Pop and rock royalty head to Yas

Pop and rock royalty head to Yas

Britney Spears and Paul McCartney to headline Formula One concert series

By Mohamad Kadry (kadry@khaleejtimes.com)

Published: Tue 27 Sep 2011, 10:22 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:18 AM

AFTER WEEKS OF speculation and rumours, the anticipated line-up for the upcoming Formula One concert series has finally revealed what many were already expecting: Britney Spears is finally on her way to the UAE. But it’s another surprise performer who’s generating the real buzz.

While Spears will be headlining the opening night concert for the Formula One Grand Prix on Yas Island, it is former Beatles’ member Sir Paul McCartney who will be closing the third and final night of the biggest event on the capital’s social calendar. American rock band Incubus and British hard rock band The Cult will also share the stage on the second night of the Yasalam concert series.

It was celebrity blogger Perez Hilton who first predicted Spears’ Abu Dhabi confirmation nearly two weeks ago after noticing an opening during her Femme Fatale tour that fit perfectly into the upcoming Formula One schedule. Having sold close to 100 million records worldwide, and recently honoured at the MTV Video Music Awards with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Spears has made quite a comeback this past year following a very public mental breakdown amidst a divorce from husband and would-be rapper Kevin Federline. Her current tour has been hailed by critics and fans alike for its extravagant set design and return to her famous dance routines. She is slated to perform at Yas Arena on November 11, her first ever concert here.

While Bono and his U2 bandmates were on the top of many wish lists this year, Yasalam will be closing in equally spectacular style as the icon Sir Paul McCartney brings his ‘On the Run Tour’ to Abu Dhabi on November 13.

McCartney embarked on the tour in July playing to capacity arenas across North America. The English legend is listed in Guinness World Records as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history and is considered one of the wealthiest performers in Europe.

Off the island, the Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach concerts will feature superstar performances from Lebanese icon Najwa Karam, Saber Al Robai, British R&B sensation Jay Sean, Wyclef Jean, K-Pop artists Seo in Young, Nine Muse and many others lined up to rock the bustling beach party during Yasalam.

The month long celebrations are set to begin on October 14 with a slew of activities and events in place across the capital.


Visit www.yasalam.ae to register and get a chance to win two of 10,000 invitations to see Britney Spears perform at the Yasalam first after-race concert.

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