Don’t let your dreams be dreams. With just three chords and a “hey”, polarising EDM duo The Chainsmokers will headline this year’s 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Truly an inspiration for bedroom DJs everywhere.

Joining them as headliners at this year’s Singapore GP are pop princess Ariana Grande, folk/R&B singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas, Ryan Tedder’s band OneRepublic, and rising spoken word star George The Poet.

Other established big names include 80’s new wave/synthpop band Duran Duran and 90’s singer-songwriter Seal.

The Chainsmokers have come under fire for their questionable musicality. The American DJ/producer duo have been criticised for their mundane lyricism, basic song structure, and lack of originality in their discography.

A viral video made by American YouTuber John Fassold perfectly captures the flak that The Chainsmokers are receiving for their music, with random lyrics and a simple three-chord structure seemingly forming a typical song from the “Closer” hitmakers.

Music fans that Popspoken spoke to were divided on the 2017 Singapore GP lineup.

Darren Ching, 21, said that he’s “definitely excited” to catch The Chainsmokers live in Singapore.

“Even though the beats in their songs may sound similar, they’ll surely be able to bring the house down with the set they will be playing,” he said. “As long as Andrew Taggart doesn’t do a live rendition of ‘Closer’”.

Ng Gin Kee, 22, is looking forward to catching Ariana Grande and OneRepublic, who he thinks is a “feel good” band.

Speaking about The Chainsmokers, however, he thinks they are smart for “capitalising on their short-term success”.

Izzan Haziq bin Rosbe, 22, is considering buying tickets “only for Ariana”.

“I’m indifferent about The Chainsmokers. They make the music they like and have a lot of fans, so good for them I guess.”

The 2017 Singapore GP will be held over the weekend of 15 – 17 September 2017 around the area of City Hall and Marina Bay. Entertainment highlights will be held at the Padang Stage, the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, and a “Village Stage” exclusive to Zone 1 ticketholders only.

Early bird ticket sales have already begun and prices for walkabout tickets start at S$148 for single day entry (Friday). If you’re planning to catch as much of the concert lineup as possible, three-day walkabout tickets start at S$248.


Tickets for the 2017 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (15 to 17 September 2017) are available at, via the ticketing hotline +65 6738 6738 as well as all Singapore GP authorised agents.


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