Thirty Seconds to Mars

Thirty Seconds to Mars 02 Mar 2015
Live Nation Middle East launches first-ever nationwide amateur talent search to perform at Thirty Seconds to Mars pre-show concert through #MarsBattleoftheBands competition

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Live Nation Middle East announces that the pre-show for the Thirty Seconds to Mars’ concert on Friday, April 10thwill feature a local band or solo artist from a competition dubbed as #MARSBattleoftheBands. The winning act not only shares the stage with Thirty Seconds to Mars and alternative rock band Juliana Down, they also get to perform in front of the multi-platinum album American rock band’s 10,000 fans at the Dubai World Trade Centre Arena.

The #MARSBattleoftheBands is a competition open to all UAE and GCC residents with no minimum age limit or restriction on number of band members. This is a chance for various types of musicians, from solo artists to bands, to enter and try their luck at getting discovered. In order to join, entries need to upload a 30 Seconds clip of their performance on Facebook or Twitter or their chosen social platform with the hashtag #MARSBattleoftheBands and #MARSinDubai. Submissions will be accepted from March 2nd until March 23rd. The region’s music industry heavyweights make up the judging panel comprising of James Craven, Live Nation Middle East Managing Director; Tyler Mervyn, Live Nation Senior Vice President of Talent; Patrick Boulos, CEO of Universal Music Middle East& North Africa, Dia Hassan, lead vocalist of Juliana Down; Kris Fade, Virgin Radio Host and Artist;and Senior Executive of Du Live. The esteemed panel of judges will pick the top ten and final five finalists. The winner will be chosen by the band members of Thirty Seconds to Mars and will be announced on Sunday, April 5th.

“Live Nation Middle East believes that there is a pantheon of local performers in the country that deserve a branded platform to showcase their talent. Hence, together with Thirty Seconds to Mars, who genuinely would like to support these amazing talents, we have decided to do #MARSBattleoftheBands,” says Tyler Mervyn, Senior Vice President of Talent.

The concert is in collaboration with Middle East Film and Comic Con 2015 (MEFCC), the region’s largest popular culture festival showcasing Film, TV, Sci-Fi, Animation, Gaming, Comics and more. MEFCC takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 9th to 11th.

Tickets are priced at 295 AED for general admission, with fan pit access priced at 395 AED, and 550 AED for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased online via They are also available at Jacky’s Electronics in their Dubai Mall, Sharjah City Centre, Ajman City Centre and Nasr Squar branches; Samsung’s Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, Khalidiya Mall Abu Dhabi and My City Centre, Nasseriya branches; and Carrefour Al Shindagha, Airport Road Abu Dhabi and Marina Mall Abu Dhabi. Ticket hotline is available from 10:00am to 7:00pm, seven days a week on 800 TMUAE (800 86823) or on the international number +9714 366 2289. Fans can get up close and personal with limited edition meet-and-greet tickets from For more information please visit

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