Istanbul is gearing up for a list of famous stars this year. Istanbul locals and tourists alike will have the chance to see a raft of famous stars perform live in the city this year.
2012 is an exciting time for music lovers in Istanbul with the Best Concerts Coming to Istanbul. The flow of stars kicked of with Madonna’s performance at Turk Telekom Arena last week and will continue with Stevie Wonder, Enrico Macias, Lenny Kravitz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Leonard Cohen, Dany Brillant, Nancy Ajram, Chris de Burgh, Duran Duran, Tony Bennett and many others.
Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena which is famous for its Bosporus view, will host a number of local and international rock groups. Macy Gray, who has collected a number of Grammys and is seen as one of the world’s most famous practitioners of R&B, neo-soul and pop vocals, already performed at Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena on June 4.
Tom Jones, the Welsh crooner who is famous for his rich voice, will perform at the same venue on June 26. Jones has had a huge fan base in Turkey since 1965, and his albums have sold more than 100 million worldwide.
Perceived as one of the latest divas to hit the world stage, Jill Scott will come to Istanbul on July 17, while alternative group Beirut will be on stage Sept. 21.
Macias will visit Istanbul to give a concert at the same arena on July 25. Macias has 800 songs, 80 of which have been sung in Turkish by stars such as Ajda Pekkan, Nilüfer, Candan Erçetin and Ayten Alpman.
Lenny Kravitz will be on stage Oct. 4 for his first Istanbul performance in four years.
Dany Brillant, who has visited Turkey many times to give concerts, will be at the Cemil Topluzlu Open Air Theater on July 11 with a mix of French chansons and Puerto Rican music.
A rising star in the world of Arabic music, Nancy Ajram will also take the stage at Cemil Topluzlu as part of Istanbul’s shopping fest on June 27.
Morrissey, one of the legendary voices of the English alternative music scene, will be in Istanbul for the Istanbul Jazz Festival on July 19. Later, Dead Can Dance, a famous ethereal group from the 1980s and 1990s, will reunite after 15 years to perform in Istanbul on Sept. 19. Istanbul will also host a number of Summer Music Festivals. The organizers of Istanbul’s Efes One Love, a famous music festival, have announced that Kimbra, Pulp and Selah Sue will headline the event.