Week 8 – A musical affair

This week’s something new was a whole bunch of somethings new all thrown in together on one night – I attended the Dubai International Jazzfest for the first time, and I got to watch 3 bands perform that I have never seen live before: Post Modern Jukebox, James and Toto 🙂 (Unfortunately I didn’t think to take my DSLR with me, so please forgive the poor quality photos taken on my little point ‘n click 😉 )

Probably about a year or so ago, JP discovered Post Modern Jukebox and introduced them to me, and we both loved them immediately. They take well-known songs and give them a jazzy, 1920’s feel. Our favourite is possibly “Blurred Lines” but so many of their songs are simply amazing!

Post Modern Jukebox

Post Modern Jukebox

On the night they performed songs such as Bad Romance – Lady Gaga; Sweet Child of Mine – Guns ‘n Roses; All about that Bass – Meghan Trainor; Sorry – Justin Bieber; and My heart will go on – Celine Dion.

Our next performer was James. As far as I was concerned, I had never heard of James before, but my friend Al gave me two examples of songs that I would know (which I did), so I was then even more surprised when he came on stage and I ended up knowing more than half of his playlist!

James

James

He was an…. interesting performer. Not quite sure what genre to put his music into, but he was hugely popular with the crowd, especially when he joined them in the fan pit in front… and then climbed over the barrier to join the rest of us plebs at the back!

In the crowd

In the crowd

The night was eventually finished off with Toto – another band that I was surprised at how many of their songs I actually know! Unfortunately we didn’t stay for the full set because it was a week night, and they only came on stage at 10:45pm, so we up and left at about 11:30pm… we had full intentions of staying for “Africa” but it was going to be much too late of a night then. Hopefully there’ll be another time that I get to see them perform it 😦

Toto

Toto

Loving Gandolph :)

Loving Gandolph 🙂

The crowd!

The crowd!

# 48 – Enrique Iglesias in Abu Dhabi

It was Grand Prix weekend this past weekend, and while that’s certainly not something new for me (I’ve been every year since Abu Dhabi’s inauguration year in 2009, except for 2014), attending Enrique Iglesias post-race concert definitely was new.

I’m not a huge fan of the man, but most of his songs are enjoyable enough to listen to and they’re easy enough to learn the words so that when they’re on you can sing along to. I even have a few of his songs on my running playlist 🙂

So, when he was announced as being one of the post-race concerts I was quite eager to be able to see him perform live without having to purchase a ticket specifically for his concert… and boy am I glad that I get to say that I’ve now seen him live!

He’s not a performer in the ways of say, Britney Spears, Madonna, or even Robbie Williams, but he is entertaining (and super delicious to look at!) and of course you get caught up in the music because the songs are so easy to sing.

He loves getting the crowd involved in everything, and during one point of the concert he made an appearance in the middle of the crowd, out where the plebs stand (you’ll see this in the ‘Hero’ video below).

Thanks Enrique for a fabulous night out!

 

Parlotones play at Party in the Park

6 years ago The Parlotones were booked to play at an event “Sound Stage” at Irish Village in Dubai. I was so excited! I rounded up a bunch of friends (including a boy who I was trying to impress so it had to be awesome 😉 ) and we made a day of the event.

We found a comfy little spot on the grass, ordered some cold beers and some good food and sat around enjoying the live music and cooler November climes.

At one point there was a little buzz going on and upon asking around, we found out that 2 of the 4 Parlotones members were possibly not going to be at the show – they had visa issues! Silly South African passport 😦 Anyway, the other 2 members made it to the event (luckily it was the lead singer and the drummer) and put on a great show for us, considering the unfortunate circumstances that they were playing in.

But that was then, this is now…  This past weekend the Parlotones were headlining at Party in the Park, alongside the likes of Razorlight and Stereophonics – it was bound to be an epic event!

So, once again I gather up some friends (unfortunately no boys to impress this time, but a few non-Saffer friends!) and we head off to make a day of the event. We find our comfy spot, order cold beers, munch on good food and enjoy the live music of some local bands.

We muck about during the day, visiting some of the flea market stalls and even take part in jumping off a 6m platform onto a blow-up airbed type of thing… great ways to entertain everyone who is there for the long haul 🙂

Here’s a video of my friend and I jumping 😛

And then, off in the distance of the crowd I spot him – one of the (South African passport holding) members of the Parlotones…. they all got in this time!

Glen Hodgson

Glen Hodgson

I rounded up some of my friends and headed to the front of the stage – no way was I going to be at the back for this concert 😉

They came on stage and from the word go they were awesome! Playing a few songs from their latest album, but 90% of the songs were the oldies mixed with some of the new-ish, very popular ones! A perfect set list! I didn’t want it to end… but end it did, and they made way for the other headline bands who also put on absolutely amazing shows!

Stereophonics

Stereophonics

All in all it was a great day out – a very well organised event from the ease of buying beers & food, to having enough toilets available and a fantastic line up of live music!

Party in the Park – I will be back!