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Prince rocks capacity crowd at Yas Arena

Prince rocked Abu Dhabi (Supplied)

By Staff

The final night of Yasalam 2010 was celebrated in true Abu Dhabi style as funk legend and soul superstar Prince took to the stage at Yas Arena on Sunday night, leading the ecstatic crowd of over 45,000 in chants of 'Oh Abu Dhabi' along with some of his classic hits for over two hours.

Die-hard Prince fans travelled from around the globe to see him perform as part of the official after-race concerts organised by the region's premier live events company, Flash Entertainment.  The seven-time Grammy Award winner was joined by Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, as he invited members of the audience on-stage to sing and dance along to hits from a career spanning three decades.

As the crowds left the arena with their pulses racing, Skybar at Flash Forum kept the party going until the early hours, with excited fans flocking to see an all-star lineup for the closing party with Pitbull, Alesha Dixon, Gary Pine and Vato Gonzalez.

"An Intimate Evening with Corinne Bailey Rae' provided a more relaxed, up-close and personal feel at Longitude Bar, Yas Hotel.  Rae's unmistakeable sounds drifted through the open air venue and got the audience singing along as she performed  her crowd favourites "Girl Put your Records On" and "Like A Star" as well as material from her latest album The Sea.

John Lickrish, Managing Director of Flash Entertainment said: "The atmosphere was electric in Yas Arena, and the anticipation palpable throughout the crowd. We all knew Prince would give a unique performance, but last night's after-race concert was something special for Abu Dhabi. Famed for his exuberant stage presence and astonishing vocal range, Prince is the perfect artist to celebrate the exciting end to the Formula 1 season.

"The after parties on Yas Island have been a great success as they kept the Island alive after the race. The legendary Skybar from Beirut has been a great addition to the entertainment in Abu Dhabi, and it's also been fantastic to entertain guests with another genre of music at the Intimate Evening's at Longitude Bar."

Sunday night's events ended a fantastic month of entertainment for the city of Abu Dhabi. From racing inspired art in The Art of Racing to motorsport flavoured entertainment and family fun in the F1 Fan ZoneTM to the free Beats on the Beach concerts on Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Yas Arena concerts, Yasalam 2010 has been a celebration like no other.

With concerts and entertainment planned every weekend for the next five weeks as part of Yas Island Show Weekends, the action in Abu Dhabi shows no signs of slowing down.