Lionel Richie added to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concert bill

Time Out has the news as Lionel Richie added to Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concert bill. He joins Rihanna and The Chemical Brothers live at du Arena

Lionel Richie is the third headline act confirmed for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

The iconic soul man and sultry balladeer will perform at du Arena on Saturday November 26, sandwiched between shows by Rihanna (Sunday night) and The Chemical Brothers (Friday night).

The five-time Grammy Award winner, now aged 67, is adored the world over for smash hits like All Night Long, Hello, Stuck On You and Endless Love.

His addition to the line-up is another big feather in the cap of organisers Flash Entertainment. Officially known as Yasalam, the three-night music extravaganza is one of the most-anticipated concert series in the region.

Headlined by Rihanna, after an impressive hat-trick of Blur, Florence And The Machine, and Enrique Iglesias playing to 60,000 people at du Arena in 2015, the gigs are open to all race ticket holders.


APrevious 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.

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Rihanna

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.

The Chemical Brothers
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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