Green Day, TLC, Suede, Marshmello, Westlife, The Black Eyed Peas and The Kid Laroi are the marquee names helming this year’s entertainment lineup of the Singapore Grand Prix. But there’s so much else happening that isn’t directly connected to the races, and so much of it is so much of the same.
So, here’s the antidote: Our picks of the most crucial, most immaculately buzzing, most attendance-and-attention-worthy events you should round up the troops for.
Get this: The Mandala Club brings Rae Sremmurd, Kelis, Rudimental, Armand van Helden, Louie Vega and Anané and Basement Jaxx together for one weekend at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. That’s a heady, body-blasting, genre-traversing feast of sounds from some of the most formidable party-starters to assemble on our shores.
For a transcendental VIP experience, one that unlocks access to future benefits, as well as a rooftop view of the race itself (exclusively for 250 holders), get in on the club’s inaugural NFT, the Mandala Genesis 250 Pass. Money can’t buy what’s in store for you here.
The Mandala Weekender happens from 30 September to 2 October at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets, $148 and $168, are available here.
The Penfolds Lounge
A beach bar in the middle of Orchard Road in the heat of Formula 1 frenzy? Yes, it’s happening.
For the first time ever, the Penfolds Lounge concept leaves Australia and lands in Singapore in the most buzzing, celebrity-bedecked, high octane time of the year. Inspired by the beach clubs of the tropics, the activation is unmissable: Pink parasols, deck chairs and plants adorn the walkway opposite The Heeren.
As for tipples, you’ll be very happy to know that the brand will unveil the Penfolds Max’s Rosé 2021, the latest addition to Penfolds’ portfolio of wines, that nods to former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert – and you can sample it exclusively here.
The Penfolds Lounge is open from now till October 2
The world’s most exclusive after-party takes its rep very seriously. Post-race, the waterfront jewel of the Fullerton Heritage district will be the site of the festivities where everything will be hyper-deluxe.
What that entails is: A senses-gratifying array of champagnes, cocktails, a VIP experience that will enrich and expand your idea of ‘hospitality’, ‘luxury’ and ‘glamour’ and musical accompaniment by future house gawd Oliver Heldens, Swedish House Mafia collaborator John Martin, progressive house stallion Michel Zitron (the voice you hear on Tiësto’s “Red Lights”) and rap legend Fatman Scoop.
Ticketing information can be found here.
The Auchentoshan Pop-up Bar
The bar is an important locus of any party, at least of the parties we’re frequently at. Very often, the bar decides where the party’s at and how what goes down goes down. This race season, Auchentoshan will unfurl its award-winning single malt splendour across a payload of five bespoke cocktails as well as tasting flights and exclusive bottles, right in front of Mandarin Gallery.
The aficionados amongst us should also take note that bottles of Auchentoshan 12 Year Old, Auchentoshan Three Wood, Auchentoshan 18 Year Old, and Auchentoshan 21 Year Old will be available for purchase.
From September 27-29, 6-9pm, visit the pop-up bar for highball cocktails made exclusively by the bartenders from one of our favourite bars, Sago House. Happy hour, wherein you can get four cocktails for the price of three, is from 5-8pm daily.
There’s also a photo booth on deck, which is a great incentive to party more.