The Singapore Grand Prix, a much looked forward to event, not just for its speed cars, racing feats and celebrity racers but also for all the events that are planned on the side-lines before and during the Race. Adrenaline levels are already peaking with teaser advertisements popping up on social media, snippets of videos and interviews of some of the worlds most popular and loved performing artists going viral and local residents creating their own little black diaries, planning their schedules and booking their tickets never mind if the dates are still 60 days away.
Solo shows, inaugural albums, launch pads, group performances and interactions have been planned back-to-back as the public relations machinery works overtime to pull in the right crowds. The city gears up to host the 2015 Marina Bay Street Circuit with roads being spruced up, hairpin bends widened and bridges linked to prominent locations (Jubilee Bridge linking to Merlion Park and Esplanade) creating a spectacular viewing range for the Grand Prix. Not to miss the firework display that is now a tradition viewed by thousands of cheering people of all ages.
Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer, philanthropist and fashion designer Pharrell Williams makes his debut concert as a solo artist on 18th September at the Padang Stage. One of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People in the World” in 2014, he won over audiences on the strength of his multiple talents and having his heart in the right place, endorsed various social causes. He was the creative director for the “Live Earth” concert, which will be held across seven continents in June 2016.
One of UK’s most successful bands, the iconic British band Spandau Ballet will make their Singapore debut at the Village Stage in Zone 1, the second largest stage at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. What makes their show nostalgic for many of their fans is the fact that they have put themselves together after a pretty tumultuous break up in 1990. They returned to the stage two decades later and are still overwhelmed by the response they get when they play live and people cheer them as if they were long lost friends.
American three-time Grammy award winner Maroon 5 is no stranger to the Formula One night race, having performed to a 50,000 strong crowd at the Padang in 2012. With more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, the band set a record for the most #1 hits by a group in the US Top 40 chart’s 20-year history. Back by popular demand, fans can look forward to frontman Adam Levine and the band’s signature sounds and infectious brand of pop with an all-new world tour in support of their latest album V.
Multiple award-winning rock band Bon Jovi will headline the post race concert at the Padang Stage on Sunday. The American rock band who are behind the rock-anthems ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’, ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’, ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ and ‘It’s My Life’ will perform in Singapore for the first time in two decades. One of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums and performed to more than 37.5 million fans across 2,900 concerts in over 50 countries.
Local bands also will get an opportunity to share the stage with the international biggies. Singapore’s popular pop band The Sam Willows for instance, will return to the Marina Bay Street Circuit, fresh from the recording of their debut album, set to release later this year. Theirs happens to be the most subscribed music band channel on YouTube in Singapore with more than 46,000 subscribers so far. In 2014, the quartet was nominated for MTV Asia’s Best Southeast Asian Act.