- Race weekend to reach spectacular finale as one of biggest selling rappers of all time hits the du Arena, Yas Island
- Yasalam After-Race Concerts to give F1™ ticket holders exclusive access to Kylie Minogue, Nickelback and Eminem, all in one weekend
- Full Yasalam 2012 programme to be announced on Tuesday 18th September
Abu Dhabi, UAE – Sunday 9th September, 2012: Eminem has been unveiled as the final Yasalam After-Race Concert artist, bringing the F1™ weekend to a stunning climax at the du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Eminem will perform on Sunday 4th November, after the 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Now in its fourth year, the Sunday finale concert has become a landmark event for Abu Dhabi and a fitting finish to one of the most eagerly awaited sporting events in the region.
Eminem is one of the most popular artists in the world, selling more than 90 million albums worldwide and being recognized as the best-selling artist of the 2000’s. The multi-talented star has achieved success as a rapper, record producer, songwriter and actor. He was the first rapper to win an Academy Award (for Best Original Song), adding to his 13 Grammys. His last album, Recovery, was the best-selling album of the year in 2010 and became his tenth album to reach Number 1 on the Billboard charts. His chart-topping singles include Lose Yourself, The Real Slim Shady, Not Afraid and Love the Way You Lie.
The Yasalam After-Race Concerts are staged at the du Arena, Yas Island, exclusively for F1™ ticket holders. Race tickets include the Y1 Access package, which gives value-added benefits during the race weekend, including access to all three Yasalam After-Race Concerts, as well as exclusive live concert ticket discounts running throughout the year.
The After-Race Concerts are part of Live on Yas Island, one of the three pillars of Yasalam, the largest city-wide entertainment programme by any F1™ host city, anywhere in the world. Abu Dhabi’s biggest celebration of the year offers unrivalled entertainment, thrilling events and exclusive concerts for tens of thousands to enjoy across the city.
Full details of the whole Yasalam programme, including Live Across the City, Live on the Corniche and Live on Yas Island, will be announced on Tuesday 18th September.
In a change to previous years, 2012 race-goers will need to visit Yas Marina Circuit each day to collect their concert wristband, to get access to the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. Each day of the race, 2,000 Golden Circle upgrades for that night’s concert will be given away free at Yas Marina Circuit. In addition, the new ‘2 Friends Friday’ promotion means the first 15,000 domestic F1™ ticket buyers receive a pair of complimentary invitations to see Kylie Minogue on Friday 2nd November.
For those wanting to keep the party atmosphere going after the Yasalam After-Race Concerts, SKYBAR Abu Dhabi is returning in 2012, running from 1st – 4th November at the du Forum, Yas Island. First launched in 2010, SKYBAR Abu Dhabi 2012 is the Only Official Party for the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. It has become one of the most popular club bar experience of the year for party people across the region coming into Abu Dhabi to enjoy the motorsport celebrations.
Ticket holders for the F1™ race weekend will receive the privilege of 20% discount off all General Admission standing tickets for SKYBAR Abu Dhabi, through the Y1 Access benefits package. F1™ ticket holders will receive an email with an exclusive password and more details on how to claim their discount. Full Terms and Conditions apply.
Further details are available on www.thinkflash.ae. For Grand Prix tickets call 800927 or visit www.yasmarinacircuit.com.
Eminem has been one of the best-selling rappers in the world since his major-label debut album The Slim Shady LP. The Grammy Award-winning album was the first in a string of hits which has seen ten Number 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and more than 90 million sales worldwide. He was recognised as the best-selling artist of the 2000s and Billboard magazine rated two of his albums in the top five highest-selling albums of the decade.
His chart-topping singles include Lose Yourself, The Real Slim Shady, Not Afraid and Love the Way You Lie.
He has collaborated on singles and albums with stars including 50 Cent, Dr Dre, Rihanna, Akon and Royca da 5’9”.
In 2002, Eminem starred in the hip hop drama 8 Mile. His subsequent Oscar, for Best Original Screenplay, joins a long list of awards which includes 13 Grammys, eight American Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards, as well as accolades from around the world.
Eminem runs his own label, Shady Records, and his own satellite radio channel, Shade 45.
