What you missed at Singapore's F1 concerts

OneRepublic, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Calvin Harris pulled all the stops at Singapore Grand Prix's 10th anniversary last weekend.

For its 10th anniversary, the Singapore Grand Prix brought in superstars such as Ariana Grande and The Chainsmokers to make for an unforgettable night.

Since some of us couldn't be there, here's our compilation of highlights from the F1 weekend:

OneRepublic

Under a sky full of stars and against the backdrop of our city skyline, American pop-rock band OneRepublic kicked off Day 1 of the Singapore Grand Prix at the Padang last Friday (Sept 15).

And boy, did they set the bar high.

Major throwback songs like 'Stop and Stare' and 'All The Right Moves' got every single one of the 50,000 fans bouncing and screaming along to every word. The atmosphere was absolutely electric and ran chills down our spines.

The five-piece band also played songs from their latest album Oh My My, such as 'Let's Hurt Tonight', 'Kids', 'Better' and 'Wherever I Go'. Even those who didn't know the lyrics still attempted to sing along.


OneRepublic kept everyone dancing on their feet.
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OneRepublic continued to surprise us, even tossing a free beer to one lucky fan in the audience who flew in from Vancouver, Canada.

If you're wondering why, lead vocalist Ryan Tedder told the audience at a show in Vancouver last month that he would buy a beer for anyone who showed up at the Singapore show.

And so he did. Talk about an unforgettable night!

Ariana Grande

Opening Day 2 with one of her best hits, 'Be Alright', which has over 100 million streams on Spotify, American pop singer Ariana Grande came on stage slaying the 50,000-strong audience with her angelic vocals last Saturday (Sept 16).

It is safe to say that only Ariana Grande can make the audience sing their lungs out from her first to her very last song, 'Dangerous Woman', leaving them yearning for more of her angelic voice.

The highlight of her entire 60-minute show had to be her repertoire of underrated but amazing songs, such as 'Bad Decisions', and 'I Don't Care'.

In a touching moment, the entire Padang lit up and sang along in unison when Ariana Grande belted out 'One Last Time'. The track has become a symbol of love and remembrance for the victims of the tragic event in Manchester earlier this year.

The Chainsmokers

After a quick break, the party rebooted with the famous American DJ duo, The Chainsmokers. Taking the stage promptly at 10:10pm, the duo took the audience by surprise, with a remix of their new song, 'The One'.

We've probably heard one or two songs from The Chainsmokers in the club, but trust us, nothing comes close to the real deal!

The dynamic duo brought their performance to a whole new level by performing their best hits and spicing it up with remixed versions of nostalgic songs, such as Cascada's 'Everytime We Touch'.

It goes without saying the crowd went wild and nearly passed out from screaming.


It also helps that the duo look super hot. #eyecandyalert
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The most unforgettable moment was when the duo jokingly asked us to raise our middle fingers if we hated their widely criticised track, '#SELFIE'.

There wasn't a soul in sight who didn't have their middle fingers high up in the air. #sorrymum

The Chainsmokers certainly came with plenty of party vibes, and their 90-minute set was the ideal ending to a Saturday night filled with fun and excitement!

Calvin Harris

Rounding off the F1 festivities on Sunday (Sept 17), British DJ Calvin Harris took to the deck at 10.25pm while celebrating Lewis Hamilton's win at the Singapore Grand Prix.

The hordes of fans – all 60,000 of them – who braved the slight drizzle for Calvin Harris' 75-minute set were rewarded for their patience.

To the delight of many, Calvin Harris opened his set with his old but gold track, 'Sweet Nothing'.


Calvin Harris emerged from his deck, which resembled an alien spaceship,
amidst the fog, dizzying lasers and strobe lights.
PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTH.SG/MARK ONG

Throughout his set, the Grammy winning DJ hyped the crowd with cheeky remixes of Snoop Dogg's songs like 'Still D.R.E' and 'Drop It Like It's Hot'.

We felt like the Padang was literally shaking as the crowd jumped to his hit tracks like 'I Need Your Love' and 'Blame'.

But of course, all good things must come to an end. Closing his set with the ubiquitous party track 'Summer', everyone bounced for one last time before leaving the venue with heavy hearts.

To our surprise, the stage suddenly lit up for an encore repeat of 'Summer', and fans returned to the festival grounds feeling more energetic than before.

Kudos to the Singapore Grand Prix team for having Calvin Harris as the closing act, for he sure wrapped up the three-day celebrations on a high!

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WRITTEN BY: AUDREY ONG, YASMEEN FARHA, BRANDON CHIA AND MARK ONG
BANNER & TEASER PHOTO CREDIT: ENG CHIN AN