Reggaeton superstar J Balvin to perform at Abu Dhabi Showdown Week

Colombian singer to perform at concert series which includes rock giants Red Hot Chili Peppers
Reggaeton superstar J Balvin to perform at Abu Dhabi Showdown Week
By Gavin Gibbon
Sun 18 Aug 2019 02:31 PM

Colombian Reggaeton singer J Balvin has been confirmed to play at The Arena on September 5 as part of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week.

Known as Reggaeton’s global ambassador, J Balvin is one of the top streaming music artists in the world, regardless of language, and is propelling Latin music to unprecedented worldwide prominence.

Balvin topped the Global Top 50 on Spotify with his hit ‘Mi Gente’, before collaborating with American rapper Cardi B and Bad Bunny on the number one hit ‘I Like It’ in 2018.

With his wide-ranging collaborations, Balvin has now collected 16 #1 Billboard hits and over 20 billion YouTube views - he has been the best performing global artist on that video platform for the last six weeks.

The concert, in Yas Island’s new indoor venue, will mark Balvin’s UAE debut as he finishes off the two-night Abu Dhabi Showdown Week ultimate concert series, which also includes a performance by superstar rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers on September 4.

A special early bird sale for Balvin’s concert starts on Monday, August 19 from 12pm.

"Abu Dhabi embodies diversity and boasts an eclectic mix of cultures and musical tastes, and J Balvin fits perfectly into this ethos, bringing something very different to Abu Dhabi Showdown Week," said Saeed Al Saeed, destination marketing director at DCT Abu Dhabi. "This addition to the concert series emphasises our desire to create a programme that appeals to as many fans as possible and engages with the entire community.”

The two-night series is just one element of a packed, city-wide programme of events planned for Abu Dhabi Showdown Week – which runs from September 1 to 7 to complement the UAE capital’s mega UFC 242 event. It includes everything from pool and beach parties to culinary and retail promotions as well as the Abu Dhabi Sports & Fitness Expo, which will run from September 5 to 7 at du Forum, Yas Island.

It all builds up to the explosive event on September 7 when Khabib Nurmagomedov is expecting to seal his legacy against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in front of a sell-out crowd.

The two men will contest a title unification bout at UFC 242, Abu Dhabi's third UFC event and the first since the UFC and the DCT Abu Dhabi agreed a five-year partnership earlier this year.

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