9th Dec, 2016

Bollywood superstar turns up the heat at Ricoh Arena during stunning performance

Shaun Reynolds 15th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BOLLYWOOD superstar Rahat Fateh Ali Khan made a triumphant return to Coventry on Friday as he thrilled thousands of adoring fans at the Ricoh Arena.

Rahat’s performance came 30 years since he last performed in the city when touring with his famous late uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as part of his 1985 tour.

The 42-year-old singer, who has over six and a half million followers on Facebook, played a new set of his greatest Qawwali hits to an audience in the Jaguar Exhibition Hall.

The global superstar has produced 16 albums and performed soundtracks for over 80 Bollywood films.

Rahat was also happy to lend support to Coventry’s bid to become UK City of Culture in 2021.

He posed with Coventry City Council deputy leader Councillor Abdul Khan and David Burbidge, chairman of Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Andy Gibb, managing director at the Ricoh Arena, said Rahat’s performance was fantastic and added to the summer of live music the Ricoh Arena has so far staged.

He said: “Rahat was on stage for more than three hours and drew a great reaction from his fans as he went through his string of greatest hits.

“He has a massive army of fans and it was clear to see why – he is a very charismatic performer and was great to deal with.

“He met many of his fans after the gig and posed for photos.

“We have had a fantastic summer of live music with MTV Crashes, Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen and this was another really memorable evening.”