PRESS RELEASE: ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS! KYLIE DAZZLES F1 TICKET HOLDERS AT DU ARENA, ABU DHABI

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- Pop princess plays to capacity crowd of F1 ticket holders and guests on Yas Island.

- In same evening, Maya Diab, CeeLo Green, Missy Elliott and Hani El Omary rocked the free Beats on the Beach festival stage on the Corniche

 

- Even more excitement ahead for race ticket holder as Nickelback and Eminem set to perform at the last two After-Race Concerts

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 3rd, 2012: Thrilling fans with a glittering performance, Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue opened the first of the Yasalam After-Race Concerts at du Arena, Yas Island. Meanwhile at the Beats on the Beach Festival, Maya Diab, CeeLo Green, Missy Elliott and Hani El Omary kept fans at the Corniche dancing to the beat all night long.

 

Performing classic songs including ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ and ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, Kylie had a capacity crowd ‘spinning around’ for the hour and a half long set. Supported by a cast of multi-coloured, feather-trimmed backing dancers, the Grammy Award-winning artist impressed concert-goers with a glamorous and high energy performance.

Long-time Abu Dhabi resident, Suzanna Jebbitt said: “Kylie looked amazing on stage. I loved the performance because she stayed faithful to her roots with her classic tracks, but mixed it up a bit with her new songs as well. I had a fantastic night with my friends, we were dancing all night!”

UAE residents were certainly spoilt for choice last night with another equally dazzling pop princess taking the stage at the Beats on the Beach Festival. Maya Diab, the stunning Lebanese songstress, performed to enthusiastic crowds and was a delight for both eyes and ears.

Swiftly following her set, CeeLo Green delivered a fantastic show, complete with high-tech DJ effects and lasers which lit up Al Sahil beach. CeeLo performed tracks including ‘Crazy’ and ‘Forget You’, which will certainly live long in the audience’s memory. One of the world’s most renowned female rappers, Missy Elliott, stormed the stage afterwards, signaling the end of another successful Beats on the Beach Festival.

One of the concert-goers at Al Sahil Beach, Hussain Mohamed, commented: “I love how much Abu Dhabi comes alive at this time of year. Maya Diab was wonderful and I’m looking forward to next year already.”

 

Canadian rockers, Nickelback will take to the stage tonight while legendary rapper, Eminem, will close the Yasalam After-Race Concerts on Sunday evening, exclusively for F1 ticket holders.

 

The Yasalam festival started on October 25th and will come to an end on November 4th, having provided entertainment at the Corniche, across the city, and on Yas Island. Live performances take place at du Arena on race weekend, exclusively for F1™ race ticket holders only. The full Yasalam programme is available to view at www.yasalam.ae

 

The 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is being held at Yas Marina Circuit on November this weekend. Tickets can be purchased from www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Press Release: BEATS ON THE BEACH FESTIVAL ROARS INTO ABU DHABI

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-       Tens of thousands fill Al Sahil Beach on first night of the free Yasalam concerts

 

-       Mel C, Tamer Hosni, AKON and a host of stars delight the crowds as race fever grips the city

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 2 November 2012: Yasalam’s Beats on the Beach Festival kicked off the Formula 1 weekend in style with an opening night of Arab and Western music thrilling crowds on Al Sahil Beach. With a day filled with interactive sessions, Yasalam Responsibly finale and a flash mob, the most exciting sports and entertainment weekend of the year is officially in full swing.

By the end of the night, tens of thousands of people from all walks of life had crowded Al Sahil beach, trying to get up close to some of their favourite music stars.

 

Emiratis Mansour Zayed, hip-hoppers Desert Heat and up-and-coming rapper, Sain gave the event a local flavor, making this Beats on the Beach Festival an ideal platform for UAE talent. Chart-topping artists Melanie C and AKON brought an international flair to the evening. Finally, Egyptian heartthrob, Tamer Hosny brought the house down at the end of the evening with some of the Middle East’s favourite modern Arabic pop.

Earlier in the day, young students showed off their road safety campaign adverts to a panel of judges and in front of a large crowd in the Yasalam Responsibly finales. The team behind the successful advert was created by five young students at Zayed University, Ali Darwish AlKhouri, Saaed Malallah, Ahmed Abdulla, Ahmed Mohammed and Abdulla Masad.

