A total of 19 days of intensive music shows started up with the Dubai Shopping Festival 2011 opening day at the Walk JBR on January 20th, 2011 with the Blues Edition of the Jazz World, which featured 9 nights and 18 bands introducing an international and local mix of the best Blues artists and performers. This official associated event of the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival 2011 attracted a larger crowd this year, topping more than 10,000 fans enjoying the outdoor free concerts.
The du Jazz Garden event followed with its breathtaking Jazz shows throughout 7 nights at Dubai Media City. The collaboration between Chillout Productions and the British Council showcased the best of UK Jazz scene with the 7 bands flocking from the UK to share the best of their repertoires and Jazz music stock. The closing acts featured another 7 stirring international smooth Jazz bands.
The main gigs were of great attraction to a huge crowd due to the rich line-up and artists profiles. Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, with Alison Moyet and Mica Paris, made the opening night of the main gigs an outstanding success! The sold out show welcomed a hunger crowd eager to indulge with such real quality music and entertainment.
The second night scored another success! The Grammy Award winning star Macy Gray wowed the crowd with her astonishing presence on stage, her show exceeded all expectations getting the fans on their toes asking for more!
Lifehouse stars added on to the night's exciting mood putting a greatly exciting show attracting thousands of fans heading from all across the region to experience the best of Lifehouse on stage! Mindi Abair & Peter White performance revived all Jazz sensations during their show that was the perfect start of the night.
Straight from winning their Grammy for best performance by a pop duo for the single 'Hey Soul Sister,' the award-winning band Train glazed the Skywards stage with an outstanding show and interactive presence, following the appealing performance of Joshua Radin and the talented diva Jessy J.
The Skywards International Jazz Festival 2011 surely marked another successful edition due to its rich line- up and collection of names as well as its associated events gathering more than 45000 fans throughout its 19 days of festivities and promising even another thriving edition in 2012 with loads of WOW activities and line-up.