For more information visit www.eminem.com and www.shadyrecords.com
Yasalam is one of the most highly anticipated annual entertainment festivals. Since its inception in 2009, over 1.5 million people have enjoyed Yasalam Live Across the City, Live on the Corniche and Live on Yas Island. The festival blends an exciting mix of sport, film, music, art, culture and community events for residents and visitors in Abu Dhabi to enjoy. It is the largest city-wide entertainment programme by any F1™ host city, anywhere in the world.
For more information visit www.yasalam.ae
ABOUT YAS MARINA CIRCUIT
Yas Marina Circuit is probably one of the world’s most iconic sporting venues. Located on Yas Island, the circuit debuted on October 30, 2009 with the final race of the FIA Formula One World Championship – the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to a capacity crowd of around 50,000. Year round, Yas Marina Circuit hosts an extensive programme of leading international and national motorsport racing series as well as major entertainment events and corporate activities. Supplementary facilities include the Yas Drag Racing Centre, the Yas Racing School and the Yas Kartzone.
ABOUT Y1 ACCESS
In an unprecedented development for an F1™ host city, Yasalam Y1 Access will provide all 2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders with a unique package of value-added benefits and exclusive live concert ticket discounts running throughout the year;
3 After-Race Concerts
Enjoy three nights of A-lister performances at the Yasalam After-Race Concerts throughout race weekend. Previous years have seen Aerosmith, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Linkin Park, Prince, Britney Spears and Paul McCartney play to thousands at the du Arena, Yas Island.
In a change to previous years, in 2012 race goers will need to visit Yas Marina Circuit each day to collect their concert wristband. No Wristband, No Yasalam After-Race Concert.
Golden Circle Wristbands
Each day, two thousand lucky race-goers will receive an upgrade to the Golden Circle at the Yasalam After-Race Concerts. Make sure you’re one of the first to Yas Marina Circuit each day to be in with a chance of winning.
2 Friends Friday
The first 15,000 UAE-based race ticket buyers will receive a pair of complimentary invitations to the Friday concert, absolutely free. Kick your weekend off in style with friends or family at a Yasalam After-Race Concert.
Discounts on FLASH concerts in 2012
F1™ ticket holders will receive a 20% discount on selected FLASH concerts and events from 1st September to the end of 2012. Concerts at the du Arena and du Forum last year saw Metallica, Sade, David Guetta, Shakira and Snoop Dogg perform in Abu Dhabi and 2012 promises to be equally exciting.
For info visit www.thinkflash.ae and look out for the Y1 Access logo to claim your discount.
ABOUT du ARENA
Now this is entertainment as it should be! The du Arena is the place to be in the UAE for world class live entertainment. Having hosted more than 50 artists since opening in 2009 (under the name of Yas Arena), its stage has been graced by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Beyonce, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Janet Jackson and regional superstar Amr Diab.
Offering an unrivalled live music experience synonymous with duLive!, the du Arena is located on Yas Island (www.yasisland.ae) in Abu Dhabi – the region’s leading entertainment and leisure destination. It is the largest outdoor concert venue in the Middle East, with the shortest queuing times in the region, free parking for over 5,000 cars, rapid transport links to downtown Abu Dhabi and Dubai and easy, walking-distance access to a host of world-class hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities across Yas Island.
ABOUT FLASH ENTERTAINMENT
Based in Abu Dhabi, FLASH Entertainment is the region’s premier live events company, with a proven track record in delivering world-class events from movie premieres and classical shows to international sports events and megastar music concerts. FLASH offers comprehensive event management solutions from concepts and designs through to coordinating every stage of production. The company is committed to providing the region with diverse entertainment programmes, grass roots creativity and stimulating the local economy and events’ industry.
In just three years, FLASH has diversified its business portfolio, developing entertainment that has seen close to two million fans through the doors. Partnering with leading international sports and entertainment organizations such as Live Nation, Cream and UFC, the company is well on its way to achieve its mission of growing from the region’s premier live events company, to a globally recognized peerless entertainment organization. FLASH owns a 10% stake in UFC and manages a multi-million-dirham portfolio of assets including the du Arena and du Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.