Yas Marina Circuit and Flash Entertainment have announced the first international music superstars who will headline Thursday and Saturday night at this year’s Yasalam After-Race Concerts as part of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021.
US superstar Khalid will take to the stage at Etihad Park, Yas Island, for his first concert in the UAE on Thursday, December 9, while Scottish sensation and two-time Brit award winner Lewis Capaldi will perform on Saturday, December 11.
Khalid, who was named one of Time’s Most Influential People of 2019, has taken the world by storm since his first single, the 5x platinum 'Location' (released just before his high school graduation) exploded onto the scene leading to a major label deal with Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records followed by the release of his debut album, the double platinum-certified, American Teen.
The American has collaborated with some of music’s biggest stars including his #1 singles 'Love Lies' (with Normani), 'Eastside' (with Halsey and Benny Blanco) as well as hits with artists Billie Eilish, Shawn Mendes, Marshmello and more.
Scottish singer/songwriter Capaldi’s debut album 'Devinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' spent 10 weeks at #1 and was certified platinum in just 10 weeks with 20 billion streams.
The album included smash hit song of the year, 'Someone You Loved', the third most streamed song of all time next to Ed Sheeran’s 'Shape of You' and 'Blinding Lights' by The Weekend. The hit spent seven weeks at the summit of the Official Singles Chart, claimed his first US number one, and bagged him his first Grammy nomination for ‘Song of the Year’.
Two other artists will be announced in the coming weeks for the Friday and Sunday night performances. Ticketholders will be able to select their preferred concert once all artists are announced.
Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management CEO Al Tareq Al Ameri said: “We’ve been fortunate over the years to welcome some of the world’s best stars to the UAE capital for the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. We’re thrilled to be welcoming back world-class music to our event line-up, kicking off with two of the most exciting international musicians in Khalid and Capaldi.”
Flash Entertainment CEO John Lickrish added: “In keeping with previous years, we have secured two artists for the Thursday and Saturday After-Race Concerts. Both Khalid and Capaldi have taken the world by storm over the past few years and will surely stun the crowds with their performances.
“Following last years break in Yasalam After-Race Concerts, we’re keener than ever to come back with some of our best concerts to date.”
Following the latest government updates, capacity at Yas Marina Circuit has increased allowing for additional fans to get in on the action taking place from December 9-12.-TradeArabia News Service

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