RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will stage more than 5,000 shows, festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, as it tries to shake off its conservative image in a drive to keep tourist dollars at home and lure in visitors. The state wants to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion currently spent overseas every year by Saudis seeking entertainment, lifting a ban on cinemas and putting on shows by Western artists. U.S. rapper Nelly performed in Jeddah in December, albeit to a men-only crowd, and Greek…
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will pay a tribute to his illustrious uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his 20th anniversary next year by holding 48 concerts in 48 cities around the world including India, USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Nusrat Fateh died at the age of 48 in London after suffering a cardiac arrest on 16th August 1997. The "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali" is considered one of the greatest voice ever recorded and hold the world record as the most prolific ghazal singer. Rahat who is carrying the legacy of Nusrat will…
TEHRAN: The Tehran prosecutor recommended strict new rules on Saturday for concerts in the capital, the latest in a tug of war between moderates and conservatives that has already seen live music banned in Iran's second city Mashhad.
LONDON: Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, known for both Bollywood hits and Qawwali, Sufi devotional music that dates back more than 700 years, is taking the two genres to Britain in August for three concerts.
LOS ANGELES: The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday canceled a second show after abruptly scrapping a concert as frontman Anthony Kiedis was rushed to the hospital for intestinal flu.
PARIS: France declared Monday that the show must go on, with the public urged to go back out to bars, concerts and restaurants in defiance of the terror attacks on Paris.
Singer and actress Selena Gomez said that she was diagnosed auto-immune disease lupus, which led to her cancelling the end of her tour in 2013, but that the disease is now in remission.
BEIJING: Two upcoming concerts in China by American rock group Bon Jovi -- who have previously included imagery of the Dalai Lama in a show -- have been suddenly cancelled, reports said Tuesday.
Pakistani musician and pop singer Shiraz Uppal is playing in the United States these days. He also got to meet renowned American producer Quincy Jones.