WITH EVERY YEAR THAT PASSES, THE F1 WEEKEND IN BAHRAIN JUST KEEPS GETTING BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER; AND THE 2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX IS NO EXCEPTION. WITH TOP INTERNATIONAL PERFORMERS, FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES, AND ALL THE ADRENALINE – FULLED RACE ACTION, THE ENTIRE COUNTRY FROM BIC TO THE 5-STAR HOTELS AND PARTY HOTSPOTS IN TOWN, ALL HAVE SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY FOR VISITORS TO EXPERIENCE. FACT HAS ALL THE NEED TO KNOW INFO….
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The 2017 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX is going to be one amazing weekend this month. You’ll get all the usual on-track action PLUS the incredible happenings and activities going on at Bahrain International Circuit and beyond. Taking place from April 14 to 16 in Sakhir, the Bahrain Grand Prix will mark the third of 20 rounds on the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. It’ll be the first night race of the season, and the fourth year in a row that the world’s fastest single-seaters will be shining in the Sakhir desert under BIC’s brilliant floodlighting system. At the announcement of the exciting details of the annual event, BIC’s Commercial Director, Sherif Al Mahdy, said: “Following the tremendous success of the Bahrain Grand Prix the past few years, we at BIC are inspired to once again deliver one of the best packages combining motorsport and entertainment on the Formula 1 World Championship. “We have had an excellent response to our Early Bird discount and tickets continue to sell fast. We look forward to welcoming you all to ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’ for a most wonderful and memorable experience,” he added.
Probably one of the most thrilling and original ideas to be part of the Bahrain Grand Prix this year is the official song “3eshha Weyana” – a first for the Kingdom’s race. You may have heard it on the radio and seen it pop up on your social media feed – it’s been getting everyone hyped up for the race weekend. Performed by rap duo Daffy and Flipperachi, asking us if we’re ready for the party – the answer is, YES WE ARE!
A wide array of international roaming acts will be keeping the F1 crowds energised all weekend!
Dino & Ice Age Tent
Living Dinosaurs: Journey into the past and live the Jurassic era. A spectacular animatronic life-like exhibit, you’ll witness a display of 24 dinosaurs and 10 Ice Age animals, including the famous T-Rex.
The dinosaurs puppets combine a unique blend of puppetry, live music, comedy, and heartwarming themes, to deliver a fun filled interactive show for the whole family. The two dinosaur puppets (Bronto & Dino) play live African drums, and interact with the audience through songs, dances, and special comedy segments. The show also features breathtaking acts of special guests, and positive messages about environment and getting along with each other.
Time Travel Photo:
Full Frame, one of the premiere green screen experience companies in Europe, will be transporting you into the world of Dinosaurs and Ice Age adventures. Their green screen photographers are unique in providing studio quality green screen photos instantly, letting you take home a memoir after your visit.
Pedal Punk: Cirque Mechanics established itself as a premiere American circus, with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging. Cirque Mechanics, although inspired by modern circus, finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. The stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around. Now, you get to witness the spectacle up close!
Haunted Mansion: Get your spook on! This is a massive maze space filled with zombies, ghosts and other creatures that will give you chills and excitement. Welcome to the world of mystical creatures and characters that will send you to the edge and give you a reason to scream – be prepared. The Haunted Mansion is designed for those aged 12 and above.
High Dive: High Dive Group will deliver an electrifying, nervewracking, jaw-dropping, and absolutely mind-blowing act. Not only do they dive from high platforms while twisting, turning, and tumbling into the water, they do it two, three, and four at a time, whilst using flames, hula hoops, and hi-jinks, giving the audience the thrill of a good show.
Flight Crew Jump Rope: Semi-finalists on 2014’s America’s Got Talent, Flight Crew Jump Rope is a professional jump rope team made up of the greatest jumpers in the United States. They travel all over the world performing their high-energy jump rope act, training athletes, and sharing their passion for health and fitness. The performance combines their world-class precision jump rope moves with upbeat music, modern dance, high-flying acrobatics, tons of energy and a whole lot of fun.
