March

07

Filarmoniya Grandstand Sold Out!

Baku City Circuit (BCC) is pleased to announce that tickets at the Filarmoniya Grandstand for the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 are now completely sold out with only 50 days left until the Street Fighters arrive back in Baku.

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

For more information, please, contact: media@bakugp.az or tcooney@thesmg.com

 

April

03

Sam Smith Confirmed as Saturday Night Headliner at the FORMULA 1 AZERBAIJAN GRAND PRIX 2019

Grammy & Academy Award Winning Popstar to Perform in Baku on April 27th

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

For more information, please, contact: media@bakugp.az or tcooney@thesmg.com

 

April

09

Baku City Sounds after-parties to keep the F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 celebrations going all weekend

New Official After-Parties to be Staged Nightly across the race weekend

Baku City Circuit (BCC) is delighted to announce the launch of Baku City Sounds – powered by Azerbaijan Airlines & Silk Way Group - the circuit’s Official After-Party, which will see a series of world class DJ’s entertain fans long into the night across the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019 weekend.

Taking place in the Elektra Events Hall – located right beside the Crystal Hall -  the official after party of the fastest street circuit in motorsport will see the likes of GeeGun and Mahmut Orhan, Robin Schulz as well as Lost Frequencies perform their incredible sets on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April respectively. In addition,  DJ Mendoza will also be hitting the decks as the venue’s resident DJ every night across the Grand Prix weekend.

Doors will open at 11pm each night and fans will be required to purchase a separate ticket to enter the Elektra Events Hall after parties - even if they are already attending the F1 race weekend. Tickets for each night are 55AZN (approx. US $30) and can be bought via www.iticket.az or at sales points located across the city.

GeeGun will get the first after party of the F1 weekend started on Friday 26th April. One of the most popular Russian pop-hip-hop artists performing today  and multiple Russian Music Awards winner, he recently collected the Golden Gramophone & Song of the Year gongs.

In May 2015, GeeGun released his third album "Your Choice" which included his hits "Nothing to Love with" and "Time to Weight Loss".

His fourth album “DZHIGA” followed in May 2016, which incuded his two hit records - “Melody” (feat. Jah Khalib) and “Till My Last Breath” (feat. Basta).

In April 2017, GeeGun released his single “Days and Nights”, which became a huge hit online, reaching the top of the national streaming charts. This paved the way for his next album, also named “Days and Nights”, which reached platinum status within a month. In September 2017, GeeGun recorded the hit “More Than Life” and produced the single’s video alongside his wife Oksana Samoilova.

In February 2018, he directed a video based on the hit “DNA” performed with hip-hop performer Artem Kacher. Within just a week the record gathered more than 10 million views and topped the Apple Music, iTunes BOOM and VK charts as well as all national charts.

Most recently in 2018, GeeGun won the Muz-TV 2018 Transformation Award for Best Hip-Hop Project.

He will be followed on Friday by the one and only Mahmut Orhan. His fresh combination of soulful deep house, groovy indie dance, and worldly elements from his own cultural experiences has landed him solidly amongst today’s most promising dance music artists. With the 2016 release of his hit track ‘Feel’ Orhan amassed 350 million views & his 2018 release ‘6 Days’ gained 150 million combined streams on YouTube and Spotify; received top-20 honors in both iTunes’ Dance and Global in close to two dozen countries; reached the #1 track in iTunes’ Dance and Main Charts in 11 countries and 5 territories respectively; and rose to #25 Worldwide on Shazam.

Saturday 27th April sees Robin Schulz bring his world renowned skills to the Elektra Hall stage. The German native has steadily made his way from a local insider to the nation’s “next big thing” and eventually to an internationally acclaimed mega star. At only 30 years of age, the producer and DJ has already established himself as the most successful German artist of the past two decades. He began playing smaller clubs as a DJ somewhere in rural Lower Saxony – his beloved home. Today, he knows the entire world: Las Vegas, New York, Tokyo.

In 2014, his internationally gold- and platinum-certified follow-up single “Prayer In C (feat. Lilly Wood & The Prick)” went straight to #1 on iTunes in 40 countries and topped the national singles charts in 17 countries. In total, the megahit conquered the iTunes charts in 92 countries and went top 25 in 68 countries. And that was just the beginning, as Schulz was the first-ever German artist to reach #1 of the global Shazam charts. Subsequently “Prayer In C” was officially named the “Summer Hit of 2014”. By now, “Prayer In C” is the most successful international hit of all times by any German artist. His current album “SUGAR“ is gold-certified in Germany and was yet another international smash hit, spawning several platinum-certified singles such as “Headlights (feat. Ilsey), “Sugar (feat. Francesco Yates)” and “Heatwave (feat. Akon)”. Today, Robin Schulz has sold a total of 7 million copies of his first two albums and various singles and generated over 2.5 billion streams.

The final afterparty of the weekend will be owned and operated by none other than Felix De Laet, better known by his moniker Lost Frequencies. In recent years the superstar DJ has soared to success in the international music industry on many levels. Releasing his global smash hit ‘Are You With Me’ back in 2014 and quickly cementing himself as a name to watch, the track rapidly ascended by hitting multi-platinum status and taking the #1 spot in 18 countries. Lost Frequencies then firmly established himself as one of the strongest, fastest rising talents with his debut entry into the 2017 DJ MAG poll at #26, the highest new entry of any artist that year, before he then surpassed this previous achievement by climbing up to #17 in 2018.

Solidifying himself further as a trailblazer in the scene, in 2018 Lost Frequencies amassed over 1 billion streams and ripped up the rule book on his tropical-infused official remixes on Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ’s ‘Cold Water’, Miley Cyrus’s ‘Malibu’ and LSD Labrinth / Diplo / Sia's 'Thunderclouds', showing that his unique electronic style can lend itself to multi-dimensional pop and still deliver an inimitable sound as the hits just keep on coming. 

BCC’s Head of Commercial, Bulent Ozerdim, was thrilled to launch the Baku City Sounds After Party: “We are thrilled to launch the Baku City Sounds After-Parties today as part of our jam-packed F1 weekend entertainment offering. With some of the most exciting and innovative performers in dance music today peforming in the Elektra Hall, the party will literally go all night here in Baku during the race weekend! My message to everyone is clear: make sure you get your Baku City Sound tickets while you still can, make the short leap across to the Elektra Hall and come party with us here in Baku this April 26th – 28th!”

For more information on how to purchase tickets for Baku City Sounds please visit www.iticket.az