For the first time in its history the Yasalam After-Race Concerts stage welcomed two AAA artists on opening night, with showstopping performances from British rap sensation Dave, and hip-hop royalty Usher, at Etihad Park, officially kicking off an action-packed weekend of motor racing and world-class live music on Yas Island.
Opening the 13th edition of Abu Dhabi’s favourite music festival, the award-winning Dave lit up the UAE capital in Starlight as he performed some of his most iconic tracks, ahead of the much-awaited season finale at the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS GRAND PRIX 2022 on Sunday.
The Ivor Novello and BRIT Award winner opened his first appearance in the UAE with hit single Verdansk, followed by Professor X. The ice-cool performer wowed the crowds with his lyrical flair as fans cheered every vocal.
“It’s an honour and a pleasure to be here. I’ve had so many messages saying ‘come to Abu Dhabi, come to Abu Dhabi,’ so it’s great to be finally here in this beautiful place,” he said.
“This is my first time performing in Abu Dhabi, but it won’t be my last,” he added, before delighting the crowd with Thiago Silva and Location.
After an electric first act, renowned R&B superstar Usher took to the stage to the delight of a packed Etihad Park. The eight-time Grammy Award winner impressed with his Leggero Tenor tone and enthralling dance-moves.
Enticing the fans from the first moment, the Yeah singer entertained the Yasalam After-Race Concerts crowd with non-stop ballads. “What’s up Abu Dhabi, how y’all feeling? This might be the first time we’ve been along for the ride together, but I want you all to sing these songs,” he said. The showman got an eager crowd involved in hits including Caught Up, Superstar, Lovers and Friends and Burn, ending the night on a high with Yeah and Without You.
The four-night festival continues with legendary dance-music trio Swedish House Mafia today (Friday), multi-platinum artist Kendrick Lamar on Saturday, with rock legends Def Leppard closing out the Yasalam After-Race Concerts on Sunday.
Whilst attendance to the concerts is exclusively for F1 ticketholders, there is the chance for fans to enhance their experience by upgrading to the Golden Circle, which guarantees fans get closer to their favourite stars, fast track entry and access to dedicated F&B outlets. Visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com for more.