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Singapore GP organisers tout a new entertainment experience for race-goers

Lined up on the sidelines of the race this September: More stages, 49 acts including international headliners and homegrown rockers, a hawker village and a vintage F1 car race.

SINGAPORE: The organisers of the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix on Thursday (July 31) unveiled the full slate of on- and off-track activities planned for ticket-holders from Sept 19 to 21.

Among the highlights: A total of nine stages; 49 entertainment acts from 20 countries; a Hawker Village with 10 stalls; and a series of races involving F1 cars from decades past. All that, and the actual F1 Grand Prix, too.

The nine stages - up from six last year - will see headline acts Jennifer Lopez, Robbie Williams, Mayday, John Legend, the Pet Shop Boys and Ziggy Marley mix it up with other international acts such as American folk-blues singer Seasick Steve, Australia's Vino Veritas, and Singapore's own The Sam Willows and 13-year-old Miguel Antonio.

Those attending the race will also be able to take in performances by illusionists like Andrew Mayne, theatrical performances (outdoor extravaganza Lady in the Moon, circus-cabaret troupe Torque), roving artists (all-female Korean percussionists Drum Cat, airbrush tattoo artists 8-Ball Tattoo) and workshops by the likes of percussionists Asia Ability and African dancers Frititi.

A Hawker Village will be erected at the edge of the Padang, with 10 stalls offering local and international cuisine operating in an open-concept environment.

On track, ahead of the main event F1 race on the night of Sept 21, a selection of 20 cars from F1 grands prix past - all the way back to the 1966 - will compete in a Masters Historic Formula 1 showdown. Also featured is the penultimate leg of this year's Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship.

Said Mr Michael Roche, Executive Director of the Singapore GP: "We were thrilled to receive excellent feedback from our patrons on their overall experience at the Marina Bay Street Circuit last year. One of the trends was that people are coming in through our gates earlier to fully maximise their time in the Circuit Park, indicating that fans have come to appreciate our entertainment programming over the years.

"This September will be no different. In fact fans can look forward to new entertainment precincts and dining concepts, a specially curated entertainment line-up which includes some musical gems and even an 'extreme circuscabaret' act, and more interactive activities so ticketholders have plenty to see and do from the minute they enter our gates." 

The 799,000sqm Circuit Park will be open from 3pm to midnight on all three days. Tickets start from S$68 for a one-day walkabout ticket.

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