The three-day adrenaline-fuelled weekend kicks off on Friday 16 September with Award-Winning British Pop Goddess Sophie Ellis-Bextor and closes with ‘American Boy’ songstress and Grammy Winner Estelle !
High-Octane Live Performances Each Night
The Spectacular Opening Party on Friday 16 September welcomes British Superstars Me & Mrs Jones, with pop sensation Sophie Ellis-Bextor on vocals and Richard Jones supporting on the decks. Sophie’s chart topping singles include dancefloor favourites Murder On The Dancefloor, Groovjet (If This Ain’t Love) and Take Me Home and will be accompanied by her husband Richard; the bass guitarist of British rock band The Feeling.
Back by popular demand Mark Doyle (the creator of HED KANDI) and the Fierce Angel Collective will return to deliver another rousing performance on Saturday 17 September with live entertainment including ‘Fierce Diva’ Soraya Vivian (vocals), London’s most sought-after celebrity saxophonist Emma Frampton and Cuban percussionist Pablo Calzado on the drums. On Race Night, Sunday 20 September, Grammy Award winning singer Estelle will be turbo-boosting the highoctane party celebrations. The British hip-hop/soul sensation’s mega hit ‘American Boy’ with Kanye West hit #1 in the UK Charts and she’s had enormous success collaborating with David Guetta on ‘One Love’ as well as with John Legend, Robin Thicke, Rick Ross, Chris Brown and will.i.am.
Champers and Glamour
The nightly Fashion Circuit by ZENCHI will take place with international models across an iconic skywalk, which is being custom built in collaboration with Grey Goose and will hover over Singapore’s longest pop-up island bar. From the pit lane to the catwalk the excitement continues as the critically acclaimed Singapore label takes to the runway. ZENCHI is a critically acclaimed Singapore label famed for dressing supermodel Naomi Campbell, global celebrities such as Fann Wong and Singapore entertainment and style icons Zoe Tay and Kit Chan.
It is going to be a champagne popping ruckus with The MUMM Party Squad, with daring showcases brought to you by G.H. MUMM! Recreating the experience of the ‘Tron Legacy’ film with a fusion of technology and stilt walkers, a Tron man shooting laser lights and creating surreal visual effects alongside an astronaut firing off his CO2 gun into the crowd. Guests can also look forward to The Podium Lounge’s Grid Girl performers and an aerial acrobatic display with silks and hoops plus roving entertainment up close and personal by the VIP Tables.
Celebrity Party Haven
Nestled within the race-tracks and situated within walking distance of the F1 Pit Building, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is a party-haven for celebrities. The Podium Lounge attracts celebrities such as Gordon Ramsey, Kim Kardashian, Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor from Game of Thrones), Princess Charlene of Monaco, Michel Adam (Founder of Fashion TV), Bobby Chinn, Sky Blu (LMFAO), Rudimental, Stephane Pompougnac, Nadia Ali, Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro, Sander Kleinenberg, Andreas Villas Boas, Brian Kelleher, Diego Maradona and several Miss Universes attending alongside F1® Racing Legends including Sir Jackie Stewart, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Jordan, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert, Rubens Barrichello, Alex Yoong, Nico Rosberg, Sebastien Buemi, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.
Paradise at The Podium Lounge
The Bawah Island VIP Lounge within The Podium Lounge and right besides Formula 1’s VIP Gate 10 will be the place to spot and mingle with the drivers and stars of the racing community each night. For the 1st time Bawah Private Island, an ultra exclusive private island, just 2 hours from Singapore by seaplane will be revealed in Singapore ahead of their opening in March 2017. Guests of the Podium Lounge will get to experience a unique taste of Bawah Private Island here.
Art takes Centrestage
The Podium Lounge is thrilled to be hosting an exhibition by acclaimed artist Kumari Nahappan featuring a combination of her famed paintings and sculptures. Known for her iconic sculptures in landmark locations across Singapore including Saga for Changi Airport, Nutmeg & Mace for the ION Orchardmand Pembungaan for OUE Bayfront (the largest bronze mural in Singapore at over 45m). Kumari’s works have been exhibited at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Singapore Art Museum, Seoul Art Centre in Korea, Museum Rudana in Indonesia as well as in gallery exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, London, Italy, New York, Australia, Hong Kong and China. Kumari Nahappan will be joined by world famous speed painter Armin Flossdorf of F1 Arts who will also be performing at The Podium Lounge throughout the weekend. Having started off in Monaco, Armin’s first “Formula One® – Fanatic Location” exhibition ten years ago led him to specialize in Formula 1® Art using his eye-catching technique of combining acrylics and pencil on canvas. Armin has exhibited at the very highest levels of motorsport events around the world.
Podium Lounge Auction for Charity
Charity is now deeply entrenched in The Podium Lounge weekend and this year will see a series of live auctions of authenticated and exceptionally rare F1® memorabilia with all proceeds going to charity. Some outstanding items include: a signed replica racing F1® helmet signed by three-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, a fullsize Red Bull Racing Suit signed by Sebastian Vettel, multiple time Formula 1 World Champion, a Michael Schumacher signed F1® racing glove framed with a custom matboard of the most successful driver in Formula 1 history, a signed copy of famed Italian racecar driver, Enzo Ferrari’s eponymous book, a cap signed by the legendary Niki Lauda framed on a custom matboard and much more.
The Podium Lounge Team Following a partnership struck between The Podium Lounge’s Chief Executive Officer & Founder Robbie Hoyes-Cock and Steve Yallop, formerly with Singapore’s luxurious ultra-lounge Pangaea, at The Podium Lounge in 2013, the Singapore based company has since expanded to the du Forum in Abu Dhabi, Ms. Collins in Melbourne and Zelo’s at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. The Podium Lounge’s first international foray was in Abu Dhabi in November 2013 where Infiniti Red Bull Racing chose The Podium Lounge as the venue for their celebration of Sebastian Vettel’s fourth consecutive Formula 1® World Driver’s Championship and victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.