The Pretenders, Heather Small and Aswad coming to Dubai

The Pretenders, Heather Small and Aswad coming to Dubai

The second concert in the ‘Live on the Lake’ series brings a triple-bill of artists performing their classic hits live on stage. This time around there’s an eclectic mix of genres including; punk pop-rock, dance-pop, and reggae to satisfy those who love good music and great songs. The Pretenders, Heather Small (the voice of M People) and Aswad will all perform live on Thursday 26 October.

The entire lake at The Irish Village will be covered to become a huge dancefloor, with stage views from both The Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel’s lawn and terrace.

The Pretenders career kicked off in the 80s with their self-titled album reaching success in the UK and US.   Front woman Chrissie Hynde has been with the band from the start.  Their collection of hits, from 10 albums includes: “Brass In Pocket” peaked at number 1 in the UK and 14 in the US, “Back On The Chain Gang” their biggest US hit, reaching number 5 for 3 weeks and “Don’t Get Me Wrong” reached number 10.  The centrepiece of the album “Last of the Independents” second single “I’ll Stand By You” had considerable airplay and was a top 10 chart success in the UK.  

Heather Small, as part of M People with hits such as “Moving On Up”, “One Night In Heaven” and “Search For The Hero” and albums, Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success.  Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.  Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her “Proud” album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London's successful 2012 Olympic bid.  

Aswad, after fifteen albums and two decades on the music scene, they remain one of Britain’s best loved reggae bands.  The trio first gained national attention in 1976 when their debut release “Back To Africa” hit the number 1 slot on the UK Reggae Charts. They earned international acclaim with their reggae version of “Don’t Turn Around”, a song previously covered by both Luther Ingram and Tina Turner. “Don’t Turn Around”, released in 1988, sailed to the number 1 slot on the UK National charts. In 1994, they captured a host of new fans with the release of “Rise & Shine”, a recording which garnered the band’s first Grammy nomination for “Best Reggae Album of the Year”, and the number 1 single, “Shine”.

When: Thursday 26th October 2017. Doors open from 5pm
Where: The Irish Village and Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
How much: Dhs 195 early bird, Dhs 225 regular
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