The pop-music icon Sting, the former of The Police frontman and acclaimed solo artist will take the stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on February 26, the second night of the three-day festival, and will be supported by the American violinist Lindsey Stirling.
The announcement completes the full line-up of the festival, with James Blunt and Christina Perry opening the event on February 26, and the R&B crooner John Legend and Esperanza Spalding rounding it off on February 27.
The Dubai Jazz Festival® is by far the biggest, the most awarded, and the longest running music festival in the region. It is the 1st ever multi-day music event that caters for all tastes from Jazz and Blues, to Pop and Rock. Over the years it has attracted more than 370,000 spectators, top international and local brands, and hundreds of artists.
His new tour could include a number of new tunes from his latest album, The Last Ship, which was released last September.
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, known on stage as Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor and philanthropist. He was principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1983, before launching a solo career.
He has included rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat in his music. As a solo musician and a member of The Police, he received 16 Grammy Awards, his first for best rock instrumental in 1980, three Brit Awards, including Best British Male in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe award, an Emmy Award, and three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording. In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to music, and was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014.
With The Police, Sting became one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Solo and with The Police, he sold 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters. He was 63rd of VH1’s 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q magazine’s 100 greatest musical stars of 20th century. He has collaborated with other musicians, including “Rise & Fall” with Craig David, “All for Love“, with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, and introduced the North African musical Raï to Western audiences by his international hit “Desert Rose” with Cheb Mami.