Sign Spinners: Get ready to be caught off-guard and be impressed by this specialist duo who have been at the forefront of entertainment sign spinning for over six years. They’ve been involved in many marketing campaigns, events and launches, some of which include Shell, Nokia, Toyota and New Balance, just to name a few. Their speciality is being able to create a buzz and to catch the attention of guests, spontaneously.
Ballerinas: Hailing from Italy and the Netherlands, this group of professional dancers and performers bring the wondrous world of ballet to life. The Ballerinas will hypnotise with their elegant turns and pirouettes as their beautiful and colorful skirts move spectacularly in motion, synchronously to the sound of music. Their romantic show on stilts will leave audiences in awe.
Flowers Parade: A Flowers Parade will showcase dancers in vibrant costumes, grooving to the rhythm of samba and Caribbean music. They are experts in creating their own massive and huge costumes, and they’ve been awarded internationally, for their colourfully detailed and amazing costumes and choreography.
Crazy Clowns: Crazy Clowns are a group of funny, gentle giants who are a mega hit with kids wherever they perform. They have an intuitive charm that attracts the audience, making both little ones and grown-ups smile. Their dance moves are awesome and they still remain one of the most sought-after entertainers in the world.
Senmaru & Yuki: From The Land of the Rising sun, Senmaru and Yuki, have been performing as professional entertainment artists of Edo-Daikagura since 1998. They have perfected the techniques from the 13th master of this old traditional performing art. Edo- Daikagura has 400 years of history dating back to Japanese ancient culture and mastery. Daikagura is a very sacred and serious art performance and makes for extraordinary entertainment.
Circo di Strada: Circo di Strada is an amazing circus, with acrobatic and varied theatrical street performers all the way from Holland. They offer a unique combination of live music with multiple circus elements such as stilt walking, juggling, uni-cycling and much more. Their performance creates a fun interaction with their audience and is suitable for all ages to enjoy.
Triumfo: Tall, huge, colourful, friendly roaming giants that will charm and entertain all ages. These vivacious stilt-walkers will be taking you on a grand adventure with an arsenal of multiple, quirky costumes. Originally from Russia, they’ve been performing at various festivals all over the world, and consistently deliver awe-inspiring displays of colour, leading the crowd into cheer.
World Parade Circus: Standing out with their mesmerising costumes, World Parade Circus from Nice, France, has more than 10 years of experience, conquering all of Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. They’re a superb spectacle parade of the great circus. Founded in 2006, their huge vibrant wagon will roam the crowds, filled with clowns, jugglers, acrobats, special effects and automations that will surely bring onlookers into a frenzy. A truly unique and surprising parade that will enchant everyone!
Kids’ Zone Outdoor Workshops
From a magic duo to a drumming puppet, balloon twisting, face painting, playdough city, an imagination playground and so much more – here are just a few highlights for the younger visitors to check out:
Dance Dollz: This interactive show is always a hit with audiences of all ages, creating lasting memories that will never be forgotten, by bringing colour, fun and storytelling through song and dance, encouraging the children to express themselves through interaction.Suitable for children aged two to six.
The Balloon Rocket Car Race: At this station, children have the opportunity to exercise their own car racing skills in a unique, fun environment. This station facilitates learning through play as well as piquing curiosity in engineering, math and science related fields. Facilitators will guide children through the appropriate steps of attaching the balloon and straw to their car, then each child will blow up the balloon attached to the car and watch it race on its own using balloon power!
The Dancing Grannies: You might recognize them from a viral video or two, and these grannies aren’t your typical old ladies. The Dancing Grannies group is a comedy theatre company based in the Black Country area of the UK. Their wacky comedy dances, involving traditional Bhangra and modern routines, have captured the attention of audiences around the world, in places such as Italy, Spain and India.
Time Quest: This interactive performance tells the story of Liv, a time-travelling SPY from the future, who has travelled back to 2017 to save her city from an alien invasion! While here, she must recruit and train a team of spies to help her stop the aliens in their tracks! This incredible new team of spies must put their heads together to reconstruct the Time Machine (Imagination Playground), build up the Balloon Power (balloon rocket race cars), and save the (Playdough) city!
Sensory Zone: The big, colourful parachute is one of the favourite props to use for the younger crowd! Parachute Play encourages social interaction, working as a team, developing language, rhythm, and practicing taking turns.
