By Matt Fortune
Flo Rida and Tyga to headline new Dubai festival on April 1, 2016 at the Autism Rocks Arena, a new temporary concert venue in Dubai
Flo Rida and Tyga have been confirmed as the headline acts for a special all-day festival at the soon-to-be-finished temporary concert venue currently under construction in Dubai.
The event is being co-organised by 117 Live and Autism Rocks, the charity who famously bought Prince to the region for a special invite-only show at Pacha Ibiza Dubai last year. The announcement was made on Monday morning and was twinned with confirmation that the venue near Dubai Outlet Mall will be called the Autism Rocks Arena, a significant landmark for both 117 Live and the charity.
Being held close to the where a new 25,000 capacity permanent outdoor concert venue is being built ahead of a 2017 opening, the April 1 all-day festival will feature a range of activities for all ages, including laser tag, crazy golf, a zip line, petting zoo and more.
Tickets will cost just AED50 when they go on sale at Virgin Megastores and 117live.com
It comes a week after the inaugural concert at the temporary venue on March 25 when Nicki Minaj - who released a track with Flo Rida and Tyga in 2013 - and her The Pinkprint Tour will roll into town. Almost certainly the biggest urban music star to headline a concert in the region since Justin Timberlake, the Trinidad-born 33-year-old will break new ground with the show.
Minaj, who has almost 50 million followers on Instagram, was last on tour in summer 2015 when her tour ploughed through Europe, the US and Canada. The Anaconda singer has sold more than 50 million singles, five million albums and is best loved for her smash hits Hey Mama with David Guetta, Trini Dem Girls, Super Bass and her debut Your Love. She was most recently in the region in September when accompanying fiancé Meek Mill during his pop-up performance at People By Crystal. The rapper will join Minaj on stage at the concert next month.
Reflecting on the dual announcement, 117 Live CEO Thomas Ovesen, said: "We look forward to offering a fantastic venue experience to customers attending events here over the coming 18-24 months. Thousands of fans attending the events will help grow general awareness of autism, raising funds for research into the same."
Sanjay Shah, founder of the charity, added: "Autism Rocks is proud to partner with the best and most experienced live music team in Dubai. We look forward to many awesome concerts at the Arena starting with Nicki Minaj. Our family fun day on April 1 is in celebration of the United Nations’ World Autism Awareness Day."