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International singers Khalid and Lewis Capaldi to headline the after race concerts at 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

I was driving to work when the Radio presenter broke the news of the artists performing at this year's after race concerts at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It is a much awaited event. Visitors from around the world gather to the state of the art circuit to get a glimpse of their favourite racers at this adrenaline rush of an event.

Set to begin on December 9 and running till the 12th, it promises to be bigger and faster than ever before.

US superstar, Khalid, will take to the stage at Etihad Park, Yas Island, for his first ever concert in the UAE on Thursday 9th December, while the Saturday 11th December show will see a world-class performance from Scottish sensation and two-time BRIT Award winning, Lewis Capaldi.

Multi-platinum selling global superstar 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 right 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.

His album Free Spirit has garnered over 11 billion streams worldwide. Khalid, who has been called a “pop prodigy” by Rolling Stone has been streamed over 30 billion times worldwide across all partners, has been nominated for 6 Grammys and has won numerous awards including 6 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, a Teen Choice Award, an MTV Video Music Award and an MTV Woodie Award.

Khalid 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, Ed Sheeran and more.

The Mayor and Council of the City of El Paso honored Khalid with a “Key To The City” marking September 13th, 2018 “Khalid Day.” Khalid, alongside his mother, launched The Great Khalid Foundation, which is committed to helping families by alleviating a burden of need. Khalid recently wrapped up his “Free Spirit World Tour” which took him to arenas all over the globe in 2019. In 2020, Khalid released his critically acclaimed track “Eleven” and his smash hit “Know Your Worth” with Disclosure. He was named the youngest artist to surpass 15 billion streams on Spotify alone and was named BMI’s Pop Songwriter of the Year (alongside Post Malone.) His most recent track “New Normal” came out this summer and he is currently in the studio working on his next project.

Saturday night will see the Scottish singer/songwriter turned international superstar, Lewis Capaldi, bring his incredible vocals and on-stage antics to the UAE Capital.

Capaldi’s debut album “Devinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent” spent ten 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’.

Fans can also expect Lewis Capaldi’s live show to include hits “Before You Go”, Capaldi’s second song to hit the 1 billion stream mark, “Bruises”, and “Hold Me While You Wait”.

Two additional AAA 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.

With the government approved capacity in Etihad Park, all Grand Prix ticketholders will be asked to choose one Yasalam After-Race Concert to attend. Two-day and three-day ticketholders can select any one of the After-Race Concerts to enjoy, while one-day ticketholders will be able to attend the performance on that particular evening. Those fans who have purchased tickets for the Grand Prix prior to the announcement of the After-Race Concert artists will be given a priority window in which to select the performance of their choice.

If one day ticketholders wish to attend a different concert to their current day, they can upgrade their ticket to a two- or three-day ticket which will allow them to select from any of the four artists. For the Thursday night concert, headlined by Khalid, fans will need to purchase a two- or three-day ticket, one-day tickets are not available for Thursday. Tickets can be upgraded by calling 800 YAS only, the YMC Concierge team will be there to assist with current ticketholders requests.

Al Tareq Al Ameri, CEO of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management, commented: “We’ve been so 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 Lewis Capaldi.

Following last week’s government updates, capacity at Yas Marina Circuit has increased allowing for additional fans to get in on the action taking place from December 9th-12th.

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