With new cars, new drivers and new rules and regs, this year’s 10th edition of The Singapore Grand Prix is sure to deliver gripping racing action. All the big name F1 drivers will take to the track, including Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes, Daniel Riccardo for Red Bull Racing and Fernando Alonso for McLaren.
The Grand Prix isn’t just about fast cars going in circles, check out this year’s sizzling entertainment options …
Friday 14 September
Jay Chou: This Taiwanese superstar has sold over 30 million albums, and he’s back in Singapore to showcase hits from his 14th album: Bedtime Stories. Don’t miss seeing the current King of Asian Pop strut his stuff.
Saturday 15 September
The Killers: Las Vegas-based rock band The Killers are headlining with their smash hit singles ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Somebody Told Me’.
Liam Gallagher: The former Oasis frontman will perform hits from his latest album As You Were. But will he sing the cult classic ‘Wonderwall?’ You’ll have to be there to find out!
End of the World (aka Sekai No Owari): Ultra-kooky Japanese band End of the World perform hits from their massive album, Tree, including ‘One More Night’ and ‘Stargazer.’
Sunday 16 September
Martin Garrix: Aside from the guys on the track, Dutch electronic-pop superstar Martin Garrix is the main attraction on the final day of racing. Expect powerhouse performances of his hits ‘The Name of Love’, ‘There for You’, ‘Don’t Look Down’, ‘So Far Away’ and more.
Dua Lipa: This rising Brit singer-songwriter, will belt out her record-breaking UK chart hits including ‘Be the One’ and ‘IDGAF’, as well as the UK #1 single ‘New Rules’.
Simply Red: Old school British soul and pop band Simply Red will refresh our memories of the 80s smash hits ‘If You Don’t Know Me by Now’, ‘Stars’ and ‘Holding Back the Years’.
And the rest… Over the three days, other well-known music names will grace the stage including Aussie ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again, hip-hop legends The Sugarhill Gang and Scottish trio Young Fathers.
There are tons of fun activities across all zones – race simulators, complimentary Airbrush Tattoo booths, and roving entertainment and selfie opportunities. Reckon you could change a tyre in less than 12 seconds? (that’s what the real crew aim for!). Try the Pit Stop Challenge and experience getting a replica Formula One car back on the track in blistering speed.
Head to the official after party at Podium Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Millenia ballroom from 10pm until late. Catch a live set from former Westlife and Boyzone pop stars Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy on Friday; a DJ set from Joel Madden on Saturday and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas on Sunday. VIP tickets and tables from www.podiumlounge.com/sg/ Other race-themed revelry will take place in restaurants, bars and clubs all over the city – take your pick!
Food & Drink
Peckish? Grab some nosh from a wide range of restaurants and bars at Market Street Global Cuisine (Zone 1), Uptown Village under the Bay Grandstand (Zone 3), and Portside Hawkers and Dockside Hawkers (Zone 4).
Hot tip: Get your cameras ready and look skywards once the chequered flag is waved on Sunday! A spectacular fireworks display will light up Marina Bay in a stunning photo opp.
What to wear: Dress in cool, comfortable clothes and wear good walking shoes – you’ll need them to explore Circuit Park and to last the distance to public transport. Pack light, and remember there’s a limit of 600ml of water per person. Sunblock and a hat are essential, ear plugs or ear defenders are advised for both kids and adults, and bring cash as not all vendors accept credit card payment.
Bringing the kids: Kids love the buzz and excitement of race day. But don’t forget children under the age of seven need a signed indemnity agreement for admission into Circuit Park. Download the form at singaporegp.sg
Getting there: Ditch the car and take Singapore’s super-efficient, cheap public transport instead – all gates are within walking distance to a MRT station. If you’re taking a Grab or a cab, check your designated drop off points at www.singaporegp.sg
Buy tickets: Tickets are priced from $78 for a single-day ticket or $298 for a three-day ticket. To purchase visit singaporegp.sg, call the hotline 6738 6738, or buy from authorised ticketing agents.