Touted Toto To Open Dubai Jazz Festival 2016

Tickets expected to sell fast following the 2015 edition three-day sold out record


Dubai, 20 October 2015: Legendary Multi Grammy-award winning US Pop-Rock band TOTO will headline the opening night of the 14th Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival® 2016, which will take place from 24-26 February at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.


The band famous for hits such as Africa, Rosanna, Hold the Line and I’ll Be Over You just to name a few are no strangers to Dubai or the festival itself where they performed a sold out gig back in 2007.


“David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams, and I, alongside the entire Toto entourage look forward to taking the stage at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.  As we travel the globe, this appearance is one that all of us have looked forward to for some time now. The set will feature a collection of repertoire that includes the hits alongside some of our favorite deep cuts.  We are as excited about this one as our fans over in Dubai are,” said Steve Lukather, frontman and band founder.


TOTO’s return to the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival® falls a year short of the 40th anniversary of the timeless band which merges a delightful mix of jazz, rock, power-pop and soul that helped them enter into the Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Their latest album TOTO XIV exhibits world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary and melodies that the collective genius of David Paich, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life.  


“With over 38 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility,” said Anthony Younes, co-founder and CEO of Chillout Productions.


“TOTO’s multi-generational, worldwide appeal is certain to act as a magnet for many people from the UAE, the region and beyond and we expect tickets for this night to sell out fast,” he added.


Opening for Toto will be no other than YouTube sensation Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ). These rotating collective of performers will bring a genre-busting, time-traveling musical experience, whose sound is best described as pop hits with a vintage twist. With 1.5 million subscribers and counting, PMJ crosses musical boundaries and generations with their distinct take on songs originated by artists ranging from Lady Gaga and The Strokes to Katy Perry and the White Stripes. Check out their videos here as they take pop music back in time:


During its 13-year-long history, the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival® has been an attraction for many international and local brands including Lincoln as Presenting sponsor for a 2nd edition, also has been attended by a total of 428,000 music fans. The 2015 edition was the best ever in terms of attendance as each day was sold out for a total of 35,000 over three days.


And according to a recent survey conducted by Dubai Tourism And Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the festival had a high repeat visits of 31% year to year, and 16% of those attending are tourists from the GCC and from as far afield as Russia, North America and Western Europe, testimony of the global appeal of the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival® which is believed to be the longest running live entertainment event in the UAE.   


Tickets are on sale starting tomorrow, October 21st at 12:00 noon exclusively from Ticketmaster on or 800-TM-UAE at the following categories and prices: Regular Standing (AED 325), Golden Circle (AED 695), Fan Pit (AED 895) and VIP  (AED 1,250).


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