Bubble Workshop: This highly anticipated interactive activity will allow children to create their own bubbles. Using kid-friendly tools, the instructors will teach the children how to properly form the most perfect bubbles! Kids will also learn how to use different tools to master the tricks of forming assorted sizes and shapes of bubbles.
Badge Caricaturist: With a combined experience of more than 60 years, Simon and Sheba Cassini of Bitter & Twisted have been caricaturing and have drawn literally hundreds of thousands of people. Their works are so intricate and popular amongst kids and families. Creative Caricature focuses on details; Big noses? Crazy hair? Wonky eyes? They will draw it all!
Bubble Show: An amazing Bubble Show for all ages! In this Bubble Fiesta exhibition, the crowd will witness various bubble tricks in every form and size by Dr. Bubbles who creates giant bubbles in all shapes to the delights of everyone.
Group Drumming – Mumbo Drum Beats: Join the fun as kids discover the rhythms and rhymes of each drum beat. Brace yourselves for a high-energy, action-packed drumming workshop for children. This funky interactive show combines drumming, singing and dancing and is terrific for developing skills, with each child being given a drum to play for the duration of the show.
Magic Show: Gary James and Ricky McLeod are part of an award-winning professional family of entertainers from Scotland. They have amazed and amused audiences of all ages throughout the UK and international arena with their fast– paced, action-packed comedy magical entertainment and vow to do the same in Bahrain.
Drumming Puppet: The Drumming Puppet is one of the most ground breaking entertainers having played at international festivals in Europe including the Edinburgh Fringe and Glastonbury Festivals. He will now travel to Bahrain in a bid to engage his young audience with a show of real crowd-pleasing music.
Balloon Twister: Pop the Balloon Man is a multi-award winning magician and balloon artist from Scotland. He is now a veteran of the Bahrain Formula 1, having performed here for the last four years. Don’t be fooled – his work is just as incredible to adults as it is to children! His incredible skills with a couple balloons and a balloon pump never fail to amaze, and will give everyone something to take home.
DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s path from celebrated DJs to dominating the electronic music scene has been a constant, upward trajectory. They’ve been wreaking havoc and ripping up the music charts with immense studio releases cutting huge remixes for the A-list elite or playing their part in the incredible rise of the Belgian mega-festival Tomorrowland, and now the dup is headed to Bahrain. In 2016, the superstar DJs were ranked the number #1 act in the entire world by DJ Mag, higher than Afrojack, Avicii and Axwell-Ingrosso who have all performed in Bahrain. These are two of the most popular DJs in the world today. Their addition continues the BIC tradition of signing only the very best artists for the annual Formula 1 spectacle.
KLINGANDE is a champion of the melodic house music genre. He completes an all-star cast of superstar DJs that BIC has signed up to perform on the Friday night of the F1 weekend. Klingande has been breathing new life into the electronic music world with his impeccable productions and uplifting sound, cementing his reputation as one of the most refreshing and original producers around today. Over the past year, Klingande has been working on his live tour where he brings out musicians playing the guitar, violin, drums and saxophone – creating a truly immersive live experience..
MATTIN Famous for her blend of underground and main stage appeal, Mattin lends her skills perfectly to a wide array of events, from Privilege and Amnesia in Ibiza, exclusive venues such as VIP Room in St Tropez, though to the legends of dance music that are Tomorrowland and TomorrowWorld. She’ll be kicking off the concert nights down at BIC!
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS He’s one of the world’s biggest Latin recording artists and he’s signed on to be the headlining performer at this year’s Formula 1 extravaganza. Enrique Iglesias will get hearts racing when the Grammy awardwinning singer, songwriter, actor and record producer takes to the stage on Saturday, April 15. The 41-yearold has been celebrated with just about every award an artist can receive, including multiple Grammys, Billboard Awards, World Music Awards, American Music Awards, and many more totalling over 200. Some of his biggest hits include Hero, Bailamos, Be With You, Escape and Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You), to name just a few. The Saturday mega concert will follow the Formula 1 Qualifying race. All those with tickets to the Bahrain Grand Prix will be able to enjoy the outstanding performance in the evening!
