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    [News] BSB to perform during Singapore GP

    Post by Gianna S. on Tue 16 Jun 2009, 8:44 pm


    Backstreet Boys, Chaka Khan to perform during Singapore GP
    By Ian De Cotta, TODAY |
    Posted: 12 June 2009 1028 hrs


    SINGAPORE: It did not take much to convince top-selling American boy-band group Backstreet Boys to perform again in Singapore.

    When they heard that their gig would be held at the Padang during the
    SingTel Singapore Grand Prix night race, they gave a resounding yes.

    The best-selling boy band - with record sales of over 100 million
    records - and multi-Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan were two of the
    entertainment acts that race organisers revealed on Thursday as part of
    the entertainment package for the event from September 25 to 27.

    “Both the Backstreet Boys and Chaka Khan normally perform at
    concerts... they see a sexy element to the night race and reckon they
    will have a blast,” said Singapore GP director of operations Sarah
    Martin.

    The third big name will be released next month but the group will
    appeal to all age groups, said Ms Martin. Among other events to be
    announced then will be two of the world’s top 10 DJs.

    “I can honestly say we have revolutionised the way people view
    entertainment at any Grand Prix,” said Ms Martin. “Without a doubt, we
    will be giving the best experience that any Grand Prix has seen.”

    Although all ticket holders will be able to watch the Backstreet
    Boys on both weekend nights at Zone 4, only spectators at the
    grandstands facing the paddock at Zone 1 will have the privilege to
    watch Chaka Khan after the main race on Sunday.

    Tickets there are priced at S$1,388 each.

    “We felt that ticket holders who are paying a lot more... deserve
    some exclusivity and this is the best way to give it to them,” said Ms
    Martin.

    Other top performers include Senegalese legend Youssou N’Dour -
    listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People - and Rock &
    Roll Hall of Fame’s Mavis Staples.

    To cater to the large number of foreign visitors, two key theatre
    acts will be staged along the lines of the world famous Cirque du
    Soleil.

    “About 40 per cent of the fans at the race will come from overseas and we want to bridge the language barriers,” said Ms Martin.

    The acts will be at the Padang and the floating platform. One of
    them has worked in partnership with Cirque du Soleil and is planning
    something special for the Grand Prix, she said.

    Source: channelnewsasia.com


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