Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment have revealed the next global act to perform at this year’s Yasalam After-Race Concert as part of the FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX weekend.

British singer/songwriter Sam Smith has been confirmed as the headline performer for Saturday 24 November’s Yasalam After-Race Concert at the du Arena, Yas Island.

The announcement builds on the huge momentum and excitement generated by the news that Canadian superstar ‘The Weeknd’ (Friday 23 November) and American rock legends Guns N’ Roses (Sunday 25 November) will perform to music lovers and motorsport fans over the race weekend. 

A globally-successful singer/songwriter who has won numerous awards including four Grammys, three Billboard Music Awards, and three Brit Awards, Sam Smith’s performance in Abu Dhabi will feature tracks from his critically-acclaimed Grammy Award winning debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ as well as his most recent release, 2017’s ‘The Thrill Of It All’.

In 2015 he also won a Grammy Award for ‘Best New Artist’ as well as ‘Song of the Year’ for ‘Stay with Me’ and ‘Record of the Year’.

Known for his powerful and emotive vocal performances, Sam counts Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Brandy and Adele among his many musical influences.

Recognised as one of his generation’s greatest voices, Sam Smith’s concert is sure to be a big hit with the thousands of race fans who travel to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from more than 170 countries.

With ‘The Weeknd’ performing on the Friday, Sam Smith taking to the stage on Saturday and Guns N’ Roses rocking the crowd on Sunday  – the first, second and third artists of the four Yasalam After-Race concerts – ticket holders can buy a three-day ticket providing access to all four concerts.

Since Abu Dhabi Grand Prix tickets were launched worldwide in March, interest has been extremely high with West Grandstand, West Club and Abu Dhabi Hill two-day tickets having already sold out and only a limited number of fan favourite three-day Abu Dhabi Hill tickets available. 

The addition of the new one-day Friday products, allows ticket holders to build their weekend with a General Admission two-day or Hospitality two-day Marsa Suite, Terrace Hospitality and Champions Club ticket with a one-day Friday Paddock Club or Club at Trackside Terrace Friday.

Ticket holders can also take their weekend up a gear by purchasing ‘Golden Circle’ upgrade tickets for the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. The upgrade packages offer the best access to four full nights of A-list performers and are available to buy from AED195 at www.yasmarinacircuit.com.

Those looking to add extra value and excitement to their race weekend can also purchase the three-day ‘Super Parks Pass’. Allowing unlimited access to all three Yas Island Parks – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi – on Wednesday through to Sunday, the pass starts from AED1,340 (for Abu Dhabi Hill).

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit, said: Sam Smith is the third A-list international artist we have announced for the Yasalam After-Race Concerts as part of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race weekend. An artist such as Sam further reinforces our four-day proposition of on-track, off-track and after-race entertainment and we are thrilled he will be performing at the Saturday Artist.

2018 marks a very significant year for us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and with three great acts now revealed, we are looking forward to announcing the final artist who will take to the stage as part of an incredible weekend of racing and live music and entertainment for all ticket holders.”

John Lickrish, FLASH Entertainment CEO, said: “We’re thrilled to be adding global phenomenon Sam Smith to the Yasalam After-Race Concert line-up and expanding our diverse list of headliners for the 10th Edition of Yasalam. With three world class acts now revealed, we are looking forward to announcing the Thursday artist who will complete the line-up for the incredible 10-year celebration of Yasalam and all that it encompasses – a weekend of racing, live music and entertainment for all race ticket holders.”

There’s only four weeks remaining to buy ‘Early Bird’ tickets for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at a special 20 per cent discounted price. Offering great value to race fans across a range of ticket packages, ‘Early Bird’ tickets will be available until 31 July. 

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