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La Vida Locus

CHECK OUT THE self-titled debut EP by pop-rock outfit Behold the Locus, out now in Virgin Megastores, released after the UAE-based group landed themselves a distribution deal with Music Master.

The quintet, who plan to release a full-length album next year, have played shows at Abu Dhabi’s Yaslam Festival, Metal Asylum and the Dubomedy Festival prior to the release of their six-track EP.

“The EP has been a work in progress for more than two years, so we are very excited,” said guitarist and composer Fabian Martin. “The artwork and music were all completed in the UAE, and we are proud to be contributing to the development of a strong local music scene in the Emirates.”

See for more on the band.

Going red

LEARN THE SKILLS of Scholes, the guile of Giggs and the fearlessness of Fletcher at Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) in Abu Dhabi, which launches a new 10-week programme on Saturday, January 8.

The course will focus on the challenges and techniques required to master the midfield positions, and children can also enjoy the social element of the experience.

Registration is now open for the programme, which features 12.5 hours of on-field coaching in the technical, tactical, mental and physical aspects of the game.

The cost of Dhs1,650 includes an exclusive Nike Manchester United training kit (shirt, shorts and socks, MUSS drawstring bag, water bottle and skills ball). Youngsters will benefit from catch-up sessions and individual player evaluation, while footballing parents can enjoy a coaching session all of their own.

Consistently excellent performers will be invited to join a special development programme, and the two most skilful players will receive an all-expenses trip to Manchester to participate in the World Skills Final tournament.

Visit or call 02 449 8480 for more details.

The best of Bollywood

AISHWARYA RAI (ABOVE), Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan are among the stars confirmed for the Masala Awards, to be held at the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumierah.

Joining them for the ceremony, which brings Bollywood A-listers together with South Asia’s highest achievers in the UAE, will be beauties Malaika Arora Khan and Urmila Matondkar.

Though the event is invite-only, you can win VIP tickets to the Masala Awards by voting for your favourite Bollywood personalities at

The prize includes a glamorous outfit, full beauty makeover, limo pick-up, a night at a five-star hotel and a photoshoot on the red carpet. Voting closes today – so get your skates on if you’d like to be rubbing shoulders with Big B later this month.

Tiesto round two

SUPERSTAR DJ TIESTO has confirmed he will perform on Yas Island in February, after the Dutchman’s October show was cancelled due to technical problems with the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The trance legend, consistently named one of the world’s best DJs, will play the FLASH Forum as part of his enormous Kaleidoscope World Tour.

Tickets go on sale to the general public from Sunday, December 19, while ticket purchasers for the original show can book their place from Thursday, December 16.

Gimme Shelter

THE SHELTER ARTSPACE in Al Quoz has a range of activities planned for the rest of December, from dancing to textiles to ‘speak dating’.

The latter, in which two people of different native tongues teach one another their language, takes place tonight from 7pm to 9pm.

This Saturday, instructor Tsufa Bijelic will lead a one-day course on dress patterns and construction techniques – teaching about seams, hem finishes, adapting necklines and silhouette styles.

For those wishing to learn either yoga or flamenco dancing, Ana Otero will be on hand every Saturday and Sunday respectively, and she is also hosting a flamenco performance this Thursday night.

Finally, as part of AIDS Awareness Month, Shelter will host a dance event on December 23, featuring Sandwash, Mestiza, Hamdan Al Abri (left) and DJ Trina, with proceeds going to UNICEF.

Visit for more on any of these events.

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