MORE THAN JUST RACING

With blazing hot track action and a whole slew of island-wide concerts and parties, the city got all revved up for the Grand Prix Season Singapore.

Held from 9 to 18 September, the season drew throngs of international and regional visitors to the island city for a piece of non-stop action — both on and off-circuit. 

At the 2016 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, fans were thrilled by the high-octane racing action and cheered at concerts which featured heavyweight local and international acts. Off-circuit, the atmosphere was no less electric, with a whole slew of off-track entertainment options for every taste and budget, taking the festive fun up a notch. 

With the entire city abuzz with activity, it’s no wonder that the Singapore race is often referred to as the crown jewel in the FORMULA 1 circuit and continues to garner global attention, sealing it as a highlight on many a traveller’s calendar. 

LIVING ON THE EDGE

An indisputable highlight amid the season’s festivities was the FORMULA 1 race, and stakes were high as drivers and teams tested their mettle in the twisty turns of the Marina Bay Street Circuit. 

After the race, the crowds flocked to the post-race concerts, which have evolved from trackside entertainment into a beast of its own. The ninth edition saw Australian songbird Kylie Minogue dazzling the crowds with her shimmering outfits and electrifying performance, while Queen + Adam Lambert shared the stage to bring the house down. Rounding up the all-star line-up were other big names such as Imagine Dragons, Halsey and Pentatonix.

THE CITY ABUZZ

Off-circuit, visitors were treated to an array of vibrant shopping, dining, cultural and party experiences, drumming up the excitement island-wide. 

A-list bashes such as Amber Lounge and Podium Lounge pulled out all the stops with everything from circus acts to haute fashion shows. Other partygoers wandered off the beaten track instead, opting for Hotel Vagabond’s dinner theatre experience or the unique market-in-the-skies concept at 1-Altitude’s Johnnie Walker Circuit Party.

With Singapore being a well-known gastronomic paradise, foodie travellers were also spoilt for choice. They made a beeline for gourmet food festival SAVOUR 2016, pored over special menus from Artichoke and Smoke & Mirrors and tried local fare such as satay (grilled meat skewers) at the iconic Lau Pa Sat food centre. 

Culture vultures had much to cheer about, too, with the Singapore International Festival of Arts in full gear and exhibitions at the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum to keep them enthralled. 

The sheer variety of merchant deals also tempted many to drop their dollar — visitors picked up quirky knick-knacks from local design collective NAIISE, scored bargains at Zouk’s FLEA & Easy or chose from exquisite ceramics at the Supermama Porcelain Festival

Festive celebrations during the season such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Deepavali added further colour to the island, with visitors heading to Chinatown, Little India and Gardens by the Bay for gorgeous light-ups that enthralled one and all.

2017 GRAND PRIX SEASON SINGAPORE

If you missed this year’s edition or are yearning for more heart-stopping action, fret not — you still have next year to look forward to. 

With 2017 marking the race’s 10th anniversary in Singapore, it’s only going to get bigger and better. So, mark your calendars from 22 September to 1 October and get the whole crew down. 

Tip: it might pay off to be a little kiasu (Singaporean slang for ‘competitive’) and grab tickets here before they run out. You’ll even enjoy jaw-dropping Super Early Bird discounts of up to 33 per cent off.  

Watch this space for further updates and highlights.