• Jamie Cullum is confirmed to perform at White Nights in Dubai on Saturday, April 8th 2017.
• Tickets will be on sale from October 5th from www.ticketmaster.ae and www.dubaiopera.com.
White Nights in Dubai, the first ever musical festival of its kind in the Middle East that will bring together a carefully curated collection of the brightest and biggest stars from the world of music, confirms Jamie Cullum to perform on Saturday, April 8th 2017 at Dubai Opera. The British singer will close this series of spectacular shows that will include Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE together with Britain’s leading Tenor Alfie Boe opening the event in concert together on Thursday, March 30th; virtuoso violinist David Garrett with special guest pianist Khatia Buniatishvili on Saturday, April 1st; the ‘Number 1 Opera Singer in the World’, Jonas Kaufmann on Thursday, April 6th; and superstar soprano Angela Gheorghiu on Friday, April 7th.
With a Grammy, two Golden Globe, two GQ Man of the Year, three Brit, three Sony Radio and numerous other nominations and awards under his belt, Jamie Cullum is a success story around the planet. He is the most successful UK jazz artist ever, having sold over 10 million albums worldwide. It’s through jazz that Jamie first made his mark but it is his knowledge and love of all music that has helped propel him onto the world stage.
As a jazz pianist on the British function circuit, Jamie had played over a thousand shows before he graduated. He self-funded his first Album, ‘Heard It All Before’ and reinvested this profit into a new recording, ‘Pointless Nostalgic’, this time recorded with seasoned jazz players. As he was applying the finishing touches to the record, eminent jazz producer Alan Bates, approached Jamie to release the record on his Candid Records (home to classics by Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln and more recently, Stacey Kent). The original combination of Jazz and Rock garnered him attention that led to a spot on renowned UK broadcaster Michael Parkinson’s TV show. This was the start of the meteoric rise of his career, triggered by a bidding war between music labels.
The first album under the Universal deal ‘Twentysomething’ earned Jamie eleven platinum, eleven gold and two silver sales awards. Sessions were squeezed in-between a summer of jazz, rock and pop festivals, a three week residency at the legendary Oak Room in The Algonquin Hotel, the BBC Jazz Awards, a private performance for Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate her 50 years on the throne and the filming of ITVs flagship arts broadcast the South Bank Show.
Such a smash record demanded a speedy follow up in the form of his ‘Catching Tales’ album. Highlights of his tour included his first shows at Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall. In the same year, Clint Eastwood asked Jamie to contribute to the score and write the theme tune for his acting swan song Gran Torino. A huge success, the song received another Grammy nomination and brought a new audience to Jamie’s work, and it remains an emotional mainstay of his captivating live sets.
Ten years on from his first major recording contract, Jamie and Universal entered into a new deal that moved his label base to the iconic Island Records, historic home of U2, Bob Marley and Grace Jones and current label of Mumford & Sons, Disclosure and Florence and the Machine. His artistic freedom guaranteed Jamie created his most mainstream song based album yet, ‘Momentum’. This allowed him to continue onto his jazz roots to produce ‘Interlude’ in three studio days.
With his undoubted talent in piano, songwriting ability and his flair for performing, Jamie has definitely struck a chord with both the music elite and the public amassing a large following. His tours have been a success worldwide and he continues to attract fans of all tastes to his diverse and enthralling performances.
White Nights in Dubai, organised by United Stage Middle East, will be held on the weekends between March 30th and April 8th, 2017.
Tickets on Sale from October 5th
Tickets will be sold from October 5th via www.ticketmaster.ae and www.dubaiopera.com at the following prices:
AED 550 for Bronze
AED 750 for Silver
AED 950 for Gold
AED 1,250 for Platinum
AED 2,500 for VIP
Box and VIP Box Seats are also on offer from Ticketmaster and Dubai Opera.
For more information, visit www.whitenightsdubai.com.