LET US ENTERTAIN YOU: YAS MARINA CIRCUIT REVEALS EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME OF OFF-TRACK ATTRACTIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S F1® WEEKEND
Fans flock to see performances and musical acts in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Oases
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 31 October, 2013: Yas Marina Circuit has today revealed the full line-up for the off track entertainment at this year’s FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Hot on the heels of the announcement that this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a fifth consecutive sell-out, the on track display offered by the world’s best motor racing drivers will be accompanied by equally exciting off track entertainment.
This year a new themed approach will be showcased in the Oases, giving each Grandstand a unique entertainment area. There will also be special events to mark the fifth anniversary of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX that will thrill and delight those lucky enough to attend this year’s F1® weekend.
“As this year marks the fifth anniversary of the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX, we wanted to celebrate the occasion by creating a fresh, new, exciting entertainment offering, treating our fans to something extra-special,” said Richard Cregan, CEO of Yas Marina Circuit. “To reflect this, we have developed a great live entertainment programme of stage performances and roaming acts.”
The Main Oasis will have a contemporary Bedouin theme, balancing the rich heritage of Abu Dhabi and the UAE with the country’s contemporary cultural landscape and the modern design of Yas Marina Circuit. Yas Marina Circuit will be bringing over world renowned Korean artist Yong Ho Ji to exhibit two of his tyre sculptures in the Main Oasis, and also create a newly commissioned sculpture over the F1® weekend. The Main Oasis will also host the perennially popular Formula 1 driver autograph sessions, with all 11 teams scheduled to offer their fans the opportunity to get up close with their heroes.
The acts lined up to play the stage at the Main Oasis include mashup artists Bull Funk Zoo, Video DJ Mo Tiger, Mugenko Taiko Drummers, songstress Kerrie Anne and performance artists Moto-Stomp, while ticketholders will also have access to an F1® Games Zone and a bumper car arena.
Capoeira artists, jugglers, acrobats, human statues and an acoustic band, will also roam the various Oasis areas.
The South Oasis, located in between the Marina and South Grandstands, will become South Beach for the duration of the F1® weekend. Two temporary beaches will be set up, with the deckchairs, cabañas and even a Tiki Coconut bar giving the whole area a vintage beach vibe. Adding to the fun will be Jenny Rossen, a sand sculptor, who will be creating a 7-8 ton sandcastle installation with motorsport and F1® elements mixed in.
There will be plenty of sun-soaked entertainment on offer at the South Oasis, including a surf ride, beach football, a Beach Boys cover band and hula girls, as well as the driver autograph sessions for GP2 and GP3.
The theme for this year’s West Oasis is Automotion, with a number of luxury vehicles on display, including a Porsche 70th Anniversary stand. The West Oasis will also be the home of the world’s longest Fine Art print, created by official F1® Artist Mark Dickens on 30th October at Yas Marina Circuit’s Racing School Pit Lane. The world record attempt involved Mark and 60 students from Abu Dhabi’s Zayed University rolling inked up tyres over a 150 metre long canvas in the form of a relay, ending up with a vibrantly colourful print that all F1® ticketholders will be able to view over the course of race weekend.
In collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council, the North Oasis is to be transformed into a Heritage Village, showcasing the UAE’s traditions and culture, both old and new, to the world. Highlights will include live traditional Emirati performances on stage including poetry recitals as well as camel rides, falconry displays from the Abu Dhabi falcon hospital, dhow racing, palm tree displays and henna painting.
This abundance of entertainment is in addition to the stellar line-up at this year’s After-Race concerts, exclusive to F1® ticket holders, with four nights of musical superstars entertaining the crowds. A triple bill of Arabic superstars - Amr Diab, Elissa, and Hussein Al Jasmi - take the stage on Thursday, rap legend JAY Z on Friday, MUSE on Saturday, while Depeche Mode close the weekend on Sunday.
About Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Marina Circuit is the United Arab Emirates’ most exciting sporting and entertainment venue. Located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the circuit is the home of the annual Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With motorsport as its pulse and an extensive year-round programme of professional and grassroots motorsport events and experiences like Drag and Track Nights, the circuit has also emerged as a thriving hub of entertainment and community events in the UAE. As the region’s most dynamic and technologically advanced facility, the circuit is also a leading MICE venue, regularly hosting a diverse range of corporate meetings, conferences and events. Whether you want to experience the thrill of karting, driving an Aston Martin GT4 over 200km/hour on an F1 circuit, work towards your racing license at the Yas Racing School, get fit at Train Yas, or simply catch up with friends over burgers and shakes at Yas Central, there's something for everyone at Yas Marina Circuit.