The third weekend of September sees Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay transform from a bustling business, leisure and retail hub into a whirlwind of screeching tyres, engine revs and rapturous roars from thousands of spectators as the world’s best racing drivers roll into town.
The Singapore Grand Prix features three race events, including the headline Formula One World Championship, all of which will take part after dark on the dazzling streets of Marina Bay.
However, the glitz and glamour of this world famous event extends far beyond the racing circuit, as Marina Bay’s 799,000 square-metre Circuit Park comes alive with world famous international music acts, theatrical performances, illusionists and an array of bars and restaurants.
Best of the racing action
Marina Bay became the first street circuit of its kind in Asia when it first hosted the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, and has since established itself as a permanent fixture on the prestigious race calendar. The night racing makes for a truly unique spectator experience, with the illuminated city skyline forming a dramatic backdrop to the circuit where some of the world’s fastest cars speed past the Singapore hotels, restaurants, retail stores and business centres that call Marina Bay home.
In addition to the Formula One World Championship race, spectators can also look forward to witnessing the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and Masters Historic Formula One race events up close.
There are numerous spectator entrances located throughout the length of the course, allowing visitors easy access to the various spectator zones. Training and qualifying rounds will start in the early evening, as will the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia on Sunday 21 September. The main Formula One event also takes place on Sunday evening.
One of the most appealing aspects of the Singapore Grand Prix is the intimate feel of the event, with the racing circuit and the various entertainment venues located side by side. In the heart of it all sits the 5 Star Pan Pacific Singapore hotel, located by the trackside and providing the ideal base from which to experience both the racing action and nightlife.
Circuit Park is the Singapore Grand Prix’s primary entertainment venue, offering you the chance to see some of the world’s most famous artists perform under the Singapore city lights. This year’s line-up features nearly 50 acts from 20 different countries. Some of the highlights across the nine stages include:
• Robbie Williams – One of the world’s most famous solo artists will take to the Padang Stage on Saturday 20 September to perform all of the greatest hits from his series of record breaking albums.
• Jennifer Lopez – The global superstar will bring the weekend to a close with a performance on the Padang Stage on Sunday 21 September, which is sure to feature all the hits and dance moves one would associate with one of the world’s most successful female artists.
• MAYDAY – Asia’s biggest rock band, often referred to as “The Chinese Beatles”, will play to thousands of adoring fans on Friday night. Other artists appearing over the weekend include nine-time Grammy award winner John Legend and the iconic Pet Shop Boys.
• Illusionists – Magician Andrew Mayne brings his unique blend of illusions and street-style magic to the stage. Other acts include Jean-Christophe, a specialist in tricks of the mind and deception.
• Live Theatre – Expect spectacular light shows, dance routines and innovative theatre performances from a range of performers including The Voca People, who replicate the sounds of an entire orchestra using nothing but their own voices.
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