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Backstreet Boys, Chaka Khan to headline Singapore entertainment 23 Jun 2009

Circuit at night.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Preparations, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Thursday, 25 September 2008 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R28 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Singapore, Sunday, 28 September 2008 Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW30, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 28 September 2008 Circuit at night.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Preparations, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Thursday, 25 September 2008

As if the return of the only Formula One night race wasn’t exciting enough, Singapore Grand Prix organisers have also released news of a celebrity-packed off-track music line-up for this September’s event. The exclusive free concerts will entertain fans throughout the weekend at the Marina Bay circuit.

Headlined by renowned international artistes the Backstreet Boys and Chaka Khan, Singapore’s impressive programme will also include stage performances from Senegalese legend Youssou N’Dour, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Mavis Staples and Filipino pop sensation Rivermaya. Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli are also set to energise audiences.

“This first group of internationally acclaimed artistes is just the tip of the iceberg. Essentially, spectators will be in for a multi-sensory treat,” said Michael Roche, executive director of the Singapore Grand Prix. “Last year’s eclectic mix was unique to any circuit park and was a huge success. This year, we are topping that with a bigger line-up of artistes for non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend, all included in the ticket price.”

To add to the atmosphere, a variety of roving performers such as local drumming troupes Wicked Aura Batucada, Strikeforce and Australian visual arts group Slack Taxi will also roam amongst spectators, while comedian Austin Flowers, Pavarotti impersonator Roger Davy and the Brazilian Samba Girls will return after successful appearances at last year’s inaugural race.

Singaporean race fans can also look forward to some locals acts, including jazz singers Alemay Fernandez and Dawn Ho, rock bands London Fog and Electrico, as well as award-winning record producer and songwriter, Hanjin. More performers will be revealed by the race organisers in July.

There will be eight locations within the Marina Bay Street Circuit designated for the entertainment, which will start as early as 4pm and is scheduled to end around midnight. The Singapore Grand Prix will take place from September 25-27.