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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Yasalam concludes tonight with one of the world’s most recognized performers, the legendary Paul McCartney. The show is exclusive to F1 ticket holders.
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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.
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.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 10 November, 2011: Thousands of music lovers from across the region grooved to the sounds of some of the hottest local, regional and international artists, on the opening night of ‘Beats on the Beach’.
Former Fugee Wyclef Jean capped off an impressive starry night, which began with local alternative rock band The Flaming Trees.
Fans were treated to the multicultural sound of Korean-pop sensation Seo In-Young, who attracted a large crowd of Asian music fans, while popular Middle Eastern artist Hicham El Hajj was a hit with the Arabic music lovers. Local musicians, Danny Band, also performed on the night.
Tonight’s event will see Najwa Karam, Ayman Zbib, Nine Muses, UK RnB sensation, J-Cole and local band Dahab rock the Abu Dhabi shores. Part of Yasalam Live on the Corniche, Beats on the Beach is a free event and will continue over the next four nights alongside the official F1 FanZone, filled with motorsport themed activities for all the family.
Friday night marks the first of the after-race concerts, ‘Live on Yas Island’, with Britney Spears, Incubus, The Cult and Sir Paul McCartney promising to deliver world-class entertainment. The Yasalam after-race concerts are exclusively for 2011 F1™ Etihad Airways Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders.To guarantee entry to any of the Yasalam after-race concerts, you must purchase an F1™ ticket for that days concert. Buy now at www.yasmarinacircuit.com
Beats on the Beach is a free event and will continue over four nights. For more information,visit www.yasalam.ae
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 26 October, 2011: ‘Nothing Else Matters’, that’s what thousands of fans chanted as they began arriving at the Yas Arena, Yas Island, on Tuesday night to see the biggest hard rock band on the planet perform for the first time in Abu Dhabi.
When die hard Metallica fans first heard the news they were coming to town, thousands snapped up tickets in record time and weren’t disappointed as the famous quartet of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammet and Robert Trujillo rocked the Yas Arena.
The hard rock legends, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary, opened the show with some of their most powerful hits, and for over 2 hours a capacity crowd was treated to one of the biggest rock concerts the region has ever seen.
The band dominated the biggest stage in the Middle East blasting out hits including Enter Sandman, Creeping Death, Nothing Else Matters, Sanitarium and Seek and Destroy. There were tears of joy on the front row as die hard rock fans from across the region screamed for their heroes.
After the show, fans praised the iconic band saying it was one of the most powerful and electrifying performances they had ever witnessed at the Yas Arena.
Tarek Al Alawi flew in from Egypt to see his icons perform. He said: “I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life. I’ve got nothing else to say”.
Amanda Peterson from Dubai said: “I never thought we’d see Metallica in the UAE. The energy is incredible. This is the biggest Tuesday night I’ve ever had. What a show”.
Fans can download the audio of Metallica’s performance for this show at www.livemetallica.com.
To see how Metallica prepared for Yas Arena show, go to www.thinkflash.ae from Thursday 27th October and watch an exclusive video from the band’s Tuning Room.
The next installment of YISW will see the biggest electronic festival in the Middle East; Creamfields Abu Dhabi 2011 returns to Yas Arena for 2 days of the world’s biggest DJs and live acts on December 8th and 9th.
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.
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.