By Gavin Gibbon
Event on March 19-22 is going ahead despite coronavirus outbreak in the kingdom
Acts from Italy, Spain and Germany have been secured to perform at this year’s Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
As part of the off-track entertainment, Italian outfit Funky Style Band, Papaya Jam, from Spain, and Aras Stilt Band, from Germany, are among the eclectic mix of artists set to take the stage at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).
The announcement was made on Sunday as question marks remain over the staging of the event, which is due to take place from March 19-22, amid an increasing coronavirus threat.
The kingdom’s Interior Ministry has urged concerned bodies not to organise public gatherings in the next two weeks as the country tries to contain the spread of the virus, which has infected 41 people so far.
Italy is at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, with 1,128 recorded cases and 29 reported deaths; while there are 73 confirmed cases in Spain and 117 in Germany.
On Saturday, Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said the Bahrain race will go ahead as scheduled, despite the outbreak.
Bahrain is the second race on the Formula 1 calendar, after Melbourne, Australia.
Carey said: “We’re headed to Melbourne, heading to Bahrain and heading to Hanoi.”