Looking Back at the Performers of the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas alam After-Race Concerts

Top Quote Come November, everyone expects the most popular names in the world of music to land in Abu Dhabi and perform in the festivities happening at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. This makes the festival easily one of the biggest weekends in the UAE calendar. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 19, 2019 - With Travis Scott and The Killers set to perform in Dubai this year, take a look back at the previous performers in the after-race concerts.

    The first Abu Dhabi Grand Prix began with a bang, producing a powerful lineup of A-list international artists spread over many nights. The megastar Beyoncé inaugurated the show with a performance on Thursday evening and was followed by a performance from the pop group Jamiroquai a day after. The weekend ended with self-dubbed “Greatest Rock n’ Roll Band in America” Aerosmith performing on Sunday night.

    The event began on a Friday night with rapper Kanye West giving the opening performance. A day later, the angsty alt-rockers Linkin Park gave an explosive performance. The closing show by Prince still invokes a lot of nostalgia among the guests that attended the show, and even more so after his recent death.

    The festival had a colourful opening with US pop star Britney Spears being the opening performer. The next day saw some more alt-rock on Saturday with a double bill of Incubus and vintage-age act from The Cult. But, the heart-stealer was Paul McCartney who performed a hit-heavy Sunday set that saw not a single individual not being swayed by the tunes.

    Like the previous years, a successful female pop star like Kylie Minogue opened the weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix After-Race Concerts In fact, these were some popstars that the world recognised on a first-name basis. The fourth-year saw a guitar-centric night, with Nickelback taking the stage. The closing appearance and a pretty solid one was delivered by Eminem, with fans calling the act one of the best of the 2000s.

    This year saw the introduction of an all-star lineup of Arabic talent on the pre-race Thursday night. The night saw Egyptian pop sensation Amr Diab, Lebanese songstress Elissa, and Hussain Al Jassmi from the UAE. Friday saw Jay-Z taking the stage, nearly four years after his wife Beyonce had inaugurated the festival. Saturday saw some more rock notes from the progressively-minded Muse. The weekend was then rounded out by synth-pop behemoth Depeche Mode.

    This year also saw an Arabic-themed Thursday with Mohammed Assaf, Faeyes Al Saeed, Carole Samaha, and Tamer Hosny. The first headliner DJ Armin van Buuren arrived on Friday to create a never-seen-before technological spectacle with his dynamic live show. The next day saw Pharell Williams perform ‘Happy’, along with other tracks, while on Sunday, the ageing rock legends The Who kicked off their 50th-anniversary farewell tour.

    The opening night saw Algeria’s Cheb Khaled, Fares Karam from Lebanon and Aryam from UAE perform during the night. Friday saw an energetic performance from the Latin op heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, while the rest of the weekend had a literate and influential indie theme. Florence and the Machine performed some stellar sets, while Britpop icons Blur delivered an amazing curtain-closer.

    The year saw excitement across Abu Dhabi at Yasalam 2016 race weekend with a crowd-stomping performance by Pitbull – ‘Mr. Worldwide’ – at the du Arena, Yas Island after the 2016 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Chemical Brothers came up with a chemical cocktail like no other at the du Arena for the Friday After-Race Concert.

    The music lineup during the weekend saw some big names. The proceedings kicked off on Thursday with Scottish producer and DJ Calvin Harris. The cool kids grooved to Hip-Hop star J. Cole on Friday. British roots rockers Mumford & Sons raised the roof on Saturday. The weekend closed with Pop veteran Pink giving a thrilling performance.

    R ‘n’ B singer The Weeknd performed for eager fans by kicking off the show with ‘Pray For Me’ followed by his other famous hits. The Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith took the stage on Saturday, while rock icons Guns N’Roses swayed the crowd on Sunday Night.

    As of now, all that is known is that Hip Hop superstar Travis Scott will headline the Yasalam After-Race Concert at the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix 2019. Scott is set to perform at Du Arena, Yas Island, on Friday, 29th November. Fans can expect some of his most famous hits such as ‘Yosemite’, ‘Antidote’, ‘Sicko Mode’ and others.

    Looking at the previous concerts 2019 looks promising, although the rest of the lineup has yet to be revealed. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix After-Race Concerts have been crowd-pullers for the past decade and seem to be on a track to becoming the premier destination for musical performances and post-race events.

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    NOTE: We recently announced “The Killers” who will perform on Sunday December 1st, so please include this as well

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