As Blur become the first mega band rumoured to be heading for Abu Dhabi and the Grand Prix after-race concerts, we cast an eye at the schedules of some of the leading lights of the music scene to see who could - and who couldn't - be on the bill.
Jay-Z, Eminem, The Who and Kylie Minogue have played in past years, so hopes are very high.
The seventh year of Formula 1's only twilight race will take place November 27-29, and sponsored by Eitihad, is the Middle East's biggest international sporting event.
Bigger than ever before this time around, Yas Marina Circuit will host GP2 and GP3 as the support races, the final race of the 2015 season; just like last year, everything is to play for with a double points race.
Previously Prince, Muse, Beyoncé, Aerosmith, Linkin Park, and Paul McCartney have showed up to the Yas Marina Circuit, an awe-inspiring experience for drivers and spectators alike, with a waterfront setting to rival the likes of Monaco and Singapore, and with VIP parties galore.
So who will be joining us right there?
According to The National, 'sources close to the band'; have revealed they will take the main slot on Sunday night. The Britpoppers released their first album in 12 years earlier in 2015, and have received widespread critical acclaim since their reformation in 2009. Best loved for tracks like Parklife, Country House and Song 2, Damon Albarn, Graham Cox and Co would be a sure fire hit with fans of all ages. Their current tour dates end in Madison Square Garden, New York, on October 23.
The Welsh crooner appears to be picking his gigs wisely this year. The former The Voice UK judge is playing in Tenerife in August, doing One Big night with Rob Brydon at the SSE Wembley Arena in October and the Blues Fest at The O2 Arena in London November 8. Now that leaves a gap for Tom to get the rehearsals in for the end of the month when he could possibly play the Grand Prix. Do you think he’ll be announced as one of the acts?
The former lead guitarist of Guns ‘N’ Roses is performing all over the United States and Canada right up until the end of October. He’s no stranger to the UAE either - the guitar legend and his iconic top hat rocked Dubai Tennis Stadium in 2013 with tracks such as ‘Paradise City’ and ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’. While he hasn’t hinted about coming back just yet, we can imagine him belting the tunes out to Grand Prix audiences already.
This band are seriously good at touring. Their travel patterns at the moment goes US – UK – Canada – US – Europe… then a suspicious looking gap is left in their schedule after their Spain gig on November 19. If we were organizing the Grand Prix ourselves then we know who we’d been approaching! Can you hear us Dave Grohl?
Who doesn’t love Adam Levine? No one that’s who. Which is why were surprised to find a hole in Maroon 5’s scheduled concert dates for this year. The group are all over Asia, Australia, and New Zealand up until October but it’s not until December that they get back on the road in the US, and then branch out to South America for shows into March. We say no dates in November means the guys are not only planning to swing by Abu Dhabi, but maybe they’re planning a number a stops throughout the Middle East. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
Mumford & Sons
The British group are of course hitting up UK music festivals Reading and Leeds this weekend, and what would it be without them? But things get interesting around November time when they jet over to Australia for a few performances. Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney get to enjoy the Grammy and Brit Award winners before they make their way home after November 14. Perhaps their connecting flight is in Abu Dhabi?
Another Leeds and Reading Festival act for 2015, the musician also will be performing three nights in a row at the end of September in Las Vegas. Kendrick is definitely in big demand this year. We know we’d love to see him in the region in the next few months, but the 28-year-old feel the same about us. We hope so!
Janet Jackson is back with a new album and is touring all over the planet with her brand new music. Canada the US get her from now until November 22, yes, that’s five days before the racing actions starts. Could Janet be heading this way to perform on Yas Island? It certainly makes sense. The legendary singer will then get time off to enjoy the festive season here before heading back to the States when her tour starts back up again in January until March.
Aside from his second home Las Vegas, Scottish DJ Calvin is performing in the UK this summer and then Mexico on November 22. Other than that, his live dates are looking rather empty. But if you keep up with his moves on social media you’ll know he rarely is out of the spotlight so maybe he pop up as one of the acts on the line-up very soon.
The rest of this year looks rather quiet for Jennifer Lopez. We already know there’s mutual love for JLo and the UAE from her Dubai World Cup 2014 performance, so could the singer-dancer-actress be returning for some more action? She is down to play at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on November 7 but that’s it until she begins her Las Vegas residency in January. Fun fact: fellow Vegas residency-holder Britney Spears played the Grand Prix in 2011.
Who we’ve kind of ruled out…
ACDC may be playing Perth November 27 but their next gig in Oz isn’t until December 6. That surely leaves time to pop over to the UAE before their next performance.
Taylor Swift is also in Australia around this time (November 28) but celebrities don’t move around on private jets for nothing. There’s a slim chance she’ll make a date.
Madonna is doing a gig in Belgium on November 28 and seems to be sticking around Europe before and after. However she does leave a few days either side of the show.