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First Zayn solo show set for Autism Rocks Arena

Ex-One Direction singer Zayn Malik will play his first concert as a solo artist on 7 October at 117 Live’s new Dubai concert venue, the Autism Rocks Arena.

Veteran promoter Thomas Ovesen, who joined new venture 117 Live from Done Events in December, tells Gulf News he is confident of selling every ticket in the previously unnamed 20,000-capacity greenfield arena. “Were excited that […] we’re the only show in the region with Zayn,” he adds.

The temporary greenfield site will be replaced by a permanent amphitheatre at the Dubai Outlet Mall in spring 2017. The new venue will feature boxes, suites and viewing terraces and is part of a plan by 117 Live owner Al Ahli Holding Group (AAHG) to create a “new regional live entertainment hub”. AAGH, a Dubai-headquartered international conglomerate which employs 9,000 people, also owns the Dubai Outlet Mall.

Malik (pictured), known mononymously as Zayn, hit headlines last week after being racially abused by American rapper Azealia Banks for allegedly plagiarising one of her music videos.

Malik’s former band, One Direction, had the second-highest-grossing tour of 2015.

Azealia Banks dropped by UK booking agency

Azealia Banks has apparently been dropped by her UK booking agency, Primary Talent International, as the fallout continues from her racist, expletive-filled verbal attack on Zayn Malik last week.

Banks’s name is no longer visible on Primary Talent’s roster, and an error message is displayed where her artist page used to be:

Azealia Banks 404 error message, Primary Talent International

IQ has contacted Primary Talent for confirmation that Banks’s contract has been terminated.

Rapper Banks, an African American, was last week axed from the line-up of London festival Rinse Born & Bred after calling ex-One Direction singer Malik, whose father is a Pakistani, a “hairy, curry-scented bitch” and “sand nigger who emulates white boys’ renditions of black malehood” as the two feuded over accusations Malik plagiarised the video for her single ‘Yung Rapunxel’ in his latest release, ‘Like I Would’.

She has also since been suspended from Twitter, and could be blocked from entering Britain in future (a Home Office spokesman said in response to her remarks that “coming to the UK is a privilege, and we expect those who come here to respect our shared values”).

Yesterday Banks posted the following apology on Instagram: