x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 25 November 2017

Katy Perry to roar in Abu Dhabi New Year’s eve show

The pop-star will make her debut in the capital on the back of her new album Witness.

Katy Perry will perform in Yas Island's du Arena on December 31 REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/
Katy Perry will perform in Yas Island's du Arena on December 31 REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/

Katy Perry will ring in the new year in Abu Dhabi.

The US pop star has been announced to perform at Yas Island’s du Arena on December 31.

The news marks the Abu Dhabi debut for the 33-year-old (real name Katheryn Hudson) whose previous UAE shows have been limited to Dubai. Her last appearance was in 2015 where she performed as part of the Dubai Air Show exclusive gala dinner at Atlantis The Palm.

Perry returns to the UAE on the back of her latest album Witness. Released in June, the album has been well received, having topped numerous international album charts in addition producing the hits Chained to the Rhythm and Swish Swish.

With each world tour boasting elaborate production tying with album’s theme, Perry’s latest show is now different. Her latest stage design has a large eye shaped screen with Perry and her crew dancing over various stage platforms and in one case a floating cuboid. During her present North American tour, Perry was also spotted riding onto the stage on a motorcycle.

On the fashion front, Perry’s stage wardrobe is characteristically bold. Her costumes include a sparkling hooded red-dress, there are also an array of pantsuits and leatherjackets while her backing singers wear dresses of different shapes and in one section paper doll cut outs.

Born in Santa Barbara, Perry initially launched her music career as gospel singer in 2001 before moving towards pop music after the failure of her 2001 debut Katy Hudson. Hooking up with top songwriters Max Martin and Dr Luke, the singer released her second album, 2008's One of the Boys which was home to the hits I Kissed a Girl and Hot'n'Cold.

Her follow up albums 2010's Teenage Dream and 2013’s Prism saw her perfecting her brand of colourful and exuberant pop with anthems California Gurls and Roar.

Perry’s Abu Dhabi date follow’s Coldplay’s successful new year’s eve concert at Du Arena last year which saw over 20,000 fans in attendance.

Tickets start from Dh350 and will go on sale at 12pm Wednesday, 8 November at www.ticketmaster.ae and Virgin Megastores across the UAE. For more details go to www.thinkflash.ae

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