Another F1 season draws to a close, and that means that another weekend of my life was spent at Yas Marina Circuit; enjoying a few beers, good company, fast cars (and the noise with them!), and after-race concerts.
This years line-up was:
Kylie Minogue – Friday
Nickelback – Saturday
Eminem – Sunday
I’ve seen Kylie Minogue in Dubai in concert before, and she’s not one of my top singers, so seeing her was only optional.
Nickelback – saw them too here in Dubai, but we decided that seeing them again won’t be so bad
Eminem, on the other hand…. he’s one of those performers I believe everyone should see. He’s got some amazing talent, and has done incredibly well for himself, and I don’t think he’s too bad a person (underneath all of the drug-related incidents, divorce, slander, being sued issues he faces). Oh yeah, and he’s got some serious hotness about him too! However, if given the option to go out and buy a ticket to watch a concert of HIS, I would probably say no. So with him being the headline act for the weekend, I was now rather excited about seeing him in person.
We went in a group of 5 which worked out really well for all fitting in one car. We had another friend who was meeting us there as he travelled at different times to us. So, all in all a friendly crowd of 6!
Friday was quiet – almost no problems getting a table and spending the day chilling in the beer garden. Our seats in the Marina Grand Stand were pretty good – I was surprised at how much of the track we could actually see! After the Practice Session, we headed down to the beer garden again for a bite to eat before heading across to the concert area for Kylie. We ended up staying for the whole concert which was reasonably enjoyable – although I was only able to get one friend to do the locomotion with me!!!!
Saturday morning was a bit tough to get out of bed, but everyone once again met at ours for delicious bacon and egg rolls and then we piled in the car and headed back down. Today was a busy day. By the time we got there – about 2:30pm – there were no tables available to sit at so we had to stand at a bench in the beer garden…. and the beer garden filled up so quickly, to a point where you could barely move. They eventually had to stop letting people in. But the Qualifying session took us up to our seats – and what an interesting Qualifying session it was! Vettel having problems with fuel and being made to start at the back of the podium for the race. This will be interesting! Just before the end of it I headed down to grab a table where we had some nibbles for dinner again and headed over to the concert area to watch Nickelback. They were really good! M thinks he enjoyed them more when we first saw them, but the concert was nevertheless enjoyable and they put on a good show.
Sunday. A day off work for us and today we headed down earlier than the other days – ensuring we’d get a table. We settled in and had a few good laughs as we’d done every day so far. We headed up to our seats at about 4:15pm to be in time for the UAE National Anthem, the flyover and then the start of the race at 5pm. It was a very eventful race! 3 safety cars! A bunch of bumper bashes, and some accidents always make for an exciting spectator race. We weren’t able to really see any of the action as none of them took place in front of us, but the screens provide replays. M was very happy that Vettel did not win!
The photos of the crashes (on the screens) are a bit out of focus because I was using my little point-and-click which does not like being zoomed in very much.
Once again I headed down to the beer garden just before the end of the race, grabbed a table and got stuck into some popcorn before the masses arrived. We all had a nibble for dinner and then headed over to the concert area for Eminem. We were all very excited to see him! Before Eminem came on stage there was a small “screening” stating that this was to be Eminem’s first concert in 5 years after a recent bit of time spent in rehab. So, we figured we were in for a real treat!!!
And get treated we did – the man is amazing!!!!! He played a fair bit of new stuff off his new album, , but even the songs that we had no clue about were great to listen to. I was a bit disappointed that it seemed like most of the stuff we did know was made into a few different melodies, but he certainly sang a fair number of hits and kept us entertained for almost 2 hours!
Next year – maybe a yacht???