The interactive music and dance sessions were fully attended and ran throughout the afternoon, giving amateur talent a chance to hone their creative skills. Youngsters turned out to learn from the one of the world’s best beatboxers, Heatbox, who has been performing throughout the week at the Corniche. The attendees learnt how to layer their vocal and train their vocal cords from the skilled performer who can mimic innumerous musical instruments with his voice alone.

Attendees also got a chance to learn club DJ skills as well as what it takes to be a radio DJ. The hip-hop session turned into a full-blown flash mob later in the day with huge crowds gathering to watch the spontaneous and simultaneous busting of moves.

 

Nathan from Australia, who attended the radio DJ session yesterday commented: “I had an amateur show back in Australia when I was younger and have really wanted to get it into it professionally ever since. This was the perfect opportunity to get some great insight into the industry here and I really feel it has been beneficial.”

 

Interactive sessions continue today and Saturday, meaning no one need miss out but are urged to get in quick by organizers, as there are only limited spaces left. Visit www.yasalam.ae for full programme details.

 

Friday night brings even more excitement with Hani El Omary and Maya Diab wowing the crowd before R’n’B sensation CeeLo Green and Missy Elliott wrap up the weekend. The Yasalam After-Race Concerts at the du Arena will welcome the darling of Australian pop, Kylie Minogue, followed by Nickelback on Saturday and Eminem wrapping up the weekend on Sunday, exclusively for F1 ticket holders.

 

The F1 FanZone™ on Abu Dhabi Corniche is open daily all weekend with a range of motorsport flavoured activities.

 

The 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is being held at Yas Marina Circuit on November this weekend. Tickets can be purchased from www.yasmarinacircuit.com

Press Release: OVER 50,000 VISITORS TURN OUT FOR OPENING WEEKEND OF YASALAM 2012

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Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 28th, 2012: The opening weekend of Yasalam 2012 attracted over 50,000 visitors, delighting people of all ages and backgrounds with a roster of activities including the F1 FanZone™, a Guinness World Record breaking attempt, TROPFEST Arabia, family films at Screen by the Sea and the digital design battle, Cut&Paste. By Saturday afternoon over 50,000 people had already visited the activities, with many more expected throughout Sunday.

 

Kicking off this year’s festivities on Thursday, 25 October was Abu Dhabi’s latest world record breaking attempt. In perfect conditions, more than 1000 people gathered at Al Sahil beach in an attempt to build the largest number of sandcastles in an hour. With a target of 684 sandcastles, groups of friends and families armed with buckets and spades set to work building over 700 sandcastles. With strict guidelines in place however, the official Guinness World Record adjudicator ruled that only 537 sandcastles met the criteria. Nevertheless, the event was a testament to the determination of the community, embodying the spirit of Yasalam with many volunteers leaving smiling and happy.

The F1 FanZone™ at the heart of the Corniche also opened its doors on Thursday.  Scores of visitors enjoyed a range of motorsport themed activity, including race driving simulators, sand sculptures and the Yasalam Responsibly ‘infotainment’ centre raising awareness on safe driving.

TROPFEST Arabia provided the second night’s entertainment, showcasing the very best short films from across the region to crowds on Al Sahil beach under a starry night’s sky.  An evening of film followed on Saturday as part of the Screen by the Sea weekend, with free family films showing on giant plasma screens.

 

Saturday’s interactive sessions in gaming, digital and design provided the perfect opportunity for the UAE’s budding design talent to hone their skills before the night’s main event, Cut&Paste. Returning to Al Sahil beach for the second time as part of Yasalam, teams of two were vigorously put through their paces clicking, dragging and dropping their way through a series of design briefs against the clock.

This year’s winning team was Brandon Fernandes and Ishfaq Zaman who walked away with two Wacom Cintiq 12WX Pen-Based Displays as prizes.

Visiting the Yasalam opening weekend and taking part in the Guinness World Record attempt was Paul from Abu Dhabi: “We came to the Corniche today for a fun, family day out. My little ones really enjoyed building their sandcastles and there was a fantastic atmosphere on the beach. We might not have broken the record but it was great fun regardless!”

 

Ahmed Abdulfattah from Egypt took part in the interactive sessions at the Creative Pavilion, “I really enjoyed the smart phone movie production workshop. It was really informative and I feel really inspired now to go out and film. I want to become a filmmaker after college so this event has really motivated me to get out there and pursue my dreams.”

