Celine Dion in talks to headline Morocco’s Mawazine Festival
JEDDAH: According to a report on Sayidaty.net, Celine Dion fans in North Africa might just get lucky this year, as the management of
Morocco’s Mawazine Festival are negotiating with Dion to get the Canadian diva to headline this year’s edition, which will run from June 22 to 30.
Sayidaty claims that talks between Maroc Cultures Association, the festival organizers, and Dion, have already failed once, four months ago. The magazine alleges that Dion’s demands — including a performance fee of $218,500 in addition to expenses for a 160-member entourage — proved too expensive for the organizers. Sayidaty does not explain why Maroc Cultures Association feels that situation might have changed.
Mawazine is a critically acclaimed festival that boasts a truly eclectic, international lineup every year, bringing together luminaries of world music as well as huge international pop stars. Past editions have seen the likes of Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Elton John, Demi Lovato, Wiz Khalifa and Kylie Minogue take to the stage to perform to vast crowds. In recent years, attendance figures across the week have topped 2 million.