Queen set to perform at grand prix

US singer Adam Lambert (right) of the band Queen + Adam Lambert with British guitarist Brian May (left) performing at a concert in Zurich last year.
US singer Adam Lambert (right) of the band Queen + Adam Lambert with British guitarist Brian May (left) performing at a concert in Zurich last year.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

British rock icons Queen, fronted by American singer Adam Lambert, and Australian pop star Kylie Minogue are some of the acts that have been confirmed for the 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix.

Performing at various stages within the Marina Bay Street Circuit from Sept 16 to 18, the other acts that have been announced are British pop-rock band Bastille, American a cappella stars Pentatonix and veteran funk-pop American outfit KC And The Sunshine Band.

It will be the first gig here for Queen, known for anthemic rock songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, originally sung by their charismatic singer Freddie Mercury who died in 1991. Former American Idol contestant Lambert started singing with the group in 2011. They will headline the main Padang stage (Zone 4) on the second night, Sept 17.

Multi-award-winning Minogue is one of Australia's most successful pop singers with a string of hits from the bubblegum pop of I Should Be So Lucky to dance hit Can't Get You Out Of My Head. She last played a full concert here at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in 2011 and will headline the Padang stage on the first night, Sept 16.

Bastille, whose debut album Bad Blood went to No. 1 in Britain, will perform at the Padang Stage on Sept 17. They last played here at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, last year .

Grammy-winners Pentatonix, one of the most popular music acts on YouTube, perform at the Village Stage (Zone 1) on Sept 17. They last played here at The Star Theatre last year.

KC And The Sunshine Band, known for evergreen party hits such as That's The Way (I Like It) and (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, will play at the Village Stage on Sept 16.

More acts, including the Sunday night Padang stage headliner, will be announced in the coming weeks. The list of acts this year continues the Singapore Grand Prix tradition of bringing in crowd-pullers at its multiple stages, which draw up 50,000 a night, making them some of the biggest concerts held in Singapore. Past headliners include American rock veterans Bon Jovi last year, pop prince Justin Bieber in 2013 and pop star Katy Perry in 2012.

Tickets start from $38, a promotional price for Singaporeans and Singapore residents and only sold over the counter at Sistic outlets for a Zone 4 (Padang Stage) walkabout ticket for the first night, Sept 16. Regular tickets start from $78 and can be bought online at www.singaporegp.sg.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2016, with the headline 'Queen set to perform at grand prix'. Print Edition | Subscribe