Amongst many celebrations, November spells F1 in Abu Dhabi or locally known as Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But more than the roaring engines, I am one of those who are more interested in after-race concerts. So we did a concert marathon again like last year (it was Kanye West, Linkin Park and Prince) the past week.
We strategically selected the North Grandstand tickets again since it’s nearest to Yas Arena (concert venue). That we can just do ober da bakod (over the fence) after the race. Well, it’s still steps/corner away but the best location if you intend to fly from the race circuit to the concert gate. We got the buy one, take one tickets by the way and for that I thank over and again a good friend for sourcing for us. I also can not thank the Universe enough because even if we got the regular F1 race tickets (which entitled the holder to after-race concert), we were given (on the day itself) VIP wristbands in the three consecutive nights musical affair. Yehey!
Months before the Abu Dhabi F1 organizers announced the line up of performers, there were speculations that Lady Gaga will do the opening night. But surmised that she is too liberated for the Emirate. Then it was finally hinted that Britney Spears will kick-off the after-race concerts when Abu Dhabi was announced to be part of her Femme Fatale Tour. Due to stretchable demand, the concert organizers floated tons of tickets raffled through online contests in order to give way to interested non-F1 ticket holders.
The organizers were more strict this year in terms of allowed cameras and video recorders. It pays to have an unassuming (should not look pro or semi-pro) yet good in low-light condition compact camera and my Flip video easily disguised as a camfone inside a sanitary pad (*inserts evil grin*).
Britney looked like a doll. Really charming that night especially if you were watching her up close. While I am not really a fan although we are of the same generation, the excitement of people personally known to me and the unknown was contagious. Just the reasonable extent of prepping up, I downloaded the setlist of Britney’s Femme Fatale Tour a week before the concert and was on my playlists till then.
Her wardrobe/outfit line up surprised me though. You would not expect she’d show much skin while in the UAE territory.
Gals and guy (that’s a singular, really, i.e. a bewildered teenager) were picked up from the crowd to dance with her. As you will see in below photo, the shocked-whuuuut-him-like-me forgot to click the shutter when Britney wrapped her legs around ‘that kid’, heehee, I feel so old and conservative. Heehee.
This part of the show reminded me of the ‘face dance’ featured in a Filipino talent search show.
I barely noticed that Britney was not that graceful because the ‘hairography’ worked for me especially that her back-up dancers were pleasing to the eyes. (Regardless, as the fanatics would say, “come on, she’s Britney!”) I think that for a moment or so, some of the concertgoers went all eyes to at least a couple of male and female back-ups. I’m sure you will notice in the photos.
I loved the old school cameras below! On the other hand, Britney’s skirt was epic because I thought she decided to get covered only to realize soon that it’s one of those ‘windy skirts’. Fun times. Enjoy the rest of the photos!
There goes the first of the three parts of the concern marathon which ended with a bang. Stay tuned for the entries re: Incubus and The Cultand Sir Paul McCartney (amazing Paul!).