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Jazzfest 2019’s first headline act has been announced

Snow patrol

Snow Patrol are the first artists to be confirmed for the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.

The stadium rock band are now booked in to perform at the three-day music fest that’s happening at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre between the 20th-22nd of February.

It’s not their first rodeo in Dubai, but it’s been seven years since their last visit (at Sundance, YES – Sundance, remember that? Remember it being full of rock acts? No? Us neither). Just don’t leave it so long next time please.

Snow Patrol got together at Dundee University, Scotland in 1994. Bit of music trivia for you, the band were originally called Polarbear – still very much on that winter vibe – but nah, good choice on the name change boys, we couldn’t imagine you as anything else.

The band were part of a huge wave of talented guitar-based music to come out of the UK in the 90s and early 00s. With catchy hooks, tear duct jerking key changes, and relatable, emotive lyrics, they established themselves as one of the shining lights within that Britpop crest.

Seven albums later, with multiple awards and concert tours under the belt, Snow Patrol are now a mature band with a polished craft, on top of the strong song writing and energetic performances that made them so accessible in the beginning of their journey to stardom.

We’ll be looking out for ‘Spitting Games,’ ‘Run (above),’ ‘You’re All I Have,’ ‘Set Fire to the Third Bar,’ ‘Don’t Give In’ and ‘Called Out in the Dark.’ 

They’ll be the festival’s first headline act, on the 20th February, and if they don’t round the night off with a lighter-waving blaring encore of  ‘Run’ or ‘Chasing Cars’ – there will be tears. There’ll be tears of a different kind if they do, of course. They’re just very emotional songs.

‘But Snow Patrol aren’t jazz,’ you furiously tweet. OK, but last year’s headliner, John Legend is also not easily classifiable as a jazz artist, but his show was in the true spirit of genre – nuanced, intelligent, theatrical, charismatic, beautiful.

Squabbling aside, these festivals are put on as entertainment. So let us entertain you, through Snow Patrol. See you in February guys…

More big announcements are to follow and we will continue to keep you updated.

Tickets will go on sale at Virgin Megastores and www.dubaijazzfest.com. AED 350 (Regular), AED 550 (Golden Circle), AED 750 (Lounge), AED 1,250 (VIP with food and beverage package). 

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