Dubai Jazz Festival
Dubai Jazz Festival

Hello, is it the Dubai Jazz Festival you’re looking for? Lionel Richie and more play the three-day festival

Lionel Richie, Ms Lauryn Hill, One Republic and many more play the 18th edition of the Dubai Jazz Festival from February 26-28.

There are many, many great reasons we love Dubai. The winter weather, the great outdoors and the city’s music festivals are three in particular.

And for three magical days, those three things combine together to create the Dubai Jazz Festival. Now in its 18th year, the festival pulls together a wide variety of acts and artists loosely covered under the jazz genre.

The action all takes place outside in the gorgeous surrounds of Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Ahead of the weekend of live music, we’ve run through the line-up to give you a taste of what to expect…

Lauryn Hill

Name a more influential urban female star than Lauryn Hill? Don’t worry, we’ll wait. Until then, we’re here to celebrate the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

After fronting The Fugees to huge success, Lauryn Hill branched out into a solo career. And while she only released one album – 1998’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – it was a timeless showcase of her work.

Hit singles from the album include the still brilliant ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’ and ‘Ex-Factory,’ while the album was nominated for five Grammy Awards. Since then, Lauryn Hill has travelled the world with her brand of funk, soul and hip hop. Factor in her captivating stage presence and her incredible vocals, and she’ll tear the imaginary roof off the Media City Amphitheatre when she opens the festival on Thursday, February 26.

Lionel Richie

Just a list of song titles is evocative enough to get you ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ ‘All Night Long (see what we did there?). The evergreen American singer is as good as they get, with a career now into its fifth decade.

He broke through as part of the Commodores before turning solo, selling over 90 million albums. The Grammy-award winning artist is a big draw in Dubai and his headline set at the Dubai Jazz Festival on Friday, February 27 should be a night of ‘Endless Love.’

One Republic

American pop band One Republic are on hand to close out the festival on Saturday, February 28.

The band rose to fame in the Myspace era in the early 2000s – be glad if you’re too old to remember that time – and have gone on to sell nearly 20 million albums.

They’ve collaborated with a wide range of acts including Timbaland, Peter Gabriel and Cassius, and have a brand new album set for release this spring!

Dubai Jazz Festival runs from February 26-28 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Click here for tickets.