Day 1 at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018

February 20, 2018

Day one at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival kicked off with a bang. We were so thrilled to be there to see it all unfold. Heart 107.1 shared all the excitement with you as it happened. Day one was packed with A-list performances from the funky Renegade Brass Band and the ever-so-timeless Duran Duran.

It all started with a live broadcast from the Mastercard On-Air Booth. Our presenters entertained the crowd on air and in person. The booth also got people to come in and record themselves, with the best one winning tickets for the next day, by listeners voting for them.

Leading up to the festival, Mastercard and Heart 107.1 teamed up to find the most talented singers in the nation. Participants sent in a 30-second demo and each of the three winners performing live on stage at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. Have a look at our Mastercard winner Eshani Shekar as she prepares to take her passion to the main stage.

You can also have a listen to the voice note that put her on top!

Throughout the evening, we snapped photos with fans and the Heart 107.1 family and spread love across the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.



Heart’s very own Tim and Faris introduced the Renegade Brass Band, a funky ensemble of eight horns with two percussionists, a scratch DJ, and MC. The band wowed the crowd with their jazz and hip-hop magic.

Renegade Brass Brand – Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018

Duran Duran, the iconic English band swayed the crowd and lifted their spirits with a mesmerizing performance. They played all their hits like Come Undone, Rio and Ordinary World. They definitely left the crowd wanting more.

With that, the night came to an end, with day one teasing the audience for what day two had in store.

If you were there, let us know what you thought. You can share your photos with us too on Facebook and Instagram.

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