The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after-race concerts will be headlined by Rihanna, it has been announced.
Known as Yasalam, the three-night music extravaganza is one of the most-anticipated concert series in the region, and this year organisers have pulled out all the stops.
The singer will be the star turn on the Sunday night (race night), while it has also been revealed that dance music legends The Chemical Brothers will kick things off on the Friday. Details of Saturday's headline act has not yet been announced, but Time Out understands Drake has been approached.
Last year Blur, Florence And The Machine, and Enrique Iglesias played to 60,000 people at du Arena, while previous years have included Jay Z, Pharrell, Beyonce, The Who, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Eminem and Britney Spears. The musical celebration extended way beyond the main stage though, with Live On The Corniche hosting Bamboo, Wael Kfoury, J.Cole, and Faithless. There is no word yet on the line-up for 2016.
Access to the main concerts is only available to those buying tickets for the race, qualifying or pre-qualifying. A three-day pass cost between Dhs1,000 and Dhs4,685, while last year's most luxurious package, that in Paddock Club, set fans back nearly Dhs20,000.
Rihanna is currently on tour across North America and Europe with her eighth album, Anti, and is expected to take the Abu Dhabi stage with her new tunes such as Work, Needed Me and Better Have My Money.
The multiple-Grammy award Barbadian singer has sent countless songs to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and her concerts are known for their larger-than-life production appeal. The Diamonds singer's was last in the UAE in 2013 when she played the same venue, selling out.
Veteran DJ and producer double act Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons have been churning out bangers for the best part of 30 years as The Chemical Brothers. They achieved significant mainstream success with tracks like Hey Boy Hey Girl, Galvanise, and Block Rockin Beats, while maintaining a loyal following in the big beat scene.
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