Saturday 21 April, 2018

Grammy-award winner announced as first major international act to perform at Yasalam After-Race Concert series

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE 22 April, 2018: Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment today revealed the first A-list global music artist performing at this year’s Yasalam After-Race Concert during the FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX weekend.

Canadian R&B star The Weeknd was confirmed as the first artist bringing his incredible voice and on-stage presence to the Yasalam After-Race Concert at the du Arena, Yas Island on Friday 23 November.

The Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling trendsetter will perform tracks from his critically-acclaimed 2015 album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’, his new fourth studio album ‘My Dear Melancholy” as well as songs from his earlier mixtapes ‘House of Balloons’, ‘Thursday’, and ‘Echoes of Silence’.

One of the most enigmatic artists of the 21st century, The Weeknd has been winning over music fans in the know since 2011. The 28-year-old is best known for his hit singles 'I Feel It Coming', 'Can’t Feel My Face', ‘Starboy' and most recently 'Call Out My Name'. 

With music lovers of all ages counting themselves as fans, the Friday night Yasalam After-Race Concert headliner is sure to attract a huge crowd of visitors from more than 170 countries who will travel to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

With The Weeknd performing on Friday – the first of four Yasalam After-Race concerts – ticket holders now have the opportunity to buy a three-day ticket providing access to all four concerts or purchase the new one-day Friday Paddock Club or Club at Trackside Terrace Friday brunch, providing access to The Weeknd After–Race Concert plus the Thursday After-Race Concert.


Ticket holders can take their weekend up a gear by purchasing ‘Golden Circle’ upgrade tickets for the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. The upgrade packages offer the best access to After-Race Concerts and are available to buy at www.yasmarinacircuit.com.  Prices start from AED 195.

Offering superb value to loyal race fans, there’s also up to a 30 per cent ‘Early Bird’ discount for those that purchase their Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets before 31 May.

Those looking to add extra value and excitement to their race weekend can also purchase the three-day ‘Super Parks Pass’. Allowing unlimited access to all three Yas Island Parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi – on Wednesday through to Sunday, the pass starts from AED1,340 (for Abu Dhabi Hill).

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: “We are excited to announce the first globally renowned headline artist who will perform at this year’s Yasalam After-Race Concerts as part of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend.

“The four full days of entertainment for ticket holders is an important element of our holistic offering that helps drive our 60 per cent international visitation.

“With Early Bird tickets, Golden Circle and ‘Super Parks Pass’ upgrade packages available, race fans have a wide array of choices and I would urge people to purchase sooner rather than later so they can fully plan yet another sensational weekend of action both on and off the track.”

John Lickrish, Flash Entertainment CEO, said: “The Yasalam After-Race Concerts have brought the biggest and best acts from across the globe to the Abu Dhabi stage time and time again, and marking our tenth year makes the 2018 line-up extra special.” 

He added: “The Weeknd has not only smashed records but challenged conventions in music, and we’re thrilled to announce an innovative music icon as the Friday After-Race Concert performance in what will be an incredible weekend. We’ve only started revving the engine on the 2018 edition, so stay tuned to the hear the remainder of the world-class line-up and exciting activities yet to be announced.”

Tickets are available online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre (800 927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800, as well as through all Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores, Yas Central Express stand at Yas Mall.

Yas Marina Circuit will publish the updated version of its YasHUB smartphone app today. The 2018 edition will soon be available to download, allowing visitors to plan every element of their race weekend and stay up-to-date with the latest race news and information.

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To maximise your F1® weekend experience, download the YasHUB smartphone app: http://www.yasmarinacircuit.com/en/formula-1/yashub-app

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