This year's entertainment has got everything from Mandopop to old-school hip hop to EDM
The F1 Singapore Grand Prix returns for its 10th time this year. If you’ve been watching it from the comfort of your silent home for the last nine years, it’s time to venture out into F1 territory and join the action from 14-16 September. To ease you in, we suggest this little list of some F1 essentials: earbuds, a poster supporting Vettel, deodorant (it gets sweaty, trust us) and of course, tickets to the race. But we digress; we’re here to tell you about the concerts (because we all know it ain’t just about the race). Previous F1 entertainment lineups have included the likes of Pharrell, J-Lo, Seal and Duran Duran. Who’s coming this year? Here goes…
Performing on Friday 14 September
Kicking off the list is Jay Chou, the Mandopop titan who can’t get enough of humid Singapore. After performing here just a few months ago, he’s back to get the fans screaming louder than revving engines. Expect hits from his 14th studio album Bedtime Stories and also a special collaboration with homegrown jazz vocalist Joanna Dong, who was also his mentee in Sing! China.
Performing Saturday 15 September
Fresh from Coachella and Lollapalooza, Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers is back to tear up the stage with cult songs ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Somebody Told me’. Sharing the stage on Saturday is our preferred Liam in the music industry. Liam Gallagher was the former co-lead singer of rock band Oasis and Beady Eye and aims to bring the house down with hits from his latest album As You Were. If English music isn’t your jam, Sekai No Owari is a timely intervention. Whether you’re a Weebo or a Coulrophobe, you’ve got to admit this eclectic Japanese pop-rock band has the firepower to equal a Ferrari. Jam to songs from the latest album Tree as well as hot singles One More Night and Stargazer.
Performing Sunday 16 September
The biggest event on Sunday has to be Martin Garrix, followed by the race. This superstar is back to knock the socks off all the maniacal EDM heads out there with his hit songs So Far Away and Scared To Be Lonely. While we were all disappointed he wasn’t part of the Ultra lineup, at least this Garrix-crazy generation will get to see their idol at the F1. Joining him on race day is up-and-coming English singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, here to perform her top hits that reached record-breaking highs on the UK charts.
Over the three days, the Singapore Grand Prix features other big international acts including British soul and pop band Simply Red, old-school hip-hop group The Sugarhill Gang, tribute band Bjorn Again, and Scottish trio Young Fathers. A host of Singaporean acts will also ply their trade that weekend: check out vintage pop artist Miss Lou, the soulful Matteblacc, and mad moshing groups Eatmepoptart and Emonightsg.
Real talk: we’ve gotta say we think that this year’s lineup isn’t as enticing as previous years (think Queen, One Republic and Bon Jovi). But one thing’s for sure, it’s definitely going to be a weekend of non-stop revelry and thrilling night racing.
Formula 1 2018 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, 14-16 Sep, Marina Bay Street Circuit, for more information on ticket prices and events, visit the official Singapore Grand Prix site
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