Kendrick Lamar To Play Abu Dhabi F1

Hopefully he makes it this time

Kendrick Lamar To Play Abu Dhabi F1
Yaseen Dockrat

Kendrick Lamar has been announced as the latest headline act to play this year’s Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concerts, five years after he was first slated to perform there. While in 2017 Lamar pulled out due to personal reasons, we’re keeping everything crossed for a more successful outcome in 2022. It’s gona happen this time… just keep repeating that mantra to yourself and everything will be ok.

With 14 Grammys, high-fashion credits and even a Pulitzer Prize (for DAMN. in 2018), Lamar is the perfect superstar talent to play the Abu Dhabi F1 after-race concert, offering a pulling power perhaps missing in recent years. He will perform at Etihad Park on November 19, alongside the other, already confirmed, headline act Swedish House Mafia. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to announce that global superstar and music icon Kendrick Lamar will be entertaining what will be our biggest ever crowds on Saturday evening,” said Said Al Noaimi, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management. 

“Our weekend line-up of on-track and off-track entertainment is looking extremely strong, and with two more A-list global performers yet to be revealed, we are sure that we will again offer a fantastic weekend of sport and entertainment for our 14th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,” he added. 

Lamar, who hails from Compton, is lauded as one of the greatest rappers of his generation. His album good kid, m.A.A.d city received critical acclaim from critics worldwide.

Those lucky enough to score tickets can expect Lamar to perform several tracks from his major back catalogue, as well as material from his latest album, Mr Morale & The Big Steppers. The performance will be a must-see for hip-hop fans in the region

Organisers have revealed that while two of the two mega-star acts have been revealed so far, there are still two more that will be announced in the build-up to the event. From the way things are going, we can only be optimistic about the names to come. 

Tickets are available here, but if you can’t bring yourself to wait for The F1, then simply keep your Kendrick flame burning by re-watching his stellar performance of “Humble” at Glastonbury in June, below.