The Weeknd to play at 2018 Abu Dhabi F1

The first Yasalam concert has been announced for the city’s du Arena

Nightlife & Music

The Weeknd has been announced as the first global music megastar to play at this year's Abu Dhabi F1 extravaganza.

The three-time Grammy Award winner will be revving up fans at the UAE's biggest entertainment spectacle of the year on Friday November 23.

The 28-year-old, known for tunes such as Love Me Harder, Earned It and Starboy, has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry including Lana Del Ray, Drake, Daft Punk and Kendrick Lamar.

Now the hip-hop icon will be taking centre stage during the Yasalam after-race concerts at ther Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Tens of thousands of petrolheads flocked to du Arena last year to see superstar acts P!nk, Mumford & Sons, J Cole and Calvin Harris live in action after the thrilling wheel-to-wheel action on the track - and the 2018 line-up is already shaping up nicely.

The Weeknd's huge Abu Dhabi date was confirmed at a press conference held by Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH entertainment at Dubai World Trade Centre this morning.

This year will mark the milestone 10th anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - now cemented as the fantastic finale to the F1 season - and organisers are clearly pulling out all the stops to make it bigger and better than ever.

The big race itself will take place on Sunday, November 25, with the four-day Yasalam concert series getting out of the blocks on Thursday, November 23.

Motoring and music enthusiasts can bag a 30 percent discount on tickets for the F1 bonanza - which include access to the massive gigs as well as the racing action - if they book their seat before May 31.

For the first time ever, a Super Parks Pass will be on sale, which will include access to Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and the soon-to-launch Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi alongside tickets for the racing itself.

Using the theme of ‘Swipe Up’, Yas Marina Circuit will this year give fans the opportunity to buying tickets in preferred seats in one of five available grandstands when buying online.

The F1 weekend might still be seven months away - but we are already geared for a show to remember.

Friday November 23. Tickets are available online at www.yasmarinacircuit.com and through the Yas Marina Circuit Call Centre 800 927 or 02 659 9800, as well as through all Etihad Shops and Virgin Megastores, Yas Central Express stand at Yas Mall.

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