Live Nation Middle East has today announced that the pre-show for the Thirty Seconds to Mars’ concert on Friday, April 10th will feature a local band or solo artist, selected from a competition dubbed #MARSBattleoftheBands.
The winning act will not only share the stage with Thirty Seconds to Mars, they will also get to perform in front of the multi-platinum selling rock band’s 10,000 fans at the Dubai World Trade Centre Arena.
The #MARSBattleoftheBands competition is open to all UAE and GCC residents with no minimum age limit or restriction on number of band members. Various types of musicians, from solo artists to bands, are all invited to enter and try their luck.
In order to join, entrants need to upload a 30-second clip of their performance on Facebook, Twitter or their chosen social platform with the hashtag #MARSBattleoftheBands and #MARSinDubai. Submissions will be accepted from March 2nd until March 23rd.
The regional music industry judging panel comprises James Craven, Live Nation Middle East managing director; Tyler Mervyn, Live Nation senior vice president of talent; Patrick Boulos, CEO of Universal Music MENA, Dia Hassan, lead vocalist of Juliana Down; Kris Fade, local radio DJ; and a senior executive of Du Live.
The judges will pick the top ten and final five finalists. The winner will then be chosen by the band members of Thirty Seconds to Mars and will be announced on Sunday, April 5th.
The Thirty Seconds to Mars concert is in collaboration with Middle East Film and Comic Con 2015 (MEFCC), which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 9th to 11th.
Tickets for the gig are priced at Dhs295 for general admission, with fan pit access priced at Dhs395, and Dhs550 for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased online here. Fans can also get up close and personal with the band thanks to limited edition meet-and-greet tickets, available here.