 

Yasalam 2012 Live on the Corniche will culminate with the popular Beats on the Beach free concert series. Storming the stage on Thursday, 1 November are headliners Melanie C, Missy Elliott and Tamer Hosny. Friday, 2 November will see Hani El Omary and Maya Diab wow the crowd before R’n’B sensation CeeLo Green wraps up the weekend. A number of music and dance workshops will take place through the weekend of 1-3 November. Visit www.yasalam.ae for full programme details.

 

This year a number of Emirati up-and-coming musical talents have been confirmed as part of the exciting line-up on the Corniche. Catering to a wide variety of musical tastes, Mansour Zayed, Murex Role’s ‘Best Promising Singer in the Gulf’ winner and R&B brothers ‘Desert Heat’ will be performing on Thursday 1 November. Hip hop artist Hussain Hashim aka “Sain” will be opening the Corniche stage with a special R&B song recorded exclusively for Yasalam.

 

The F1 FanZone™ is open daily with a range of motorsport flavoured activities.  Open Thursday and Friday from 4pm till midnight, and Saturday – Wednesday 5pm – 11pm.

 

The Yasalam festival runs from 25 October to 4 November with music concerts, film events, creative workshops and the F1 FanZone™ at the Corniche, across the city, and on Yas Island. Live performances take place at du Arena on race weekend, exclusively for F1™ race ticket holders only.  This year’s performers are Kylie Minogue, Nickelback and Eminem. The full Yasalam programme is available to view at www.yasalam.ae

 

The 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held at Yas Marina Circuit on November 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Tickets can be purchased from www.yasmarinacircuit.com

YOUSEF: A REAL DJ IS NOT A FASHION ACCESSORY

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 5 December, 2011: As the Capital prepares to welcome the world’s leading DJs and artists for the biggest electronic music festival in the region, four internationally renowned spinners have taken the time out to send aspiring Arab DJs some helpful advice.

Yousef, Italoboyz, Markus Schulz and Slam, who jet in to Abu Dhabi later this week for the most anticipated electronic music fiesta the Capital has ever hosted, Creamfields Abu Dhabi, say, one of the most important things to remember is to be yourself.

Yousef, one of the most popular Arab DJs on the international circuit, said: “Following the crowd and social conformity within music is always temporary.”

Over the last few years, Yousef, an Egyptian based in the UK, has become a popular fixture on the music scene, playing worldwide to tens of thousands of party revelers. The most valuable piece of advice, he adds: “I would encourage a love for music, and make the DJ understand that being a real DJ is not a fashion accessory; it’s a passion.”

American-based German trance DJ Markus Schulz, who revolutionized trance music in the United States, had this piece of advice for aspiring young Arab spinners: “Find the groove that feels absolutely right for you and stick to it. So many DJs try to be all things to all people, and it just can’t happen. You can’t possibly have a true representation of yourself if you are trying to please every other person out there. It just isn’t possible. Find the style of music that moves and inspires you and stick to it!”

Native Italian duo Italoboyz, aka Marco Donato and Federico Marton, who are now based in London, suggested experimenting with sound and taking risks.

“Try to play music according to your real taste,” they said. “Don’t stick to the charts; try to play music that has a timeless feeling. Imagine hearing it yourself in a few years’ time and see if you will still like it. If the answer is yes, you have it.”

Slam, made up of Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle, said: “Use the internet to build your knowledge of the multifaceted genre that is electronic dance music.”

The Glasgow-based pair, known throughout the clubbing-world for their house and techno sound, added: Choose your own path, start doing your own parties with friends, try to do radio production, and create your own record label. Finally, approach clubs to guest on nights; get busy.”

Partygoers and music lovers can see the DJs ply their trade this weekend. For the first time Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011 will be held over two days at the YAS ARENA. Dance fans will enjoy over 24 hours of the world’s finest electronica Live and DJ talent.

Headlining the third installment of the annual electronic dance fiesta will be Tiesto, deadmau5, Magnetic Man, Ferry Corsten, Katy B, Laidback Luke, Tinie Tempa, and a host of special guests.

With multiple dance stages and arenas, as well as a host of weird and wonderful festival entertainment dotted around the YAS ARENA fields, Creamfields Abu Dhabi is now firmly established as one of the leading festivals in the region.

This year’s event is expected to attract even more with some of the hottest DJs spinning all weekend against a backdrop of cool chill out areas, VIP platforms, shisha lounges, massage areas, oxygen bars, heaps of whacky merchandise, rides, vendors and other exciting activities across the festival.

