If words like “brake balance”, “drive-through penalty” and “scrutineering” are gibberish to you, then you’re probably one of the legions of Formula One fans who consider entertainment sideshows at the annual Singapore Grand Prix as the main event.
This year’s festivities on the Marina Bay Street Circuit are gift-wrapped with a smorgasbord of A-list performers, from tribute bands to stadium fillers.
The world’s most streamed artists will converge at the Padang stage. This year’s star power comes from pop princess Dua Lipa, Mandopop king Jay Chou, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and American rockstars The Killers.
Even if you’re aren’t sure what “g-force” means, you’ll be partial to the definition of “a great time to party”.
Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou kickstarts the Singapore Grand Prix festivities on Friday (Sep 14), sharing the stage with Singaporean jazz talent Joanna Dong for a special segment. Chou mentored Dong in last year’s Sing! China, a wildly popular Chinese singing reality show.
On Saturday, the Padang stage will be owned by the ultimate rockers. Or to be precise, a former bandsman called Liam Gallagher, and American icons The Killers. Even though the legends debuted 17 years ago, The Killers are still holding court as one of the best live bands today.
The American band continued its winning streak last year, releasing Wonderful Wonderful, its fifth chart-topping studio album after Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012).
Liam’s powerful vocals are as explosive as his outbursts on Twitter, once captioning an unflattering photo of his brother — “Potato”. Namecalling aside, Liam was voted greatest frontman of all time in a 2010 magazine poll —beating U2’s Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
You might appreciate the aural treat of Dua Lipa’s velvety vocals on a Devialet Gold Phantom speaker, but there’s nothing like catching the sexy starlet live on stage.