Def Leppard, Kendrick Lamar, Dave & Swedish House Mafia to Headline 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Concerts

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix organisers have confirmed the final two headline acts performing at Yas Marina Circuit in 2022. Dave and Def Leppard complete the line-up, joining already announced Kendrick Lamar and Swedish House Mafia.

November 4 Update: 8-time Grammy award winner Usher has now been added to the lineup for the Yasalam concert on Thursday November 17.

The ever-popular Yasalam After-Race Concerts return at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with a stellar musical line up on each night of the race weekend. Taking place on November 17-20, Dave, Swedish House Mafia, Kendrick Lamar and Def Leppard are the confirmed headliners over the 2022 race weekend.

After hosting last year’s dramatic title decider between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is officially sold out, though Golden Circle ticket upgrades for the nightly concerts remain available.

Dave to headline on Thursday night

British rapper Dave will kick off the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix festivities on Thursday night. Regarded as one of the greatest rappers of his generation, Dave rose to fame in 2018 and has since picked up countless awards – from Ivor Novellos to the Album of the Year prize at the Brit Awards, plus the coveted Mercury Prize.

Swedish House Mafia performing on Friday

Swedish house music legends Swedish House Mafia will headline after the opening practice sessions at Yas Marina Circuit on Friday evening. The supergroup will perform a selection of their greatest hits, including Don’t You Worry Child, Save The World and Moth To A Flame.

This won’t be Swedish House Mafia’s first F1 appearance – they also performed at the Singapore Grand Prix back in 2019.

Kendrick Lamar headlines on Saturday

14-time Grammy award-winning artist Kendrick Lamar will take to the stage after qualifying on Saturday at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Having amassed critical acclaim since his 2012 debut release, Lamar released his latest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, in May 2022.

Def Leppard close out the weekend on Sunday

After the Formula 1 season comes to a close at Yas Marina Circuit on Sunday evening, rock legends Def Leppard will get the post-season party underway.

With 110 million records sold worldwide, Def Leppard, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, need little introduction. Expect a storming set full of their greatest hits – from Pour Some Sugar On Me to Animal and When Love and Hate Collide.

Who can attend the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix concerts?

Thursday evening’s Dave/Usher concert is accessible to all Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders and all 3-day ticket holders are eligible to attend every concert over the weekend. 2-day ticket holders can attend every concert with the exception of Swedish House Mafia on Friday night, while single-day ticket holders can attend the concert on the day of their ticket plus Thursday night’s Dave/Usher concert.

Where are the Yasalam concerts held?

The concerts are held at Etihad Park (previously called Du Arena), which is located right next to Yas Marina Circuit, between the North Grandstand and Ferrari World. It is not to be confused with the nearby Etihad Arena, a larger concert venue south of the circuit! Gates to the concerts open quite early, but the main headline acts generally don’t come on until around 21:00 and finish by around 23:00. Learn more about visiting the nightly concerts at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in our Yas Marina Circuit trackside guide.

Golden Circle upgrades now available

The Yasalam After-Race Concerts take place at the impressive Etihad Arena, located behind the North grandstand, close to Ferrari World. Tickets for all concerts is free-standing general admission access – but you can get closer to the action with Golden Circle ticket upgrades.

Golden Circle upgrades are now available for the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. These upgrades offer you access to the best vantage points for the weekend concerts. As well as the best seats in the house, you’ll also get fast-track entry to the arena plus access to dedicated beverage points. Upgrades are priced at €285 for all four days.

Learn more about visiting Yas Marina Circuit in our extensive 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix travel guide.

Header image: Ralph_PH, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

3 thoughts on “Def Leppard, Kendrick Lamar, Dave & Swedish House Mafia to Headline 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Concerts”

  1. Hi, do you know what time of year roughly the headliners are announced for the 4 day after-race concerts? We’re going to the Abu Dhabi race this year and wanted to know how soon it will be announced :) thank you

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