Nicki Minaj will be the inaugural act at a new mega stadium project when she takes to the stage on Friday March 25.
Almost certainly the biggest urban music star to headline a concert in the region since Justin Timberlake, the superstar will perform at 117Live’s The Venue @ Dubai Outlet Mall.
The Trinidad-born 33-year-old will break new ground with next month’s show in Dubai, as the concert will be the first held at a “temporary” venue next to where Al Ahli Group, along with 117Live, are set to start work on a giant new 25,000-capacity dedicated open-air amphitheatre – the first of its kind in Dubai – which will open in 2017.
Time Out Dubai has got the lowdown on what fans can expect from both venues, but we’re sworn to secrecy. Rest assured, it will be every bit as special as the renderings suggested when they were released last year.
Minaj, who has almost 50 million followers on Instagram, was last on tour in summer 2015 when her The Pinkprint 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.
As part of the celebrations of this landmark concert, organisers 117Live, who boast the same team that previously brought One Direction and Justin Bieber to the region, are offering early-bird tickets for just Dhs117, including free shuttle bus to the venue.
Gigs we really think could happen at The Venue
The Londoner is the biggest star on the planet right now; her most recent album, 25, was 2015’s top seller within three weeks of its release.
The team who bought the Canadian to the region in 2013 are the brains behind 117Live. We think it’s about time he came back.
Former nsync singer
His 2014 sell-out du Arena show was hailed as one of the best ever to take place at the venue. He hasn’t toured since, but is likely to with new material.
The most in-demand
The 26-year-old’s 1989 World Tour wrapped in December without reaching the Middle East, but we think Dubai will be next for the star.