What’s On previews Paolo Nutini Dubai concert at Media City Amphitheatre. The concert in Dubai will be on April 10. Get ticket information.

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Almost a decade has passed since the world first heard the husky tones of a young, slightly dishevelled Paolo Nutini. Despite only being 19 when he released his debut album ‘These Streets’, he was immediately compared to legendary soul and blues crooners such as Rod Stewart and Otis Redding.

What really won listeners’ hearts, however, were his raw and intimate lyrics that told of love and loss. Most famously, his hit single ‘Jenny Don’t Be Hasty’ is said to describe his heartbreak following a real-life relationship with an older woman. The self-conscious Scotsman is well aware of the intimacy of his lyrics, admitting that his songwriting makes him feel “very exposed. You’re saying things that maybe you can’t even say to the people that matter because you’re too close to tell them”.

Paolo Nutini announces Dubai gig - April 10, 2015

These Streets went platinum and his follow-up, the jaunty ‘Sunny Side Up’, sold more than 1.8 million copies and made its mark when it jumped to the number one spot in the UK album chart in both 2009 and 2010. The second record also saw the floppy-haired singer-songwriter pick up an Ivor Novello Award for best album at just 23 years old.

Brought up in Paisley, Scotland, working shifts in the family fish and chip shop, Nutini was never destined for musical greatness. But he credits his Italian grandfather as his biggest musical inspiration. “My grandfather instilled a love of music in me. In the morning he’d listen to Scottish folk and in the afternoon it’d be opera.”

Paolo Nutini announces Dubai gig - April 10, 2015

April 2014 saw the Scottish soul singer release his third studio album, ‘Caustic Love’, which quickly became one of the year’s biggest records. After five years of anticipation, he has retained his soulful voice but traded in some of his boyish nature for a more mature sound.

“There are not a lot of days I feel like a rock star, nothing has really up and changed in my life,” admits Paolo. “I probably wouldn’t make the music I’m making now if I thought I was someone different.”

April 10
Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 6pm, Dhs295. Tel: (04) 3253330. Metro: Nakheel. virginmegastore.me