Dutch house DJ Tiesto has been confirmed to play a show in Abu Dhabi on October 1.
The concert-style event will be staged at ADNC’s Abu Dhabi Hall and will offer standing room and VIP tables for an expected 4,000 punters.
Production suppliers for the gig - part of the Tiesto’s 14-month Kaleidoscope world tour – will be announced later in the week, according to promoter Flash Entertainment.
Lee Charteris, operations director said the show will be a full-scale production, much like with an international band.
“We wanted to do a new format [for a dance event], to go indoors and have it not like a traditional DJ show,” he said.
“It will be a full LED production – a complete live show rather than his appearances in clubs where it’s just a DJ set-up.”
He was quick to squash any discussion about a potential repeat of Tiesto’s disastrous failed performance in neighbouring Bahrain, when the DJ failed to take to the stage following what he called a “miscommunication” over the currency in which his payment was to have been made. His no-show resulted in a riot in Manama, with audience members throwing bottles, storming the stage and stealing speakers and audio equipment.
“We’re an international company, he’ll be paid in whatever currency he wants, his UK-based agency will deal with that,” Charteris explained.
Tiesto has played controversy-free sets in Dubai at the Madinat Arena and Festival City.