Sting announced for Dubai Jazz Festival
What’s On announces Sting in Dubai at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2015. He headlines with John Legend, James Blunt and more.
Sting has been announced as the third and final headline act for the 2015 Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.
The 16-time Grammy award-winner and former frontman of The Police will bring his unmistakeable sound to the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on February 26, the second night of the three-night event.
The British-born superstar will be supported by 28-year-old American violinist Lindsey Stirling – formerly of America’s Got Talent – a stunning stage performer renowned for her energetic shows the combining her own classical compositions with with pop, hip-hop to electronic dance music.
Also featuring across the festival, which in its 13th year return to its original home in Media City, are John Legend with Esperanza Spalding, the acclaimed American jazz bassist, cellist and singer, (February 27), and English singer-songwriter James Blunt and American musician Christina Perri on opening night (February 25).
On announcing their latest headline act, organisers Chillout Productions said: “With more than 100 million album sales and 15 Hollywood movies under his performing arts belt, Sting is the real deal, a true star of iconic status and we are thrilled to secure him as the headline act for the festival’s second day.
“His ability to effortlessly and successfully compose and perform Jazz, Pop and Rock songs makes him the ideal artist to help us mark the evolution of Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2015 towards becoming an event that brings together a multi-genre fusion of international musical talent in order to perform in front of the world’s most multicultural and cosmopolitan audience.”
Sting, real name Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, hit the back time alongside Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers in the band The Police as far back as 1977. Smash hits like ‘Message In A Bottle’ and ‘Every Breathe You Take’ have more than stood the test of time, and fans can expect those, along with solo classics like ‘Desert Rose’ and ‘Englishman in New York’ when he takes to a UAE stage for the first time in four five years. He previously played to the Meydan crowd on race night in 2010.
As well as his musical achievements, Sting has appeared in 15 films, is a published author (his memoirs ‘Broken Music’ spent 13 weeks on the New York Times Best Sellers list in 2003), and is widely respected for his humanitarian work. In 1989 he and his wife Trudie Styler founded the Rainforest Fund, an organisation which now spreads across 20 countries in three continents.
This announcement coincides with the launch a new Sting-inspired play on New York’s Broadway that the Associated Press hailed as “thrilling with powerful performances, outstanding songs, and real heart. Simply beautiful”. The Last Ship, which is also the name of the star’s recently released fourteenth solo album, is inspired by his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised.
Organiser of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival are expecting some 35,000 people to attend the main gigs.
February 25 to 27
Prices range from Dhs950 (front pit), Dhs750 (golden circle), Dhs395 (regular standing). Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster on ticketmaster.ae or 800-TM-UAE