Singtel Formula One F1 Grand Prix Singapore Night Race Street Circuit with Performances by Rick Astley and Shakira

This weekend, Kate and I decided to attend the Singtel Formula One F1 Grand Prix Night Race Street Circuit Singapore (what a mouthful!). As mentioned during a previous post, we are not really fans of F1. However, the main attraction for us this time round was Rick Astley and Shakira! (With hits such as Together Forever, Never gonna give you up, Hips dont lie, Waka Waka)

However, in order to catch them in the Fan Zone (dedicated area in front of the stage at Padang), we had to arrive at 3pm (gates open at 3pm) to get the Fan tickets that allowed us to enter the Fan Zone. It was quite fun to see that as soon as the gate opened, there were many people running towards the Padang Stage to get the fan tickets. We estimated that it was about a 200 metres sprint. Many faltered along the way, at the escalators and at the stairs.

For future fan zone tickets, it is worthy to note that even after most have gotten their fan zone tickets, there were still extra. So it really was unnecessary to run….

The first place we headed to was the Esplanade to catch the Rick Astley concert! There was already a long queue when we re-entered at 5pm! We entered from gate 3 because it was easily accessible via the City Hall MRT station/interchange.

Long winding queues to enter at 5pm
Long winding queues to enter at 5pm

Entering from Gate 3
Entering from Gate 3

Festivities as we entered the circuit area
Festivities as we entered the circuit area

Along the way, we got to catch the Porsche race as well…

Porsche Race prior to F1 Qualifying
Porsche Race prior to F1 Qualifying

With Marvelous Views of the City Skyline
With Marvelous Views of the City Skyline

Another view of the CBD
Another view of the CBD

However, we were slightly late for the Rick Astley concert

Approaching the Open Air Performance Area at Esplanade
Approaching the Open Air Performance Area at Esplanade

See how crowded it was!

Crowd at Rick Astley concert
Crowd at Rick Astley concert

Hence we had to settle for a bird’s eye view and enjoy an unobstructed view of the city…

Bird's Eye View of Rick Astley Concert
Bird’s Eye View of Rick Astley Concert

Unobstructed view of the City
Unobstructed view of the City

Are you able to spot the energetic dancer in this clip? Clue: He is in white…

Next we headed to glutton’s bay to quelch our hunger. The prices were actually jerked up for the F1, fried oyster can cost up to $12 and people actually ordered it!

Crowded Glutton's Bay eventhough prices skyrocketed!
Crowded Glutton’s Bay eventhough prices skyrocketed!

Of course we had to rush our dinner to ensure that we had a good view at Shakira’s concert…thankfully, there was a extension right in the middle of the stage that allowed Shakira to get closer to the fans in the middle. This was where we caught an excellent view of her.

Stage Front at Padang for Shakira Concert
Stage Front at Padang for Shakira Concert

Shakira!
Shakira!

Great shot by Kate
Great shot by Kate

Halfway through the concert, an enthusiastic fan just mounted upon his friend and bashed their way closer to the stage! But we could see he was a fan, being able to sing all the songs in Spanish as well…

Enthusiastic Fan
Enthusiastic Shakira Fan

Shakira in the traditional dress
Shakira in the traditional dress

Shakira on the Guitar
Shakira on the Guitar

After the performance, we are convinced that she is actually a very good performer live…take a look at these clips…


Shakira Dancing to the beat of the drums


Shakira on the harmonica and performing “Gypsy”

Shakira also did perform Hips Dont Lie and Waka Waka after the encore chants from the fans. This was how the concert ended, with mini fire works and confetti…

Celebration at the end of the Concert
Celebration at the end of Shakira’s Concert

After the concert, we hurried back to catch the qualifying…however we were only able to catch the Q3 and final lap by the time we were seated (it took quite a while before we could leave the concert area at Padang)…

Seats at the Bay Grandstand
Seats at the Bay Grandstand

View of the Marina Bay Sands
View of the Marina Bay Sands

It was another long wait to leave the Bay Grandstand. However, we did enjoy this year’s F1 Race. We think that with all the festivities (sourvenirs, tents for food and drinks as well as concerts), it makes Singtel Formula One Singapore an unique event and one that is really prominent on the F1 calendar.


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F1 @ Bay Grandstand

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3 Responses to Singtel Formula One F1 Grand Prix Singapore Night Race Street Circuit with Performances by Rick Astley and Shakira

  1. The race is so cool. Shakira is sexy and beautiful too in the event. This is one of the most memorable event in Singapore for me.

  2. It is little doubt that this is the best singer in the country! What makes a singer isn’t their personality, it’s their voice! I don’t like when people judge singers on things that just aren’t that interesting. Remember, they are entertainers, not actors! Let them do their thing and enjoy the melodies!

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