Abu Dhabi: Post Malone returns to the UAE this December
Post is an artist that always delivers…
Yet another star has been confirmed for what is already a dazzling cosmos of entertainment over Abu Dhabi’s Winter 2022/23 calendar. The latest act, Post Malone joins Westlife, Disney on Ice, Andrea Boccelli, The Lion King stage show, Sting, Liam Gallagher, Kaiser Cheifs and Clean Bandit, Kendrick Lamar, Swedish House Mafia, Black Pink, the UFC, a WBA Championship fight, the F1, Mubadala Tennis, Jimmy Carr, and Kevin Bridges.
And breathe. Booked in for December 3, the ‘always tired’ Rockstar rap impresario, will take to the stage at Etihad Park, (formally du Arena). ‘Wow’, Just ‘Wow’.
Post Malone, real name Austin Post — with the Malone half of his stage moniker allegedly spat from a rap name generator — is not an artist that seems to care much about expectations. Back before his Rap Billboard number ones, Posty — an artist that most consistently cites Bob Dylan as his biggest influence, had already spent time playing guitar in a heavy metal band.
Seeking out new sound experiences, Malone went on to swap shred for dreads, and grew a devoted Soundcloud audience with his unique blend of hip hop, trap, alt rock, pop and electro. The genre-melting break-out hit on debut album Stoney, was 2017’s aspirational ‘Congratulations’, which features the artist rapping and singing over what would become signature trap drum loops.
The soulful hooks kept rolling on through his 2018 multi-award-winning second album, with ‘Rockstar’ taking the US 100 number one spot. His third album Hollywood’s Bleeding dropped just a year later in 2019 and although it spins with a slightly more refined sound, that same skillful blending of musical styles threads through the tracklist. For a quick demo of audio diversity, channel your inner shuffle button and play singles ‘Wow’ and ‘Circles’ back-to-back, comparing musical notes.
The nine-time Grammy Award nominee is BACK #InAbuDhabi
— Flash Entertainment (@ThinkFlash) September 30, 2022
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Post Malone’s December 2022 performance won’t be the first time he’s lit up a Yas Island stage. He was here for 2018’s F1 Yasalam After-Race concerts, droppin’ bangers, and poppin’ shawarmas like a Rockstar. His performance of ‘Congratulations’ is always an emotional one, offering a pre-stardom snapshot of the Malone mindset.
It also includes the line ‘worked so hard forgot how to vacation’. And that hasn’t changed. In addition to the Herculean toil ethic that saw him put out three albums in three years, play tours, make podcast appearances, enjoy numerous ‘featured’ credits — the New York state native also somehow found time to take up acting roles in Guy Richie’s Wrath of Man, and Peter Berg’s Spenser. Still we’d vote for his (five-time) collaboration with the pragmatic footwear brand, Crocs as his most rapper-expectation-defying behaviour.
One thing you can expect from a Post Malone concert though, is one epic show.