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Jamiroquai adds a bit of funk to Yas Island

Mohamad Kadry
Filed on October 30, 2009

For the second night of live performances on Yas Island, UK band Jamiroquai took to the stage to the roar of thousands of fans, a somewhat fitting occasion on the eve of the Halloween holiday.

While many will argue that no performance could possibly top Beyonce’s stunning show the night before, Jamiroquai fans were looking for something a bit more alternative.

“Every Halloween I attend the same parties with the same type of people,” Rachelle Stanton explained. The 35 year old British national has been following the band for years, immediately scooping up tickets once she heard they would be performing during Formula 1.

“This year, I really wanted to do something special and different,” she said.

“Watching one of my favourite musical acts perform will truly make that happen, and there’s no better way to spend Halloween than with the most funkiest of acts.”

Funky seemed to be the appropriate word to describe the evening, with hundreds of concert-

goers arriving in disco-era inspired apparel. Women could be seen wearing brightly sequined shirts and skirts, and high platform stilettos seemed to dominate the graveled concert grounds.

“These shoes were a bad idea,” exclaimed one group of patrons, referring to the loose, rocky surface of the Ferrari arena which is playing host to the line-up of all-star performers.

But nothing could damper thespirits of Jamiroquai fans who waited in anticipation for the band after a relatively short delay. True to their disco and funk musical roots, front-man Jay Kay took to the stage wearing his signature hat, a Native-American inspired headdress, to the deafening roar of thousands who had filled the arena under the moonlit sky.

With enough energy to fill the venue, Jay Kay displayed his signature dance moves to some of the bands greatest hits, including ‘Canned Heat’ and ‘Cosmic Girl’. Diversity in the crowd was evident as young and old clamored together to celebrate the festive mood.

“This is exactly how Abu Dhabi celebrates,” explained Ali Talbous, a young Arab national who was born and raised in the UAE.

“We have been waiting a long time for the Formula 1 event to get here, and now that it has arrived, it’s time for us to join together and celebrate the accomplishment of our nation.”

Wild laser shows accompanied the opening numbers being performed on stage, and a general family vibe could be felt throughout the venue.

“I wanted to bring my daughter with me tonight because I figured this was one performance we could easily share together,” explained Jennifer Bosworth, a 41 year old mother who decided to spend Halloween eve with her teenage daughter Elizabeth.

“Usually, my kid is attending some hip hop concert or dance festival. This time around, I thought that Jamiroquai’s music could fit both of our personalities,” she said.

The Ferrari Arena proved to be the perfect setting to enjoy the show, with a capacity to fit the tens of thousands of music fans who plan on attending the remainder of the weekend’s concerts after the Formula 1 races come to a completion.

American rockers Kings of Leon are slated to perform tomorrow night as rock legends, Aerosmith, will provide the thrilling climax to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

kadry@khaleejtimes.com





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