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Faithless star Sister Bliss won't rule out a return for the band.

If ringing in the new year wasn't enough of an occasion to celebrate recently, the chance to catch one of the most popular dance acts of our generation right here in Dubai, certainly was.

Faithless may have announced their split back in 2011 but Maxi Jazz and Sister Bliss came together for a live PA and DJ set at Dubai's Atelier Festival on December 31 and 7DAYS' Duncan Hare managed to catch up with the female lead for a pre-set chat.

Discussing the band's most iconic track 'Insomnia', originally released back in 1995, the 41-year-old explains: "What can I say? It opened a thousand, million squillion doors for us.


"It's unbelievable how popular that track is - and not just popular - it has a place in so many people's hearts." The hit, which reached number one slots across the globe and has gone on to be a set staple for DJs across the world, wasn't so warmly received when it was originally released. Bliss explains: "It wasn't just a hit of the day like 'Barbie Girl' by Aqua or something - and the interesting thing is that it was never done as a commercial record.

"We were laughed out of (legendary BBC radio station) Radio One when we took it in there. They said 'it hasn't got a hook, it isn't a hit - goodbye'.

"We were like 'OK' and went off and did lots of other things for a year." Then they re-released it in 96 - and Insomnia went "stratospheric". No strangers to the Emirates, Faithless are Dubai regulars with Bliss explaining they've "been coming here for years".

So comfortable are they in the UAE, that the Sandance Nasimi Beach gig at the start of April 2011 was the band's final stints before they retired as a group after 15 years of magical memories together.

Usually an eight piece band, the New Year's Eve Atelier Festival allowed Bliss and Faithless' iconic frontman Maxi Jazz the opportunity to air a rare DJ set at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. While busy working on her own stuff - including her own DJ label and new releases due any minute now - it's painfully obvious how much Sister Bliss misses the thrill of a live Faithless gig.

This is a group that had the privilege of playing the main stage at Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival. Phrases such as "never say never" and "it's up to Maxi - he doesn't look it but he's 56 you know," puncture the lips of the sharp-tongued Londoner when asked if a reunion is on the cards.

Even a phone call from Maxi as he rings from Dubai Airport after flying in just hours before the pair's set shines a light for Faithless fans as Bliss answers with: "They're trying to get us back together again!" Maxi laughs as he overhears me shout "Please do it!'

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Date:Jan 8, 2013
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