If you needed any more reason to get excited for the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, this is it.

Welsh music legend Sir Tom Jones will come to town to open the three-day extravaganza on Wednesday February 22, 2017, at the Dubai Media City Ampitheatre.

The Delilah crooner was meant to be playing a concert in Abu Dhabi earlier this year, but ended up cancelling after the untimely death of his wife of 59 years, Melinda, this April.

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Now 76 years old, the singer and Voice UK coach still manages to retain his bold baritone voice and upbeat charisma.

We can expect to hear some of the Welshman’s classics, including Kiss, What’s New Pussycat, Green, Green Grass of Home, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and If I Only Knew.

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Oh, and of course, who can forget…

(We defy you to listen to this without doing the Carlton dance…).

Of course, Jones won’t be the only big name gracing the festival’s stage – we can also expect a performance from powerhouse singer Mariah Carey, with the king of Spanish pop, Enrique Iglesias, set to round of the event on the Friday.


Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Master, and cost Dhs275 for regular and Dhs445 for the golden xircle on the early-bird offer.

Standard prices are Dhs325 for regular, Dhs525 for golden circle, while the fan pit costs Dhs795 and the VIP deck will set you back Dhs1,295. For more information, see dubaijazzfest.com. 


On future albums…

“There’s plenty for me to do. There are more albums. I’ll record as long as I can and as long as my voice works as well as it does now and for as long as people want to hear me.”

On singing by himself…

“I didn’t like to be restricted because when you’re in a choir, you have a part to sing and you sing it. I always liked singing on my own.”

On being a singer for a living…

“When I realised I could sing for a living – do what I loved and be paid for it – I thought, this is unbelievable! And that feeling has never left me.”

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