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Singapore Grand Prix Returns — Along With The Podium Lounge's Parties

By Guan Tan

From left, Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Keith Duffy of Boyzone, Brian McFadden of Westlife, and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. All four will be performing at The Podium Lounge, an annual party thrown in conjunction with Formula 1 in Singapore.
 
The Podium Lounge
From left, Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Keith Duffy of Boyzone, Brian McFadden of Westlife, and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte. All four will be performing at The Podium Lounge, an annual party thrown in conjunction with Formula 1 in Singapore.

In a week's time, the Formula 1 weekend will descend upon Singapore. The roads will, once again, be barricaded. The floodlights will flicker on, and the city's architecture will reverberate from the roaring engines of the practice runs and parties. 

While there may be numerous parties happening concurrently, the stronghold of the weekend's entertainment is arguably The Podium Lounge, an annual party thrown at the grand ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton Singapore come every Grand Prix season. Similar Podium parties are thrown in Abu Dhabi, Melbourne and Monaco annually as well. 

This year marks The Podium Lounge's tenth year anniversary in Singapore, and the team has pulled together a three-day entertainment schedule, running from the practice days to race day. 

Some highlight sets and performances include Keith Duffy, the Irish singer-songwriter of the Irish band, Boyzone, and Brian McFadden of Westlife. Joel Madden, the lead vocalist of American band Good Charlotte will be turning up to present a set on Saturday evening. American rapper Jaime Luis Gomez, more commonly known as Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas, is expected to perform on race night. 

Peripheral activities will include fashion presentations by an American streetwear label christened EGO, founded by Strawn Teague Holmes, alongside another Los Angeles-based streetwear label, MTHEMOVEMENT. Party-goers can expect to revel in the presence of fine art, exhibited by local gallery Art Works, and a private collection of rare diamonds, displayed by local jewellers, Infiniti Jewels. An exquisite 40-carat flawless yellow diamond will be amongst the display. 

All that aside, a Formula 1 auction may pique the interests of ardent Grand Prix fans. This year, key pieces include a pair of race gloves signed by Lewis Hamilton, a full-sized replica Formula 1 helmet signed by German-born racer, Michael Schumacher, and a large flag signed by twenty champions — including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Jenson Button. 

The Podium LoungeA full-sized replica Formula 1 helmet signed by German-born racer, Michael Schumacher.
A full-sized replica Formula 1 helmet signed by German-born racer, Michael Schumacher.
The Podium LoungeA large flag signed by twenty World Champions — including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Jenson Button.
A large flag signed by twenty World Champions — including Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, and Jenson Button.

Fans might be keen to rub shoulders with the racers. In the previous years, the Spanish-born Fernando Alonso was spotted in The Podium Lounge, along with the German-born Nico Rosberg. The party is set to begin on the 14th September and runs through 16th September. 

Visit The Podium Lounge, 7 Raffles Avenue.