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Mariah Carey performs free in Dubai Expo 2020 launch

A year to the day before Dubai hosts a six-month long World Expo event, Mariah Carey is due to perform in a free concert at Burj Park.

The concert, dubbed One Year to Go, will take place on 20 October, with local singer Hussain Al Jassmi, as well as acts DJ Bliss, Abri and the Funk Radius and Khalifa also billed to perform.

The Expo, which was awarded to Dubai in 2013 by the International Exposition Bureau in Paris, will take place on a main 438-hectare site enclosed by three thematic districts – opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

A variety of live performances, cultural activities, business presentations and global celebrations will occur during the Expo.

The United Arab Emirates is also hosting live performances at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula One race from 28 November to December 1. Lana Del Rey will perform in the Middle East for the first time at the event, alongside EDM star Marshmello, the Killers and rapper Travis Scott.

In December, British singer Dido will perform and Dubai’s Media City Amphitheatre (15,000-cap.) and Bruno Mars will close out the year with a headline New Year’s show at the du Arena (25,000-cap.) in Abu Dhabi.

Last month, AEG Ogden, the operator of Dubai’s 17,000-capacity Coca-Cola Arena, celebrated the role the arena was playing in placing the UAE – and the wider region – on the international touring map.

Read more about the Middle East’s growing live events market below.

Full of Eastern Promise: The Middle East matures


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Lana Del Rey pulls out of Israel’s Meteor Festival

After initially defending her decision to play the inaugural edition of Meteor Festival, stating her performance would “not be a political statement,” Lana Del Rey has pulled out of the Israeli event.

In a statement uploaded to her Twitter, Del Rey explained it was important to her to be able to play both Israel and Palestine so she could “treat all [her] fans equally”. In the run-up to the festival – scheduled for this weekend in Tel Aviv (6-8 September) – a Palestinian show couldn’t be organised in time, and so her performance has been postponed “until a time when [she] can schedule visits for both”.

The statement comes 11 days after Del Rey initially defended her decision to play the festival. A previous series of tweets explained she “understood” why fans were upset, but stated “I’m doing my best to navigate the waters of the constant tumultuous hardships in the war-torn countries all over the world that I travel through monthly.”

“Affiliating us with that is nothing short of absurd – as in fact, we’re pretty much the only festival in the world who’s 100% politics free.”

Much of the pressure to drop out of the festival came from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which has so far convinced a number of other artists to cancel their performances. Many American, British, South African and Australian acts have all pulled out, including electronic music producer Shlohmo, DJ Volvox, duo Black Motion, DJ Shanti Celeste, DJ Seinfeld and DJ Leon Vynehall.

The news of Del Rey’s decision was met with a cold reception from event organisers.  A statement published on the Meteor Festival website shortly after the news broke accused the “no-show” singer of using her performance to “score some press attention” – something that has since been deleted.

Organisers have previously emphasised in the statement that Meteor Festival is “an independent, private project… receiving no support, funds or benefits from any governmental or political entity.” It continues: “Therefore, affiliating us with that is nothing short of absurd – as in fact, we’re pretty much the only festival in the world who’s 100% politics free.”

Del Rey’s decision is not the first high-profile cancellation; last year, New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde cancelled shows in Tel Aviv, prompting heavy backlash from anti-BDS campaigners.

 


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Tap to take home top gong at Artist & Manager Awards

Lana Del Rey managers Tap Management will be collectively crowned manager of the year at the 6th annual Artist & Manager Awards, organisers Music Managers Forum (MMF) and Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) have announced.

Founders Ben Mawson and Ed Millett will accept the award, recognising Tap’s successes with artists such as Lana Del Rey (whose fifth album, Lust for Life, spawned the first UK no1 for a solo female since Adele in 2015), Dua Lipa, DJ Shadow and Angus and Julia Stone, as well as “an innovative and multi-faceted approach to music management”, on 14 November.

Also honoured will be Niamh Byrne and Régine Moylett, the founders of Eleven Management (Damon Albarn/Blur/Gorillaz, The Clash, Roisin Murphy), who receive the entrepreneur of the year award for their global campaign around Gorillaz’ fifth studio album, Humanz.

Other previously announced winners include Depeche Mode’s manager, Jonathan Kessler, who receives the Peter Grant award for lifetime achievement; Tracey Thorn, who will pick up the artists’ artist award; and Echo Beach’s Jill Hollywood, for writer/producer manager.

“To succeed in the modern-day music business, managers need to think outside the box while keeping a multitude of plates spinning,” says Annabella Coldrick, chief executive of the MMF. “This is no easy task, but the judging panel unanimously felt that 2017 was Tap Management’s year.

“This is no easy task, but the judging panel unanimously felt that 2017 was Tap Management’s year”

“As well as the phenomenal success of Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa, we felt the entire team’s integrated approach across music publishing, music production and brand strategy was worthy of recognition. This is a company with music at its heart but with the ambition to forge new paths and set new trends.

“Similarly, Niamh and Régine have instigated a truly groundbreaking campaign for Gorillaz’s Humanz, amplifying the scope of the album’s collaborative vision with a series of eye-catching partnerships that opened new creative potentials, including augmented reality apps and a stunning VR video. Always sensitive to Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s vision, they also curated the highly successful Demon Dayz festival in Margate.

“As with Tap Management, Eleven are worthy winners at the Artist & Manager Awards.”

The Artist & Manager Awards 2017, hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Cairney, takes place at the newly opened Printworks venue in London on Tuesday 14 November.

 


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