Rihanna, Chemical Brothers to perform live at Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concerts

Rihanna and The Chemical Brothers to perform live at Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concerts on Yas Island, November 25-27
Rihanna, Chemical Brothers to perform live at Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concerts
Rihanna performs during The Concert for Valor on the National Mall November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
By Matt Fortune
Tue 03 May 2016 12:35 PM

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after-race concerts will be headlined by Rihanna, it has been announced.

Known as Yasalam, the three-night music extravaganza is one of the most-anticipated concert series' in the region.

Rihanna will be the star turn on the Sunday night (race night), while it has also been revealed that dance music legends The Chemical Brothers will kick things off on the Friday.

Details of Saturday's headline act has not yet been announced, but it's understood that Drake has been approached, according to Time Out Dubai.

Last year saw Blur, Florence And The Machine, and Enrique Iglesias were the stars playing to 60,000 people at du Arena, while previous years have included Jay Z, Pharrell, Beyonce, The Who, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Eminem and Britney Spears.

The musical celebration extends way beyond the main stage though, with Live On The Corniche hosting Bamboo, Wael Kfoury, J.Cole, and Faithless. There is no word yet on the line-up for 2016.

Access to the main concerts at du Arena is only available to those buying tickets for the race, qualifying or pre-qualifying. A three-day pass can cost between AED1,000 and AED4,685. Last year, the most luxurious package, that in Paddock Club, set fans back nearly AED20,000.

Rihanna is currently on tour across North America and Europe with her eighth album, Anti, and is expected to take the Abu Dhabi stage with her new tunes such as Work, Needed Me and Better Have My Money.

The multiple-Grammy award Barbadian singer has sent countless songs to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and her concerts are known for their larger-than-life production appeal. The Diamonds singer's was last in the UAE in 2013 when she played the same venue, selling out.

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