Renowned American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Lionel Richie will be making his way to Saudi Arabia’s Winter at Tantora Festival soon. The festival, which is running from December 19, 2019, until March 7, 2020, will host Richie on February 28, reported Arab News.
This will be the first time the Kingdom witnesses the US popstar perform live. However, the artist is no stranger to the Middle East. The Dancing on the Ceiling singer previously performed at the Dubai Amphitheater in 2014, when he got the crowd swaying to his soulful love ballads and later returned to the region for Abu Dhabi’s Grand Prix in November 2016.
On September 25, the Twitter account of Winter at Tantora announced, “Hello! Guess who’s coming to Al Ula this year … Stay tuned for more info.” The tweet was accompanied with a picture of Richie in an orange jacket which read, “Hello!”
— Winter At Tantora شتاء طنطورة (@WinterAtTantora) September 24, 2019
Several music artists will accompany the 70-year-old singer during the festival. Although it is yet to be confirmed by the festival, the audience may reportedly witness a series of exclusive events which will include a performance by Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana. Fortunately, the festival has confirmed that Greek composer Yanni and the Italian opera star Andrea Boccelli – returning for the second year – will share the stage with Richie at the festival.
Winter at Tantora aims to celebrate the nature, heritage, and art of Al-Ula. Located in the north-west of Saudi Arabia, the city is home to several ancient landmarks, which can be explored by tourists when they fly down for the festival. The Kingdom’s most significant sites include the UNESCO Heritage World Site and the Al-Ula Tantura.
This year has been a remarkable one for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The country, for the very first time, hosted various musical events in Jeddah and welcomed international stars Liam Payne, 50 Cent, Janet Jackson, DJ Martin Garrix, Marshmellow, and K-Pop group Super Junior who gave breathtaking performances.