The region’s biggest weekend of sport and entertainment just got even bigger after organisers announce that R&B legend Usher will join acclaimed UK rap artist Dave as part of the line-up on Thursday 17th November
Alongside Usher, the full line-up now includes Dave, Swedish House Mafia, Kendrick Lamar, and Def Leppard – 5 acts making 2022 one of the biggest ever #AbuDhabiGP festival weekends

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 4, 2022: With only two weeks until the 2022 Formula 1 season finale at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management and Flash Entertainment today confirmed that US R&B icon Usher will join the Yasalam After-Race Concert line-up on Thursday, 17th November.

The addition of Usher to the bill means that five-artists will be performing in what promises to be an extra special four-day line-up of global music superstars, with acclaimed British rap star Dave, multi-Platinum, Grammy-Award winning artist Kendrick Lamar, multi-Grammy Award nominated hip hop trio Swedish House Mafia, and Hall of Fame legends Def Leppard all performing at Etihad Park – the entertainment centrepiece of Yas Island.

Excitement for the event is building as the Middle East’s biggest entertainment weekend prepares once again to bring the world to the UAE, cementing further the emirate’s global reputation as a hub for sporting events and excellence.

The diamond-selling international megastar, actor, dancer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and proud Atlanta resident Usher has, thus far, gathered eight Grammy Awards and emerged as Billboard’s “#1 Hot 100 Artist of the 2000s,” “#2 most successful artist of the 2000s,” and “one of the best-selling artists in American music history,” according to the RIAA. He catapulted four consecutive albums to #1 on the Billboard Top 200, beginning with the landmark diamond-certified Confessions in 2004.

Access to the concerts is exclusively for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders. While unprecedented global demand has seen all 2022 Grand Prix tickets sold out, limited Golden Circle access is still available, providing the best possible access closest to the stage at the Etihad Park.

Saif Al Noaimi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, said: “We are delighted to confirm that we have added yet another world-class artist to our already fantastic weekend line-up – making for a total of five artists across our four-day Abu Dhabi Grand Prix festival. We will be offering our race-goers from around the world another unreal experience with a range of different genres to make their weekend unreal. With race weekend almost here, all that remains is for me to wish a warm welcome to the thousands of global F1 fans who will soon be making their way to Yas Island – the Meeting Place of Champions.”

John Lickrish, CEO, Flash Entertainment, added: “Ever since the inception of Yasalam After-Race Concerts, the real pioneer of live entertainment around F1 weekends, we have sought to make each edition different and create memorable experiences for race goers during the ultimate party weekend on the F1 calendar. The addition of Grammy Award-winning industry icon Usher to the opening night, alongside critically acclaimed artist Dave, and having two AAA artists for the Thursday night is something new for Yasalam, new for us and really adds value for fans. This will be a unique, memorable evening of live entertainment.”

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Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) and Flash Entertainment have created unique, world class experiences across the UAE since 2009 with a region-leading team with expertise in event marketing, communications, promotions and delivery.

In collaboration with their partners they have promoted and delivered globally significant events across the UAE, including the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix and Yasalam After-Race Concerts. They deliver over 400 events a year across sport, culture, leisure, motorsports, health and fitness, entertainment and major corporate conferences. ADMM also delivers a significant programme of experiences for business and consumer audiences at Yas Marina Circuit across the year.

Such talent and experience firmly positions ADMM and Flash Entertainment as regional leaders in event management and promotion.


Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment multi-purpose venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is home to the annual FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX and much more. In addition to the extensive year-round program of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences including Drag and Yas Track Nights, the circuit has emerged as a thriving hub for entertainment and community events in the UAE.

Yas Marina Circuit is also a champion of sustainability in motorsports, receiving the Three-Star Environmental Certification from the FIA, the governing body’s highest recognition of sustainability. The award is an acknowledgement of the circuit’s long-standing commitment to environmental management with the objective of standing with Formula One in becoming Net-Zero Carbon by 2030.

As the region’s most technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting at our Kartzone, driving an Aston Martin GT4 at over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at TrainYas, participate in one of our many sporting events, or simply catch up with friends at Yas Central, Yas Marina Circuit truly is The Meeting Place of Champions.