British rapper Stormzy headlined Friday night’s concert at this year’s Yasalam After-Race Concerts, as part of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021.

Stormzy at the Yasalam after-race concert

Stormzy took the stage on December 10 at Etihad Park, Yas Island. He joined multi-award-winning US pop star Khalid and two-time Brit Award-winning Scot Lewis Capaldi, who performed on December 9 and December 11 respectively, also at Etihad Park.

“I have been looking for this show for so long,” Stormzy said.

“It has been a long time since I have been on stage like this … let’s make this a great memory for us with dance, vibes and energy.”

Friday’s concert is only his third of the year and follows back-to-back shows at the Reading and Leeds music festivals in Britain.

With a DJ in the background and the venue brought to life with evocative lightning and high-tech visuals, Stormzy pounced on stage to the imperial-sounding horn blasts of opener Big Michael, a strident motivational anthem fit for these times.

Khalid was in tune with thousands of fans as he opened Yasalam After-Race Concerts-1639221132180

“I’m so happy to be in Abu Dhabi,” said Khalid who, dressed in an oversized blue shirt and matching patterned harem pants, took to the stage at Etihad Park to perform his top hits. The shadow of his silhouette on stage was welcomed with loud screams from the audience.

Khalid began by paying his popular track ‘8teen’ before performing another crowd favourite ‘twenty one’. His performance was accompanied by on-stage dancers, who provided a choreographed backdrop with every tune.

“Hi, Abu Dhabi,” said the artist in between sets. “It’s my first time in the UAE and I’m so happy to be here.”

“Thank you Abu Dhabi for so much love.”

The singer went on to perform ‘Hundred’ and ‘American Teen’.