Here comes the F1 week

It’s that time of the year again, when the CBD roads close while MRT operating hours get extended, all to cater to the adrenaline-pumping, 12th edition of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. As expected, there’s an entire line-up of F1-inspired parties and events. But for those not into races and raves, check out art exhibitions and theatre productions also showing this week.

UK sensations The 1975 is back in Singapore this September to stage yet another concert at The Star Theatre. We’ll definitely be expecting songs off their new record, Notes On A Conditional FormSep 16

Universal Music Group is presenting its first-ever Music Is Universal at Zouk, which will see an evening of tunes by artists like up-and-coming American musician Jeremy Zucker, homegrown singer-songwriter Charlie Lim and London-based duo Oh Wonder. The event is by invite-only, so we hope you’re well-connected. Sep 17

Closing this year’s Music Matters Live is Zouk’s Liquid Nights which will return this year following a sold-out show last year. Alan Walker and R3hab will be headlining the show this year, so expect yet another sold-out show. Sep 18

Bringing a wild musical experience to Singapore is the Al McKay’s All Stars that was formed by the former guitarist of legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire after it went on hiatus in the 80s. Now, the All Stars will reunite the musicians in a show that’s the Al McKay’s Earth, Wind & Fire Experience. Catch this supergroup live in Singapore as they rock the stage at the Capitol Theatre. Sep 18

Glamourous Giving, a fashion and lifestyle sale organised by the jewellery brand Stones that Rock will return for its 12th edition, to feature 60 independent local brands, designers and boutiques selling their stocks at clearance prices in support of the Singapore Committee for UN Women. Sep 18-19

Here’s another ArtScience Late performance and exhibition. Head to the museum during the evening to find a provocative, mesmerising iteration of BlackKaji, which features a live performance and installation by Tokyo-based performers The Great, an experimental music set by local band The Observatory, as well as a live cinema performance by Oslo’s Greg Pope. Sep 19

Residencies Open is a showcase of discussions, performances, installations and works-in-progress by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Seize the rare opportunity to view the artworks and shows that profile the diversity of contemporary art practices around the globe as well as the ways in which artists work. Sep 19

If you’re a tenant, landlord or someone looking for potential housemates within the LGBTQ+ community, look to Prout’s Meet Your Next: Housemate, the first in a series organised by the app, to help members of the community live in a safe space. Enjoy dinner and wine, and pick up an exclusive customisable tote bag available at the event too. Sep 19

Watch a bachelorette party go all sorts of wrong at The Jugular Vein, the first theatre production by all-new local theatre company The Haque Collective. This is an interesting one that’s not to be missed. Sep 19-22

Get ready for a whole weekend of racing action at the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019, as well as musical entertainment from Swedish House Mafia, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Gwen Stefani, Fatboy Slim and so many more. Sep 20-22

Italian restaurant Monti is lining-up an all-encompassing range of events this September, and here’s another. To coincide with the F1 Grand Prix weekend, they are joining FOMO in putting on White Affair: A Dinner and Dance series, with a live screening of the race and DJs who will be deck duty too. Sep 20

Celebrate street culture with British fashion label Fred Perry as they take over independent art space Deck, for a night of music and style. Expect local alt-rock shoegaze band Coming Up Roses to take the stage as well as light nosh by graphic-designer-turned-chef, Gravy Baby. Sep 20

Get the F1 (day one) after-party started at Marquee as DJ Ruckus presents an exciting mix of hip-hop, electronic dance music and urban hits. This is only the beginning. Sep 20

Part of Ce La Vi’s Singapore Race Week parties is Singapore Race Week: Babey Drew (USA), where Grammy-winning Babey Drew will take the stage and the party to the next level. With his signature explosive mix of Electro, House and Dubstep, the Atlanta-based DJ is also the official tour DJ for Chris Brown and the Kardashian's go-to DJ. Sep 20

Find a feel-good revelry at Nineteen80 during the F1 weekend, with a major throwback party on Friday and Saturday that’ll remind you of days that were once filled by playtime with Hot Wheels. Sep 20-21

For two nights, the rooftop bar of Andaz Singapore will be transformed into an F1-themed carnival filled with pop-up bars offering unique drinks and DJs dishing out upbeat tunes all night. Feel free to get a table, or snuggle into one of their teepee huts for a cosy night out. Sep 20-21

After Liquid Nights, head back to Zouk for even larger-scale parties during the F1 weekend. Look forward to F1 Weekender—Garage and check out DJ Ghetto & D.Mon on Friday, then Dash Berlin frontman Jeffrey Sutorius’ gig on Saturday. Sep 20-21

During the F1 weekend, find a terrace promotion at Level33, which consists of free-flow drinks for $138. Get house-brewed beers, house wines and soft drinks from 6-10pm, and order up some nosh from their social menus to accompany those beverages too. Sep 20-22

Get an unobstructed view of the city and the Grand Prix night race from above, at 1-Altitude. The ninth edition of The Circuit will include fun, race-themed activities, tunes from international DJs, and beverages from the bar. Sep 20-22

Catch Sporty Spice Melanie C, Raleigh Ritchie (aka Grey Worm from Game of Thrones), Daniel Jones of Savage Garden and The Cuban Brothers at The Podium Lounge as they headline the lounge’s Grand Prix after-parties during the F1 weekend. The stars will be ready for their close-ups. Sep 20-22

Revel in a sultry affair at Lulu’s Lounge’s race weekend party, Va Va Vroom. Enjoy the sights and sounds while sipping on cocktails, or head over to neighbour club Bang Bang for electrifying beats that’ll keep you going all night long. Sep 20-22

For a little over a week, check out the Holding Space and Flat Out To Keep by two artists at the Objectifs—Centre for Photography and Film. In Holding Space artist Ngiap Heng Tan uses photography, found materials and interviews to shed light upon families dealing with heavy topics such as mortality, chronic illness and the fragility of life; while Flat Out To Keep focuses on artist Lau Eng Seng’s project of looking at the residents of now-demolished public housing estate Rochor Centre. Sep 20-29

Iberico pork gets its own menu here at The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s La Brasserie. For just over a week, indulge in rich-flavoured pork through dishes such as the Argentina Spice Crispy Fried Iberico Ribs, Tender Spice Braised Iberico Pork Cheek and Iberico Truffled Pork Cordon Bleu with Emmental Cheese. Sep 20-29