The Singapore F1: Tips for Next Year

Each September, the Singapore F1 brings three days of adrenaline pumping racing and three nights of headlining music acts. Tickets go on sale way in advance (you can purchase super early bird tickets for next year now, in fact), so from two girls who just completed the circuit for 2015, here are our top tips to enjoying the Grand Prix.

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1.  Ticketing

The earlier you buy your tickets, the cheaper they will be. The catch is that the line up for the post-race concerts aren't announced until much closer to the event. Based on previous years (The Killers, Maroon 5, Katy Perry etc.), there can be some big names performing, so if you're suffering from #FOMO, the best thing to do is get a three day pass. If you think about it as three concerts, the prices are actually very reasonable!

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We waited until quite late in the game and ended up purchasing Bay Grandstand 3 day passes for SGD 268 per person. Another tip to keep in mind is that it is a good idea to get a group of friends together to buy in bulk - discounts are offered if you buy 4 or more tickets, and you'll save even more if you purchase 10 or more tickets in one transaction. 

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2.  Race Track Logistics

The best way to get to and from your F1 zone is by the public transport system (SMRT). During the race nights, the MRT stations are open later than usual (till 1.00am rather than 11.00pm), which is useful given the road blocks and lack of taxi stands close by.

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There are compulsory bag checks for entering the F1 zones. The good news is, there is a separate (often shorter) queue for those who are bag-less. There is also a restriction on bringing your own water bottles - you can only carry a 600mL bottle inside. Fortunately, there are plenty of food and beverage kiosks inside; unfortunately, all the kiosks accept cash only (although there are ATMs around) and the goods are (as expected) horribly overpriced.

singapore f1 2015

If you are planning on meeting up with friends at the event, my advice would be to meet up at the MRT station or somewhere else beforehand - trying to find someone inside Padang Stadium can be difficult with the noise levels, dim lighting and lack of landmarks (aside from some numbered balloons on the sidelines)! 

singapore f1 2015

In terms of wardrobe, even though the Padang Stadium is "tiled" with some sturdy plastic floor coverings (and stilettos are safe), we would highly recommend wearing comfortable shoes as you will be walking quite some distances around the racetrack.

singapore f1 2015
singapore f1 2015

Last but not least, there are plenty of toilets around but they are portaloos, unisex and can have lengthy queues. Peak times are just before the concerts start, so don't go then if you can help it. Also, we would suggest packing some wet wipes or hand sanitizer for hygiene purposes.

3.  The Music

This year's line-up consisted of Pharrell Williams on Friday, Maroon 5 on Saturday and Bon Jovi on Sunday.

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Pharrell was a lively entertainer, despite the fact that half the songs he sang were ones that he had produced and not ones that he actually sang himself (including the Milkshake song - which was somewhat disconcerting being sung by a guy!).

Despite the rave reviews about Maroon 5's live performances, Adam Levine was unfortunately rather off-key this time around. That was more than compensated by the fact that he ended up taking his shirt off, and sang and strummed the guitar in complete, half naked ease in spite of the sticky humidity of Singapore.

singapore f1 2015 adam levine maroon 5
singapore f1 2015 adam levine maroon 5

Bon Jovi was the most disappointing of the three, having only really had two great hits over the course of the last decade, and being unable to harness the enthusiasm of the crowd despite the post-race finals buoyancy.

singapore f1 2015 adam levine maroon 5

4.  The After Party

The "official" after party is at the Podium Lounge, at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia. For the three nights of F1 racing between 10pm and 4am, the Grand Ballroom of the hotel is transformed into a bar, lounge and dance floor. This year we attended the opening night, with the drawcard DJ being Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor from Game of Thrones). General admission was priced at SGD188 (pre-sale) or SGD218 at the door.

Otherwise, for a more casual night out where you can dance the night away, follow the throngs of party goers to Boat Quay. We had an awesome time at bq bar!

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xx Amanda & Carmen


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