Beyoncé opens the Grand Prix race weekend with stunning performance in Abu Dhabi as Flash’s Yasalam after-race concerts kick into gear on Yas Island

Published October 30th, 2009 - 03:21 GMT

Tonight saw Flash Entertainment open the gates to the specially erected stunning concert arena within Ferrari World on Yas Island. As the crowd poured in, the atmosphere in the arena was electric. Flash Entertainment pulled out all the stops to create a stage and arena set-up to match the grandness of the 2009 Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and an artist line up never seen before by a host city.

The phenomenally successful American R&B artist Beyoncé wowed the crowds and turned on an action-packed performance in front of over 40,000 spectators to launch the Yasalam after-race concerts on Yas Island, presented by Flash Entertainment.   

Grand Prix ticket holders enjoyed the perfect opening to the race weekend action as Beyoncé performed some of her hits including Crazy in Love, If I were a boy and Sweet Dreams.

John Lickrish, Managing Director, Flash Entertainment said:

“When Flash Entertainment launched the Yasalam programme we set out with the intention of creating something unique, something to bring the whole community together to celebrate our wonderful city. 

“The climax to the Formula 1™ season deserves something very special to accompany it and tonight’s first Yasalam after-race concert undoubtedly provided that. Beyoncé’s performance tonight was simply amazing and showed just why she is regarded among the world’s top artists.”

“With three more great acts lined up this weekend, we are all looking forward to continuing the massive Formula 1™ celebrations in Abu Dhabi.”

Performing as part of the ‘Yasalam on Yas Island’ celebrations, Beyoncé is the first of a star-studded line-up of the world’s best musical talent who are performing over the race weekend. British funk band Jamiroquai are gearing up to play tomorrow (Friday 30th October) followed by American rockers Kings of Leon (31st October) and Aerosmith who will provide the thrilling climax to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday (1st November).

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