Not much has passed since I wrote about the 2013 Dubai Jazz Festival. Deep Purple are headlining the event, and I was skeptical.
Well, somehow my pessimism has come true (for once).
So far, along with Deep Purple, 3 Doors Down, One Republic, and The Script (just announced have been confirmed to perform.
Just by looking at the above bands, you know what direction this is going.
Not only are they some of the most un-jazz performers, they are not even remotely close to be even considered "guest material" for such an event.
Not only that, but the official Twitter account of the festival are arrogant enough to say this:
There has been a huge backlash against the organizers, whose headline as per their homepage is:
Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival® ROCKING THE CITY
If this is not a sign of things to come, then I don't know what is. Unfortunately what was considered (perhaps until a few years ago) a great event where fans can come and listen to all sorts of JAZZ music, the paradigm is to sell as many tickets by using non-jazz artists as headliners.
I will be following this closely and keep you updated.