STEVE AOKI is an electronic dance music superstar who has collaborated with major artists such as Linkin Park, will.i.am, Afrojack, LMFAO, Iggy Azalea and Lil Jon, to name but a few. Aoki was ranked Best DJ in America by DJ Times in 2015, and until today continues to rock the airwaves with his hugely popular tracks. The American is one of the headlining performers at this year’s Formula 1 weekend on Saturday, April 15, which will be part of the Bahrain Grand Prix After-Party at BIC. All those with tickets to the Bahrain Grand Prix will get to revel in the concert atmosphere.
Lean Back With Fat Joe @ Klub360
Back in 2004, the radio and every party you went to was spinning one tune that had EVERY single person up on their feet – Terror Squad’s Lean Back – and the man at the helm of this now iconic rap song is coming to Bahrain for F1 weekend. Get ready for Fat Joe up close as he takes you back down memory lane to the good ol’ days or hip hop and rap. Joseph Antonio Cartagena, p.k.a. Fat Joe, is one of rap music’s most influential artists. He was born and raised in the South Bronx area of New York City by parents of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. Growing up he was constantly influenced by his family’s diverse passion for music and surroundings. Fat Joe explained how powerfully impacted he was by expressing, “Latinos before us who had the opportunity to do it just didn’t know how to do it. They came in trying to do this black music, waving flags, but we’re trying to kick in the doors for other Latinos and represent our people, and it shows.” Under Relativity Records, Joe released his full-length debut, Represent, in 1993. Immediately, it catapulted the single, Flow Joe that soared to the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Rap Singles chart. Two years later, he produced his sophomore effort, Jealous One’s Envy – the album peaked at number #7 on the Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums. Fat Joe changed record labels by signing on with Atlantic Records and created his own imprint – Terror Squad Records.
In 1998, Joe released his RIAA certified platinum third album, Don Cartagena. His fourth album (2001) featured a star-studded troupe of Ashanti, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Petey Pablo, Ludacris, R. Kelly and others alongside artists from his Terror Squad label – it produced the international hit What’s Luv? (remember this club banger?!). In 2004 Fat Joe released the debut Terror Squad album True Story which spawned one the most played Rap Records of 2004 in Lean Back. In 2007, he was featured on DJ Khaled’s singles, We Takin’ Over and the remix to Khaled’s I’m So Hood, and on the International anthem All I Do Is Win. In 2012, Fat Joe released The Darkside Volume 2, which ushered in his chart-topping R&B hit Another Round featuring Chris Brown. Recently, the world-famous rapper released his biggest record to date with Remy Ma and French Montana called All The Way Up which has hit Top 40 in five weeks and led to four different remixes including one with Jay Z – the first time in 20 years that the two artists have featured on a project together.
GO: Fat Joe will perform at KLUB360, Elite Crystal Hotel on F1 Weekend. Call 3312 9704 or go to www.klub360.com for more information on event dates and ticket prices.
F1 Happenings Around Town
Coral Bay Known for throwing mega parties during F1 weekend, Coral Bay is going all out for 2017 with perfect combination of entertainment. They’ll kick off the Grand Prix weekend with the opening party Shifting Gears, on April 13. DJ and music producer Markus Schulz will be taking to the decks, loaded with records to make sure he gets the crowd hyped up and ready for a thrilling few days. On the second night, April 14, one of the first ever superstar DJs comes to Bahrain – the one and only David Morales. He’s an internationally acclaimed Grammy-winning American house music DJ and producer who has remixed and produced over 500 releases for artists including Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Pet Shop Boys, U2, Whitney Houston, and Jamiroqua to name but a few. Morales was nominated for his first Grammy Award in 1996 as a Producer on Mariah Carey’s album Daydream for the song Fantasy. He was nominated again the following year and ultimately winning the 1998 Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year. He’ll be putting his versatile style in the driver’s seat as he drives the F1 crowd wild!