Artist line up for Thursday, December 8th includes deadmau5, Magnetic Man, Katy B, John Digweed, Ferry Cortsen, Markus Shulz, Danny Howells, Yousef, Jochen Miller plus local DJs Greg Stainer, Humaid, Pete Samplers, DJ Xavi & DJ Spider and from Audio Tonic: Mr Mr, Vas Floyd and Raxon.

Friday, December 9th will host Tiesto, Tinie Tempa, Laidback Luke, Marco Carola, Derrick Carter, Riva Starr, Slam Italoboyz, Madjam, Simonne Cooper plus local DJs Natalie Brogan, DJ Genie, Stacktrazz, Mark Pickup & Infusion Dj’s; Smokingroove, Andy Buchan, Charl Chaka and Afroboogie.

This year, to make this event even more impressive, two lucky people will get Creamfields Abu Dhabi VIP treatment, with a two day pass, backstage tour, meet and greet with select DJs and a weekend hotel stay on Yas Island. Visit www.creamfields.ae for more details.

Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011 is a 21+ event. Tickets at www.thinkflash.ae

Make it a Weekend. Make it a Yas Island Show Weekend. For tickets visit www.thinkflash.ae. Plan your weekend at www.yasisland.com. Stay tuned for the other events and surprises happening on Yas Island this year.

Incubus And The Cult Rocked Yas Arena

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Incubus - Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion

 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 13 November, 2011: Formula 1 ticket holders were treated to yet another thrilling concert performance, with British rock band The Cult and American rockers Incubus lighting up Yas Arena, Yas Island, last night.

Incubus - Chris Kilmore
Chris Kilmore – turntables, keyboards

 

Thousands of enthusiastic rock fans raced to the arena, shortly after the qualifying session ended, to secure their seats for the double act who produced a red-hot night of entertainment ahead of the final day of the 2011 F1™ Etihad Airways Dhabi Grand Prix.

Incubus - Mike Einziger
Mike Einziger – lead guitar, piano, backing vocals

 

The Cult stepped out on stage to a roaring welcome and did not let down their dedicated followers. The popular 80s British band performed some of their greatest hits including Lil’ Devil, Sweet Soul Sister and the Rain, a single from one of their famous albums Love which was released in 1985.

Mike Einziger - Ben Kenney
Ben Kenney – bass guitar, backing vocals

 

The American rock band Incubus were greeted with a deafening cheer as the group opened its show with Megalomaniac and then moved into tracks off their latest album If Not Now, When, including Promises, Defiance and Tomorrow’s Food.

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Incubus – Brandon Boyd

 

Alex Daristides a Dubai resident from Australia, said: “It was a great night. We spent a long day here as we originally came to watch the race and decided to stay for the concerts. The setup was great and we really enjoyed it.”

Incubus
Incubus – Brandon Boyd

 

Yasalam concludes tonight with one of the world’s most recognized performers, the legendary Paul McCartney. The show is exclusive to F1 ticket holders.

 

ABOUT FLASH ENTERTAINMENT

Based in Abu Dhabi, FLASH Entertainment is the regions premier live events company, with a proven track record in delivering fantastic events and experiences for people of Abu Dhabi, of any age, culture or nationality.

From movie premieres, classical shows, international tennis tournaments and megastar music concerts through to creating local community events, supporting local talent, and providing interactive experiences and edu-tainment, FLASH is committed to providing unique entertainment experiences.

FLASH has successfully delivered some of the biggest and most memorable live events in Abu Dhabi’s history. From ground breaking popstars to world film premieres, FLASH has already left an unforgettable mark on the city, and in the process entertained over half a million people.

 

ABOUT YASALAM

Yasalam was created by Abu Dhabi for residents and visitors to enjoy. It is a unique concept rooted in the cultural fabric, tastes and interests of the UAE appealing to all ages and backgrounds. With parades, simulators, parties, concerts, open-air cinema, art displays and much more, Yasalam means a whole heap of fun and entertainment in Abu Dhabi.

Each year Yasalam promises to be bigger, with more surprises and of course the big names performing on Yas Island. Yasalam events bring together a stellar line up of celebrated local, Arab and international artists performing for tens of thousands at Abu Dhabi Corniche for ‘Beats on the Beach’. Yasalam Live on Yas Island and Live on the Corniche attracts an audience of over half a million every year, from Abu Dhabi, the UAE, the region and internationally. The festival also integrates Abu Dhabi educational and community initiatives with festivities and entertainment throughout the Capital. Yasalam has the support of the government, the business community, the entertainment industry, after-race stakeholders and the people of Abu Dhabi.

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