The Weeknd is the first artist confirmed for the F1 after-race concerts
The Canadian star will perform on race weekend on the Friday evening
We now know one of the Yasalam After-Race Concert headliners at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Grammy award-winning R&B star The Weeknd is coming to Abu Dhabi on Friday, November 23. The announcement was teased over the weekend, but has now been confirmed.
And while guesses flew around that it could be Coldplay (referencing A Sky Full of Stars) or perhaps Kendrick Lamar (All The Stars), eagle eyed social media users noticed that within the constellation, the stars spelled out ‘Starboy’. Starboy was the name of The Weeknd’s third studio album, and number one hit by the same name.
This will be only the second time he’s been to the UAE, after first performing in Dubai in 2014.
Although he began releasing music in 2010, it wasn’t until 2014 that The Weeknd achieved international fame, working with artists including Ariana Grande and Drake. He’s since had eight Billboard Top 10 hits including The Hills, Earned It and Can’t Feel My Face as well as the certified platinum, Starboy.
This year’s race is the 10th F1 the UAE has held, and it takes place on Sunday, November 25. Race weekend will start on Thursday, November 22, with three further Yasalam music headliners set to be announced.
Last year, the Yasalam stage welcomed pop princess Pink, DJ Calvin Harris, indie rock band Mumford & Sons and American rap star J-Cole.
Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, November 22 to 25, prices vary. Taxi: Yas Marina Circuit. yasmarinacircuit.com