Boy band The Wanted (who?) have been announced today:
Oh boy; it seems that the 2014 Dubai Jazz Festival, as I expected, will be a major disappointment yet again for jazz fans.
This whole story began last year when I pointed out my skepticism about having major rock and pop acts headline a supposedly jazz-centric festival. The major acts were Deep Purple, Three Doors Down, The Script, and One Republic.
This year, it seems that things will be worse, as this photo from the official Facebook page of the festival indicates:
Eight pop (!) acts will be announced, two of which (Olly Murs and Jamie Cullum) have been revealed. I only expect things to get worse.
I also want to mention that the organizers need some lessons on how to use the social media, as they have been deleting comments and banning users from their Facebook page, and even making ridiculous statements like the one below (thanks to Anonymous for the screenshot). It has since been removed but remember, nothing on the internet is removed:
This farcical display and the fact that there is basically little to no jazz in this festival, several websites, such as the Pan-Arabian Enquirer, have taken to mock and troll the festival, as well as a new parody Twitter account has been created, with great tweets like:
Ok people, you wanted us to feature more Jazz. Does anybody have a phone number for someone named Miles Davis?
— Dubai Jazz Festival (@Dubai_Jazz_Fest) October 9, 2013
Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice is a pure Jazz classic! http://t.co/pCNXudfPFx #DXB #Dubai #DubaiJazzFest
— Dubai Jazz Festival (@Dubai_Jazz_Fest) October 8, 2013
With this developing story generating some sweet scandalous internet sensationalism, and the disappointment of the treatment of the music called jazz in efforts rake in sales and attendance, I expect this to go on for a while until (or if) some more JAZZ music is announced.
Stay tuned for more on this story soon!