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High octane acts

Formula One cars aside, the live acts taking place at the race this weekend will rev up the party mood of revellers
The Straits Times - September 20, 2012
By: Melissa Kok And Eddino Abdul Hadi
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High octane acts PHOTO: UNIVERSAL MUSIC SINGAPORE

Party-revellers, start your engines.

The Formula One entertainment line-up is in overdrive, with more than 40 local and international music acts performing within and around the street circuit this weekend, in addition to acrobatic performers, celebrity impersonators and samba dancers who will be roving around the F1 area.

Over three days, from Friday to Sunday, racegoers and music fans can rock to the sounds of pop-rock band Maroon 5, pop siren Katy Perry, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou and the melodic pop of veteran 1980s band The Pretenders, all who will be performing on stages within the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The gargantuan Padang Stage in Zone 4, the biggest among the six stages throughout the circuit park, is set to host the biggest concerts of the year.

Up to 50,000 music fans are expected to throng the field each night - a massive number considering that major acts who come here usually play at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, which seats up to 13,000.

It will not be just chart-toppers and mainstream pop acts at the big stage though. The race organisers have ensured that a wide spectrum of music genres will be represented throughout the circuit park.

As Mr Michael Roche, executive director of Singapore GP, puts it: "All other circuit park stages are also packed with everything from jazz to world music to our usual parades of drummers and street musicians."

The night-time revelry continues as DJs, including celebrity DJ Seb Fontaine, Grammy-nominated producer Tony Moran and beatboxing electronica duo Them & Us, will be hitting the decks at exclusive parties, bars and nightclubs.

In fact, nightclubs Avalon and New Asia Bar are flagging off the race to party early, with F1-themed parties kicking off tonight.

Life! catches up with the boys from Maroon 5 and a few DJs to talk about their music, fast cars and the adrenaline rush they get from performing in front of a live audience.

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