novello award winner released his first solo album, Alone With Everybody, which reached the number one spot and went platinum in the UK.
Having penned epic rock anthems such as Bitter Sweet Symphony, History, The Drugs Don’t Work, Lucky Man and A Song For The Lovers, Ashcroft’s songwriting credentials are bulletproof. As a frontman, he is renowned for deeply emotional performances.
Such is the power of Ashcroft’s songs that they are often chosen by fans to be played at their most personal moments. Ashcroft explains: “So much that fans have said to me is incredibly personal to them. If you’ve written any good tunes you will be involved in funerals and deaths, you will be involved in weddings and births.”
His talent has won him the respect of his peers as well as legions of devoted fans. Noel Gallagher famously wrote the track Cast No Shadow about the singer, and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has described him as “the best singer in the world”.
Ashcroft also joins the critically acclaimed Freshlyground on the line-up at Party in the Park at the Media City Amphitheatre.
And as for the headline act, where to begin. When she first exploded onto the scene eight years ago with her single Smile – which held its spot at the top of the UK singles charts for two weeks – she brought a vibrant, witty-wordplay attitude to the music industry, not to mention a wacky wardrobe of prom dresses and trainers.
With the encouragement from her showbiz parents (her father, Keith Allen, is an actor; her mother, Alison, is a film producer), Allen was a refreshing change in the world of manufactured pop, where every new artist seemed as if they arrived on a conveyor belt.
And her initial success was just a taste of things to come when, at 21, she released her Grammy-nominated debut album Alright, Still in 2006. Her second major release, It’s Not Me, It’s You, came out three years later and created even bigger waves, debuting at No 1 on the UK, Australian and Canadian album chart. Leading single The Fear held the No 1 position on the UK singles chart for four consecutive weeks.
But in 2009, the provocative pop pixie dropped out of the music industry to concentrate on married life (to builder Sam Cooper) and motherhood (they have two daughters, Ethel Mary, two, and Marnie Rose, one). During these years, Lily kept her fans entertained, not with music, but with a lively presence on Twitter.
But last November Lily, still only 29, made a triumphant return with her conversation-starting album Sheezus. The first single, Hard Out Here, a twerk-in-your-face jibe at the objectification of women and music industry chauvinism as a whole, let the world know that the charismatic and outspoken singer was back and taking no prisoners.
Set to become a regular fixture on the Dubai social calendar, the festival kicks off at 2pm and runs until midnight, promising to break the mould of the traditional gigs in the region and having more of European festival vibe, with several sounds stages. Guests can expect cool pop-up food stalls, activities and shows from extreme sports crews, street artists and more.
As well as the traditional performers, there will also be a Hype Clubhouse, showcasing international guest DJs and the best local DJs in the region. All that, right in the heart of Dubai.