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Action Assured - On Track and Off


With over 30 world-class acts will be performing at 9 stages throughout the Marina Bay Street Circuit, in addition to the sport's only night race, the 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will leave spectators breathless as they soak in a day-and-night multi-sensory experience.

Between 8pm and 10pm local time on Sunday 27th September, all attention is likely to be focused on the battle between the Brawn and Red Bull cars on the track itself. On current form, Singapore looks set to play host to a championship showdown.

But both before and after the race, and across the entire Grand Prix weekend, artistes led by rock band Travis, Chaka Khan, Backstreet Boys and Youssou N'Dour will add even more excitement. Large-scale theatre acts and top DJs will further ensure that the 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX is a weekend to remember.

"We were delighted to be given so many accolades and compliments after the inaugural running of the race in 2008, but we always knew we would have to make this year's event even bigger and better" says Singapore GP Deputy Chairman Colin Syn. "With our mixture of enhanced on-track action and the ultimate music event, we are creating a must-go party for race ticketholders."

Fine tuning of the Marina Bay Street Circuit is also set to provide more on-track action. Key corners including Turn 1 and Turn 14, at the end of the Esplanade Bridge, are being re-profiled and tightened to increase the potential for overtaking moves. In addition the chassis developments for the 2009 season, including the use of slick tyres and the possible use of KERS 'power boost' technology by Ferrari and McLaren, may lead to even more spectacular racing.

Much of the post-race action for fans will, as last year be centred in the heart of the circuit. After a buzzing post-race party last year at the Padang, the top nightspot Zouk returns this time to the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre to present top deejays Carl Cox, the godfather of UK techno, and progressive tech-house' stalwart John Digweed.

There will also be additional roving artistes to tease the spectators. Melbourne-based Strange Fruit will take the circuit park entertainment to another level, literally. Perched atop 4-metre high flexible poles, the troupe delivers a sublime performance, bending and swaying in the air, fusing theatre, dance and circus acts.

Cie des Quidams' Herbert's Dream will also woo spectators with an enchanting performance which has bewitched audiences from Bangkok to Brusells since 1997. The French artistes, draped in white cloth, will perform on stilts to bewitching music and slowly transform to illuminated characters, set against the Singapore night-time sky

All of the artistes will be performing at various stages around the Circuit Park. Travis will perform at Zone 4 at the Padang, while the Backstreet Boys will be playing a short acoustic set on 26 September (Saturday) in Zone 1, close to the startline.

The Backstreet Boys will perform a full length set on 27 September (Sunday) at the Padang stage after the race. Chaka Khan is scheduled to perform in Zone 1 at the Paddock Club Lifestyle stage and Zone 1 stage on 27 September (Sunday) only.

"When we created the Singapore Grand Prix, one of our main priorities from the start was to maximize on the entertainment and value for money for racegoers" says Colin Syn. "We want this to be much more than just another motor race in which nothing else comes even close to. With something for everyone, the 2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX will truly be a memorable weekend like no other event on the calendar."

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