There’s a lot of live music coming our way on F1 weekend.
Grammy Award-wining performers, the highest streaming artists and spanning a vast range of genres, it’s all happening over a few days on Yas Island.
So, who’s performing where during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?
Yasalam after-race concerts
Thursday November 28
Kicking-off the weekend on Thursday November 28 is a performance by multi-platinum selling DJ and music producer Marshmello. Known for his striking white helmet that masks his identity, he most recently performed a massive virtual concert through the video game Fortnite (pretty clever, right?). If you ever listen to the radio then you’ll definitely know his tunes as he is everywhere at the moment. His famous collaborations include the catchy track Happier with British band Bastille (who also played in the capital earlier this year), Silence with American RnB artist Khalid and Wolves with pop princess Selena Gomez. Other songs you’ll definitely be singing along to include his own tracks Alone and Keep It Mello featuring Omar LinX. His show is sure to be an exciting way to dance your way into the weekend and set the tone for the next three artists.
Future and Gucci Mane
Friday November 29
US rappers Future and Gucci Mane will be taking to the stage on Friday November 29. Grammy Award winner Future is best known for his songs Mask Off, Low Life, Love Me and Turn on the Lights. American rapper and Grammy Award nominee Gucci Mane is known for his hits Wake Up In The Sky, I Get The Bag and I Heard. The duo will perform in the place of Travis Scott who pulled out of the concerts due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
Lana Del Ray
Saturday November 30
On the Saturday of Race Weekend the husky-voiced singer is making her Abu Dhabi debut. Music fans have been falling in love with the talented American since she first uploaded her self-made videos to her signature songs Video Games and Blue Jeans to Youtube back in 2012, and since then she has become a massive star. There won’t be a dry eye in the house as she performs emotional tracks like Born to Die and Young and Beautiful, and we also can’t wait to hear her blast out her other moving songs like Summertime Sadness, Lust For Life, Ride and Love. The show is part of her tour to promote her sixth studio album, which was only recently released in the summer, but we can still expect her to play all our favourites too. Currently on her fifth world tour, this lady really knows how to captivate an audience and she will leave you amazed.
Sunday December 1
Race Weekend will come to a close in a typically spectacular style on Sunday December 1 with a performance from rock band The Killers. The American rockers really are a household name, and we can’t imagine that many people in the world don’t know every word to Mr Brightside and Somebody Told Me (or is it just us who danced to these songs on every single night out at university?). It’s been ten years since the band last performed in Abu Dhabi (at Emirates Palace in 2009), and we really can’t wait to welcome them back. If you want a taste of the treat we’re in for you can watch the videos of the band headlining the UK’s Glastonbury festival this summer, and we’ve had our playlists of their biggest hits set up since it was first announced that they were the Sunday-night Yasalam act back in July. Get ready to jump about to Human, When We Were Young, Read My Mind, The Man and all the rest of the group’s biggest hits.
MAD on Yas Island
Saturday November 30
Taking to the stage on Saturday November 30, NE-YO will be performing for fans in the capital. The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter joins a big line-up of acts to perform in the UAE capital during race week. Ne-Yo is probably best known for his hits Miss Independent, Because of You, Another Love Song and So Sick. The Yas Island Club is open late so we wouldn’t expect to see the American star perform until the wee hours. At least it’s a long weekend in the UAE so you won’t have to be too tired in work the next day or if you’re heading to the big race.
Sunday December 1
The singer (and dancer, don't forget the dancing) is perhaps best known for his smash hits Yeah, My Boo and U Got It Bad. He'll be appearing at superclub MAD on Yas Island on the night after the F1 race itself - Sunday December 1. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be a huge night at the Yas Island nightclub and we’re expecting a huge crowd for this one.
Tyga and Trey Songz
Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1
BASE, Dubai’s super-club has announced a big line-up for F1 weekend from November 29 to December 1. First, on Saturday November 30, multi-platinum rapper Tyga, known for his hits Taste, Juicy, Girls Have Fun and Swish, will take to the stage to perform for fans in the capital. Bringing the party to a close on Sunday December 1, after the big race, singer, songwriter, producer and actor Trey Songz will be live in Abu Dhabi. The venue, located above Cipriani on Yas Island, will open from 11pm until the small hours and it’s sure to be buzzing over F1 weekend. For more information and reservations call 055 934 8261 and visit www.basedubai.com.