Two of the most high-profile performers to ever come to Qatar will sing at post-match concerts this week at the 24th Men’s Handball World Championship, organizers have confirmed.
American pop stars Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will perform separately at the Lusail Multipurpose Hall, which has the capacity to seat 15,300 people.
Williams, best known for his global hit Happy, will perform on Thursday, Jan. 22 following a match between Russia and Denmark.
Stefani – who rose to stardom as the lead singer of No Doubt before embarking on a successful solo career – will perform two days later on Saturday, Jan. 24 at the conclusion of the match between Denmark and Poland.
Both performers are coaches for reality TV show “The Voice,” where amateur vocalists are invited to compete in a talent competition similar to American Idol.
The handball championship kicked off last week, and runs through Feb. 1. Attendance at matches has varied, but the last-minute addition of these performers is likely to inject a new feeling of excitement about the tournament amongst residents.
Meanwhile, another favorite performer, UB40, is expected to sing at the end of play on Jan. 23 at the annual Commercial Bank Qatar Masters golf tournament, which begins tomorrow.
While a spokesperson for Qatar’s Handball Championship organizing committee confirmed the Williams and Stefani concerts to Doha News this morning, additional information was not immediately available.
As of this morning, there appeared to still be several hundred tickets available for both dates.
Tickets range from QR25 to QR125 for the preliminary rounds, which take place before Jan. 25. However, most of the less-expensive seats are already sold out for the dates in question.
The assumption is that buying a ticket to the game ensures a seat for the post-match concert.
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