Con­cert chief plays down anx­i­ety fears

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Or­gan­is­ers for Zayn Ma­lik’s Dubai show “don’t have any doubt” the for­mer One Di­rec­tion star will still put on a top show in Oc­to­ber, af­ter the solo star pulled out of a high-pro­file Lon­don con­cert at the week­end, cit­ing anx­i­ety.

The Pil­lowtalk singer pre­vi­ously left Dubai fans dis­ap­pointed when he quit the Bri­tish boy band ahead of their UAE date in April 2015.

On Satur­day, he pulled out of the Cap­i­tal FM Sum­mer­time Ball at Wem­b­ley at the last minute.

Zayn tweeted: “Un­for­tu­nately my anx­i­ety that has haunted me through­out the last few months around live per­for­mances has got the bet­ter of me. With the mag­ni­tude of the event I have suf­fered the worst anx­i­ety of my ca­reer.

“I can­not apol­o­gise enough… I know those who suf­fer anx­i­ety will un­der­stand and I hope those who don’t can em­pathise with my sit­u­a­tion.”

Thomas Ovesen, CEO of 117 Live, is con­fi­dent there won’t be any is­sue with the one-off Dubai show at the Autism Rocks Arena on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7. He said: “The show we have is a full live show with a full band and I would like to think that Zayn has plenty of time now to get ac­cus­tomed to that show and com­fort­able with it. And also, on the ba­sis of what hap­pened (on Satur­day) I would say that the au­di­ence he can ex­pect on Oc­to­ber 7, judg­ing by the com­ments we’ve been get­ting, is go­ing to be the most lov­ing au­di­ence I can imag­ine any artist would be able to per­form to. Th­ese are ob­vi­ously su­per fans.”

It was just over a year ago that the 23-year-old walked away from 1D ahead of their sell-out show at The Sevens sta­dium last April.

Ovesen said: “I’m cer­tain there are some is­sues with re­gards to be­com­ing a solo artist but I think the kind of show he is go­ing to do for us - and will even­tu­ally take around the world - is a dif­fer­ent sce­nario.

“He is go­ing from a boy band with other per­form­ers and now stand­ing at the front of the stage. He has the band be­hind him but ul­ti­mately he is com­pletely ex­posed. I think he has got plenty of time to deal with that and so far, we don’t have any doubt that he is go­ing to put in a crack­ing per­for­mance in Oc­to­ber 7.”

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