Baku City Circuit (BCC) announced today that multi-award winning, platinum selling British singing sensation, Sam Smith, will headline the Saturday night post-Qualifying concert at the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 on April 27th.
This year’s concerts will once again be staged at Baku’s famous Crystal Hall, following on from last year’s successful post-race celebrations at the stunning venue.
Smith came to the forefront after featuring on Disclosure’s 2012 breakout hit ‘Latch’ and went on to work with Naughty Boy on No.1 hit single ‘La La La’. At the beginning of 2014 he won the BRITS Critics’ Choice award and also topped the BBC Sound Poll that year, and since then has gone on to prove he is one of the biggest breakout UK male artist in recent years. During his career Sam has notched up seven UK No. 1 records to date including ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ – the first Bond theme to reach the position, gaining him a Guinness World Record. That same year saw him bring home four Grammy Awards, two BRITs and an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall).
Sam Smith’s debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ entered the charts at No.1 in the UK charts and No.2 on the US Billboard Top 200 in May 2014 and has gone on to sell over 15.8 million copies globally, breaking records in America as the highest first week sales for a UK male artist in the SoundScan era, as well as being the only artist in the world in 2014 to sell 1 million albums in both the UK and US.
November 2017 saw Sam return with his sophomore album ‘The Thrill Of It All’ which again debuted at No. 1 in the UK and also in the US, as well as topping charts across the world and has already sold over 4 million copies worldwide to date. “Dancing With a Stranger” is the first new music from Sam Smith in 2019 and follows his summer 2018 global hit with Calvin Harris, “Promises”, which spent 6 weeks at the top of the UK charts.
Sam has a formidable reputation as a live performer, selling out worldwide tours including an unforgettable two nights at the Staples Center in LA this summer.
To date, he has sold over 20 million albums and over 125 million singles worldwide. Indeed, his global popularity is further showcased by his massive social media following:
• Facebook: 6,110,505
• Twitter: 7,924,794
• Instagram: 11,708,490
• Youtube subs: 9,748,533
• Youtube views: 4,817,475,659
• Spotify monthly listeners: 40,777,522 (10th in the world)
• Spotify followers: 8,013,731
BCC’s Executive Director, Arif Rahimov, was thrilled to announce Sam Smith as the Saturday Headline Act: “We are so excited to have Sam Smith perform as our Saturday Night headliner at this year’s Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. He is a true artist and his beautiful, distinctive voice has captivated audiences across the world since he first came to global recognition. With his huge and dedicated fanbase in Azerbaijan, I am sure that his post-Qualifying concert will be one for the ages and another milestone event for our young race weekend. With that in mind, I am urging all F1 and music fans to come join us at the most epic racing and entertainment weekend of the year here in Baku.Make sure you get your tickets while you still can and come join us this April 26th – 28th!”
All ticket holders will have free access to the concerts. Transport will be provided to all fans for the short journey from Baku City Circuit to the Crystal Hall.
Fans with four-day tickets will additionally be able to enjoy an exclusive Pit Lane Walk on Thursday April 25th, while all ticket holders will get access to the drivers via daily Autograph Sessions and will also be entertained throughout the weekend via a series of entertainment activities located along the circuit’s vending zones situated along Baku’s stunning seaside boulevard.
For more information on how to purchase tickets and plan your stay in Baku for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 please visit: www.bakucitycircuit.com