As the big race comes back to Singapore’s streets in September, it brings with it some of the world’s best musical acts and most revered performers. Everyone from pop goddess Gwen Stefani to American funk rock icons Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to feature during the F1 concerts this year. Catch the action at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from 20 to 22 September!
Day 1 Highlights:
International trio Swedish House Mafia return to our shores at the Padang Stage Zone 4 on 20 September, with a late evening set starting at 10.15pm. Join Axwell, Steve Angelo and Sebastian Ingrosso will bring their entertaining house music setup, playing global hits “Don’t You Worry Child”, “Save the World” and more.
Also making an appearance on Day 1 are Jamaican reggae pioneers Toots and the Maytals at the Wharf Stage, Zone 1 (6.15pm). Don’t worry if you miss them; they’ll return on Day 3 (22 September) at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre Zone 4, at 7pm.
For a bit of local representation, catch Singapore’s very own British-born R&B songstress Ffion at Zone 3 Uptown from 6pm. She has racked up over 1.8 million Spotify plays with her 2017 EP Bad Habits and earned a place in Apple Music’s “New Artist Spotlight” Playlist too.
Day 2 ‘Don’t Miss’ Acts:
Pop icon Gwen Stefani – known best to some as a coach on The Voice but even better to many as a member of 90s sensation No Doubt – will get those hands in the air on 21 September, Day 2 of the F1 at Padang Stage Zone 4, starting at 8pm. Stefani’s has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and big hits such as “Spiderwebs”, “Don’t Speak” and “Hollaback Girl” are sure to feature.
Also hitting centre stage on Day 2 is legendary English rock band Muse, at Padang Stage Zone 4 (10.15pm). With more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, you’re guaranteed to get your rock on as Matt Bellamy and crew belt out hits such as “Hysteria” and “Plug in Baby”. You’ll also want to catch the Lighthouse Family who will performing at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre (Zone 4) on 21 September. The British duo rose to fame with hit singles “Lifted” and “Ocean Drive”.
Crafting banging beats since 1996, British DJ and producer Fatboy Sim will have you jumping along to his signature tunes including “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” and “Sunset (Bird of Prey)” at The Wharf Stage Zone 1, 7.30pm. You can also catch him on Day 3 (22 September) at the Padang Stage Zone 4 starting at 6pm.
Indie-electronic band The Ramona Flowers have also recently been added to the lineup at this year’s F1 concerts. They’ll be taking on the Sunset Stage (Zone 1) on 21 September and the Downtown Stage (Zone 4) the next day.
Day 3 Essential Viewing:
Day 3 of the F1 concerts will keep you on your feet, with American funk rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers bringing their instantly recognisable grooves to our shores at the Padang Stage Zone 4 at 10.30pm. Join one of the most successful rock bands of all time as lead singer Anthony Kiedis leads his troops through some of the genre’s best known tracks, from “Californication” to “Under the Bridge”.
Classical music fans, we haven’t forgotten you! You can catch the renowned film score composer Hans Zimmer at the Wharf Stage Zone 1 (6pm), with plenty of movie nostalgia in store as Zimmer and his live symphony orchestra perform hit soundtracks from The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and more.
Back by popular demand, DJ Lizzy will be performing at Zone 4 Downtown at 9.15pm. The first female DJ to perform at 2017’s Ultra China electronic festival in Shanghai, Lizzy brings a unique approach to music and has achieved some chart success with “Kill the Vampire”. If you want to catch her at an earlier date, DJ Lizzy is playing the same venue at 9.15pm on Day 2 (21 September).
Other Exciting Performances
American roots duo Larkin Poe will get the crowd moving when they play the evening slot on both Day 2 and 3. Also playing multiple nights is singer-songwriter NJWA from Malaysia, with tracks from her award-winning debut Innocent Soul sure to feature on Day 1 and 2.
The only slight dampener on the big weekend is the news that American rapper Cardi B has cancelled her performance at this year’s race due to rescheduling of her September and October tour. Fans are hoping she can make her first trip to Singapore in the near future.
Get your tickets!
F1 concert tickets can be purchased on F1 Singapore’s official website, with single-day passes starting from $98 and three-day passes from $278. They can also be purchased through other authorised ticketing agencies and websites.
By Pranav Harish
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