GO: Call 1731 2700 for more information
Meisei This F1 weekend is set to be unforgettable as Meisei brings you not one, but two nights of live international entertainment! UK-based super-brand Hed Kandi is coming to Bahrain for one night only on April 13, for a glam night to start the Grand Prix weekend in style, on the panoramic rooftop. Official Hed Kandi artists never disappoint, and travel all around the world playing in arenas, clubs and beach fronts with the mainstream Hed Kandi vibe that made the brand famous in its home town of London. Featured musician at Meisei is Irish DJ Ebhlín (pronounced Evelyn) – influenced by sounds from days spent sneaking into her mother’s nightclub, her obsession for dance music grew rapidly, and she pursued her passion full time. Her turntable finesse was spotted by Hed Kandi, and she has since become an active international DJ, going from strength to strength. For the event a BD15 entrance charge applies to gentleman only.
Diners with table reservations get free entry to the rooftop event. On April 14, get turnt with Khaled Hussain; he became famous on the global dj scene with his mega hit You & I, with Yassin Ft the vocalist Hala, and the big-room anthem Lose Control on the world-renowned label Pacha recordings. Khaled has played alongside some of the world’s finest DJ talent such as John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Judge Jules, Steve Lawler, Sander Kleinenberg, Satoshi Tommie, Sonique, and Chus & Ceballos, and alongside his partner in crime Yassin who is also a popular House DJ/Producer in the Middle East. Now, they’re ready to take the Meisei crowd to new party heights! Entrance charge of BD10 for this event applies to gentlemen only. Diners with table reservations get free entry to the rooftop event.
GO: Call 1700 7770 for more information.
F1 Weekend Fun
Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay: Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck is back in town! Join him for a traditional American BBQ and a cutting-edge Friday Brunch during the F1 weekend. On April 14, make CUT by Wolfgang Puck your choice of venue for Friday Brunch and indulge in a wide variety of delicious homemade comfort food with Chef Wolfgang Puck himself at hand to enjoy the festivities. Served from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, priced at BD24++ per person, including soft beverages and BD34++ per person with premium drinks. On April 15, spend your Saturday evening at a traditional American BBQ party on the lawn, with the celebrity chef himself. Savour an array of special grilled meats and seafood, while you enjoy the twinkling lights of the Manama skyline and a live DJ playing lounge tunes to set the mood. From 8pm, priced at BD69++ per person including food and beverages. That’s not all! The hotel’s stunning Azure Pool & Lounge will host it’s annual Formula 1 Party on April 14 from 9pm to 2am with an amazing international DJ dance show. Entry is BD50 for outside guests which includes two drinks; BD25 hotel and dinner guests which includes two drinks; VIP tables and private cabanas start from BD400 per table of six people with one bottle of premium drink or BD700 per private cabana with two bottles of premium drink with mixers included.
Call 1711 5044 or 1711 5500 for more information.
Downtown Rotana: The central Manama hotel will be hosting a Grand Prix themed BBQ pool party on April 13 from 7pm until late at Sundeck Pool Bar by the pool on the 9th floor. The amazing F1-themed atmosphere will surround you with a recreated ambience that will captivate your sight with a look and feel of a race track. Enjoy delicious mouth-watering meals straight from the grill throughout the evening. Whether you’re enjoying the chilled ambience, the live performance, the refreshing drinks or dancing away, you’ll be entertained all night. Entrance fee is BD10 net per person including two selected beverages.
Call 1311 9999 for more information
Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa: Kick start your F1 weekend on April 12 with a very special ladies night at Tapas Bar. Enjoy the waterfront setting and lounge atmosphere as ladies get unlimited free selected beverages from 8pm to 12midnight. Definitely one for the you and your bffs to make the most of!
Call 1763 6363 for more information.
Trader Vic’s: Celebrate the F1 weekend Polynesian style with the Waikiki Hawaiin Brunch on April 15, 1pm to 4pm. Enjoy innovative twists on Trader Vic’s classics. The Waikiki menu is all homemade from the many unique buffet stations to the chefs’ made-to-order creations including Loco Moco, succulent Ahi Poké and the freshest island greens. Finish with a delicious island-influenced dessert, like the Bahia Crumble, or Hot Mai Tai pudding. With a stunning paradise backdrop as you indulge, this place ticks all the boxes. BD18.5++ for food and soft drinks and BD24.5++ for food and selected beverages.
Call 1758 6555 for more information.