Take a walk down memory lane with our round-up of Yasalam After-Race concerts
Time Out Dubai staff
There’s no disputing that the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is one of the biggest weekends in the UAE’s calendar. And we all know there’s rather more to the hype than the one hour, 45 minutes and 58.667 seconds it took Kimi Räikkönen to reach the chequered flag at last year’s race. The F1 is a whole weekend of festivities – with much of the focus falling on the ongoing series of huge international stars called on to play at the Yasalam After-Race concerts each night of the race weekend.
Looking back over the raft of international talent to have appeared during the past four years, it’s not hard to see why. So, as we count down the days to this year’s Grand Prix, join us and cast your mind back to look at all the acts that have played since the races began in 2009. Who bowled you over? Who do you kick yourself every day for missing? Who did you see, but really wish you hadn’t? Share your feedback below or tweet us @timeoutdubai
Beyoncé Thursday October 29 2009 The huge R&B/pop megastar was called on to open the first night’s festivities ahead of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Jamiroquai Friday October 30 2009 The cosmic Brit funk-pop group best known for ‘Virtual Insanity’ headlined day two in 2009 – catch them back in the emirates at Sandance on Friday November 15.
Kings of Leon Saturday October 31 2009 Massive US brother act Kings of Leon brought their brand of arena rock to Abu Dhabi at the peak of their fame.
Aerosmith Sunday November 1 2009 ‘America’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band’ were a fitting race day close to the first ever grand prix to be held in the UAE.
Kanye West Friday November 12 2010 Not just one of the biggest rappers in the world, but one of the most famous contemporary music stars full stop, F1 organisers pulled out the stops to secure this opening-night show from Kanye.
Linkin Park Saturday November 13 2010 Rockers got a chance to let out their inner angst with a mid-weekend show from ’90s alt-rock band Linkin Park.
Prince Sunday November 14 2010 Perhaps the most talked-about moment of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix so far – off the track at least – is the night eccentric ’80s legend Prince played a small and ‘secret’ VIP concert on the opening night of the 2010 race weekend. While it may be physically impossible that everyone who claims they were there actually crammed into Yas Island Skybar, what is clear is that thousands more were treated to an onslaught of stadium-sized hits two days later, bringing the chequered flag down on the weekend.
Britney Spears Friday November 11 2011 Pop princess Britney brought a colourful show and reams of hits to Yas, opening the 2011 race weekend.
Incubus Saturday November 12 2011 Intelligent American alt-rockers Incubus took the upper rank in a rock double bill for 2011’s Saturday night.
The Cult Saturday November 12 2011 British ’80s rockers The Cult opened things up before Incubus on 2011’s night Saturday night – the first major international double bill at the races.
Paul McCartney Sunday November 13 2011 In the leagues of rock royalty, there may be no one more decorated than Macca – a fact he ably reminded us by whipping out a set of Beatles classics, alongside cherry-picked solo material. Arguably the most influential songwriter alive.
Kylie Minogue Friday November 2 2012 Following Beyoncé and Britney, Kylie’s appearance established a tradition of opening the weekend with a female pop star so famous they are known to the world on a first-name basis.
Nickelback Saturday November 3 2012 Meanwhile, following in the footsteps of Kings of Leon, Incubus, Linkin Park and The Cult, Saturday has officially became the F1’s rock night, a tradition to be continued in 2013 by Muse.
Eminem Sunday November 4 2012 Reportedly the best-selling artist of the noughties, Eminem stunned the F1 crowd with his staggering (and surprisingly uncensored) assaults of rap, rhyme and flow.
Amr Diab, Elissa, Hussain Al Jassmi Thursday October 31 2013 For the first time since the launch event, this year’s race will feature a Thursday night concert, starring a bill of Arabic stars topped by huge Egyptian pop sensation Amr Diab. Also appearing will be Lebanese songstress Elissa and the UAE’s very own Hussain Al Jassmi.
Jay-Z Friday November 1 2013 After weeks of hype the final act to be announced for this year’s F1 was massive rap legend Jay-Z, who has sold more than 50 million records – and appears nearly four years to the day after his wife Beyoncé took to the same stage, when she launched the first ever Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009.
Muse Saturday November 2 2013 Having won influential music tome NME’s Best Live Band award three times, it’s safe to say proggy rockers Muse will provide all the fireworks – musical and otherwise.
Depeche Mode Sunday November 3 2013 Closing this year’s race weekend is credible, stadium-filling, ’80s synth-pop behemoths Depeche Mode.