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2017 Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton blazing the trail at last year’s race.Photo Courtesy of Singapore GP

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.

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, followed by American rockers The Killers will perform at the F1 Padang Stage on Saturday.Photo Courtesy of Singapore GP

Dua Lipa provides the Singapore Grand Prix finale on Sunday. The 22-year-old Londoner went from unknown cover-belting YouTube personality to 2017’s most streamed female artist on Spotify in the UK. She beat female titans Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Beyonce for the honour.

It’s an incredible feat for a debutante with only one studio album, which spawned seven hit singles last year. Called New Rules, it was streamed over 900 million times worldwide on Spotify.

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.

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.

Mandopop King Jay Chou will share the F1 stage with Singaporean singer Joanna Dong. Photo by Getty Images and Red Roof 

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.

Dua Lipa – New Rules (Official Music Video)


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