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Musicals for F1 show

Though chart-toppers are missing, the $5m line-up will feature a Mambo night and pop stars
The Straits Times - July 29, 2011
By: Melissa Kok
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Musicals for F1 show PHOTOS: SINGAPORE GP

F1 spectators this year can look forward to a diverse mix of pop and dance acts, plus - for the first time - musicals and a Mambo night.

The $5-million entertainment line-up for the SingTel Singapore Grand Prix in September includes Bollywood Express, a 45-minute production from the folks behind the highly successful Merchants Of Bollywood musical, and Forbidden Broadway, a satirical revue that spoofs popular Broadway productions.

The event will be held at the Marina Bay circuit park and will also feature the largest Mambo night - a retro music showcase popular with Zouk clubbers - at the Marina Bay floating platform.

The venue can accommodate more than 20,000 people.

The music acts at F1 this year are American rock band Linkin Park, 1980s pop singer Rick Astley, reggae singer and rapper Shaggy, Filipino singer Charice Pempengco and UK duo Daddy G and 3D of veteran trip-hop act Massive Attack.

But those expecting tunes from Massive Attack's more than two decades- long discography may be dismayed to know that the duo are here only to spin a DJ set.

Music fans who were looking forward to Billboard chart-topping artists such as Mariah Carey and Missy Elliot, who were here last year, may be disappointed with the upcoming music line-up.

But the organisers, Singapore GP, said they will later announce another headline act.

Ms Sarah Martin, director of operations for Singapore GP, stressed that there was 'no one crown jewel' to pull in the crowd.

She added that this year's plan was to give a broad spectrum of arts and music acts to cater to the diverse crowd.

'We challenge everyone who comes, who think they will not find something that they like - they will walk away with something to gush about.

'We have packed in a host of entertainment activities to ensure every ticket offers great value for money,' she said.

This year's event will also see a greater emphasis on the arts, with Italian theatre group Studio Festi performing Ocean Symphony, an underwater-themed installation at the Marina Bay floating platform.

Spectators can expect choreography involving performers submerged in life-sized bowls, aerial acrobatics and a massive 25m-high water screen created by using water from the Marina Bay Reservoir.

Throughout the circuit park, spectators will also get to see specially commissioned art installations and enjoy performances by roving artists, such as percussionists and stilt-walkers, during the three days of the race.

The music performances are accessible to all ticket-holders and they will be spread out across the three race nights from Sept 23 to 25. The detailed timetable is not available yet.

Some spectators, such as civil servant David Mah, 33, who bought tickets to last year's F1 to catch Carey, rocker Daughtry and rapper Missy Elliot, are not too impressed with this year's line-up.

'Last year totally rocked, but this time, the line-up's not so great. I may think twice about going,' he said.

Public relations consultant Jeremy Seow, 33, an alternative music fan, is interested to see Massive Attack, but added: 'I would be excited to watch a standalone show from these guys, but I don't think it is worth it to pay for F1 tickets just to see them.'

Another music fan, housewife Adeline Lee, 31, said she will be looking forward to Mambo Night at the F1.

'It will be quite cool to hold it outdoors at such a huge venue, as I used to go for Mambo Night pretty often when I was younger,' she said.

Last year, the race attracted about 240,000 people over three days.

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Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit
When: Sept 23 to 25
Admission: $38 to $1,288 from Sistic (call 6348-5555 or go to, book at or call 6738-6738



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