Fancy a weekend break? Try these regional events in April
Time Out Bahrain staff
Yanni back in Dubai
April 4/5 Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai If you missed him in Bahrain, Greek superstar pianist, keyboard player and composer Yanni is appearing for two nights in Dubai as part of a his World Without Borders Tour which is helping to raise awareness of the World Wildlife Fund’s work to protect giant pandas. A supremely talented musician, Yanni uses the musical shorthand he has developed blending jazz, classical, soft rock and world music to create mostly-instrumental works that can be real crowd pleasers. Tickets from BD30 from Time Out Tickets www.itp.net/tickets
Du Music Festival
April 5-6 Various venues Dubai The last weekend of the Du Music Festival has three totally different but equally awesome acts with Indian super star Sonu Nigam kicking off the action at Dubai Tennis Stadium leading a 40-strong group of performers in Klose to my Heart a four-hour-long Bollywood musical (tickets from BD15). Also on Friday night, US rockers Train take to the Stage at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre (tickets from BD30). And on Saturday night, Egyptian singer and geel composer Amr Diab will perform live alongside the UAE’s homegrown superstar Hussein Al Jasmi (tickets from BD20). Tickets from Time out Tickets at www.itp.net/tickets.
Middle East Film and Comic Con
April 5/6 Dubai International Marine Club, Dubai After a successful first year with over 15,000 visitors coming in from as far afield as New Zealand – MEFCC is back with names such as Marvel, Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal and OSN exhibiting. The big question on everyone’s lips is which celebrities will be gracing the stages after last year’s event attracted the likes of John Rhys Davies, Jason Momoa, Laurie Holden. MEFCC 2013 will once again be bringing in film, TV, comics, manga, animation, collectibles and pop art and, as well as lots of costumed attendees, the event will be hosting celebrity cosplayers as well as the ever- growing community in the Middle East. Tickets from BD7.5 check www.mefcc.com/tickets for details.
Bryn Terfel in concert
Sun, April 7 Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman Renowned Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has been described by the Sunday Telegraph as “a force of nature”. Terfel rose to prominence when he won the Lieder Prize in the 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World competition and has since performed in all the great opera houses of the world. Fresh from closing the Abu Dhabi Festival, he will be in Oman for one night only to give fans another chance to catch his unique blend of beloved arias, popular favourites and traditional Welsh song. Tickets from BD20 www.rohmuscat.org.om
Bruno Mars live
Fri, Apr 12 Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai The Grammy-award winning Lazy Song singer makes his Middle East debut this month with a one-off appearance where fans can look forward to a selection of material old and new and, if reviews are anything to go by, a darn fine evening’s entertainment. Tickets from BD30 from Time Out Tickets www.itp.net/tickets.
Dubai Rock Fest
Friday, Apr 12 Emirates Golf Club Guitar genius Yngwie Malmsteen and Swedish death metal band Dark Tranquillity headline this one day celebration of all things heavy. The Dubai Rock Fest brings together six heavy metal and rock groups, with France’s Nightmare, Myrath from Tunisia, the UK’s The Sanity Days and local rockers Anuryzm also on the bill so if you like your music loud, this is the one. Tickets from BD30 from Time Out Tickets www.itp.net/tickets.
Metallica in Abu Dhabi
Fri, Apr 19 Du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi LA heavy rockers and supposed ‘founding fathers’ of the thrash metal scene Metallica aren’t just about loud grungy shock rock, they’re also superb musicians with some seriously thoughtful lyrics. If you’re already a fan, grab tickets for this one quick. If you’re not, go take a look, you may be surprised. Tickets from BD30 from www.thinkflash.ae.
April 19-21 Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman Russia’s world-renowned Mariinsky Opera, led by artistic director Valery Gergiev, performs Giacomo Puccini’s beloved Madama Butterfly telling the story of the lovely Butterfly, who sacrifices everything for love. Enchanted by the dashing American naval officer Pinkerton, the naive Butterfly believes they can make a life together but, when Pinkerton’s time in Japan is over, she is left to fend for herself with her faith that her love will return. Hauntingly beautiful tunes in a stunning new venue. Tickets from BD30 from www.rohmuscat.org.om
Unseen artworks go on show
April 22-July 20 Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi Portrait of a Lady, an unseen work by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, will go on show alongside around 130 other unexhibited artworks. The portrait will be part of the ‘Birth of a Museum’ exhibition on Saadiyat Island, which starts on April 22 and runs until July 20. The show will be a forerunner for the new Louvre Abu Dhabi when it opens in 2015 and the Picasso will form part of the venue’s permanent exhibition. Portrait of a Lady is a virtually unknown piece and has apparently only been mentioned once in writings about Picasso in ‘A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932’ written by John Richardson in 2007, so its acquisition is a major coup for the new Louvre.
Happy Mondays live
Fri, April 26 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai Fresh on the triumph that was the the Stone Roses, the full Happy Mondays line-up will be performing for the first time in Dubai this month. This year the original line-up of the British indie band will tour together for the first time in 19 years – and they’re coming to Dubai. Tickets from BD20 from Time Out Tickets www.itp.net/tickets