Calvin Harris, Pink to headline Abu Dhabi Grand Prix gigs

First two pop superstars confirmed for the capital’s biggest show of the year

The first two global superstars have been announced for this year’s F1 party in Abu Dhabi. And the show looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

Calvin Harris has been confirmed as the Thursday (November 23) night headline act at this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yasalam after-race concert.

The season-closing Formula One race weekend traditionally attracts major acts to the city, with Rihanna, Blur, Chemical Brothers, Beyoncé, Muse and Kylie Minogue among the headliners in years gone by.

This year will see one of the biggest pop DJs of the past ten years roll into town. Harris rose to prominence during the late 2000s with early hits Acceptable in the 80s and Girls, but it was his third studio album which led to him becoming an internationally-recognised artist. 18 Months broke UK chart records for having all eight of the album’s singles reach the UK top ten, with hits including I Need Your Love, We’ll Be Coming Back, Let’s Go and Bounce. His fourth record, Motion, released in 2014, saw its first three singles all top the UK chart, cementing his place among the industry’s elite artists.

Meanwhile, Pink has also been confirmed, with the entire Yas Marina circuit being painted – appropriately – pink to mark the occasion. Pink, who has racked up millions of record sales all over the globe during a glittering career spanning twenty years, has been handed the honour of headlining the prestigious after-race concert on Sunday November 26.

Music fans and F1 aficionados alike have been waiting in eager anticipation since, well, last year’s huge bonanza, to find out just who will be taking centre stage in 2017.

The Friday and Saturday night headliners are yet to be announced, as are other musicians performing during the festivities, but are due to be confirmed between August and October.

More than two million fans have enjoyed nearly 3,000 hours of live music from 138 live acts across Yas Island and the Corniche since the high-profile, free concert series was kicked into the gear for the first ever Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix in 2009.

Whether you’re a fervent Formula One fan, are coming along for the music or just want to rub shoulders with star-studded names during the glitziest time of the year in the UAE, the 2017 Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix is already in pole position to deliver another incredible result.

You can buy tickets to the Abu Dhabi Grand online here, with tickets starting from Dhs995 for a three-day pass.

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