This year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will see Mumford & Sons join Pink and Calvin Harris, making it a weekend of top action on and off of the track.
The Grand Prix, which is Formula One’s showpiece event, has had no shortage of famous faces from the music world perform in the past.
From Jay-Z to Sir Paul McCartney to Eminem – Rihanna is the latest in a long list of big names to sing in the UAE capital.
Here, Sport360 takes a look at the previous acts to have lit up the stage at the Yas Marina Circuit.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2016
Performers: Chemical Brothers, Lionel Richie and Rihanna
Line-Up Rating: 8/10 – Largely down to Rihanna’s slick and engaging performance to close the Formula One weekend in fashion.
Judging by the performances of Lionel Ritchie, Chemical Brothers and Rihanna, the event promoters have set the bar high for the 2017 edition of Yasalam.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2015
Performers: Enrique Iglesias, Blur, Florence and the Machine
Line-up Rating: 7/10 – Had he not been riding the wave of a big comeback hit, Enrique would have seemed a left-field choice, while Blur appealed to nostalgic 1990s Britpop lovers and Florence and the Machine cranked up the volume.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2014
Performers: The Who, Pharrell Williams, Armin Van Buuren
Line-up Rating: 8/10 – A mix of old and the new, with The Who rolling back the years to their 1970s heyday while superstar Pharrell oozed class as the main showpiece act.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2013
Performers: Jay-Z, Muse, Depeche Mode
Line-up Rating: 9/10 – Muse’s big-stage appeal made them the perfect act to line-up in the UAE capital and rapper Jay-Z ensured it was a memorable weekend.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2012
Performers: Eminem, Kylie Minogue, Nickelback
Line-up Rating: 8/10 – Past his peak, fans were more interested in Eminem’s classics than his modern material but it was good to see the cult rapper on stage. Kylie and Nickelback were also crowd-pleasers, performing their repertoire of hits.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2011
Performers: Britney Spears, Sir Paul McCartney
Line-up Rating: 8/10 – The Beatles legend is always a huge draw and seemed to enjoy his time on stage in Abu Dhabi, while Britney Spears entertained a jam-packed crowd on the second night.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2010
Performers: Prince, Linkin Park, Kanye West
Line-up Rating: 9/10 – The late, great Prince rolled back the years with a vintage display and American rockers Linkin Park literally lifted the roof. But Kanye West proved the most spectacular.
ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2009
Performers: Aerosmith, Beyonce
Line-up Rating: 9/10 – Cult rock band Aerosmith’s big hits went down well, however Beyonce stole the limelight with a flawless display.