The 2024 Diriyah E-Prix is gearing up to be an unforgettable event, featuring the legendary American boy band Backstreet Boys, the revolutionary Egyptian rock band Cairokee, and the dynamic Dutch DJ Afrojack. This double-header race extravaganza, forming Rounds Two and Three of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, promises heart-pounding racing action and an incredible musical experience. Let’s delve into the details of this thrilling event and the remarkable lineup it boasts.
Backstreet Boys: Icons of the Music World
Backstreet Boys, the iconic American boy band, will take centre stage on Saturday, 27th January, to close out the Diriyah races. With chart-topping hits like ‘I Want It That Way,’ ‘Everybody,’ and ‘Incomplete,’ they have sold over 100 million records worldwide, solidifying their place as one of the best-selling music artists. Let’s look at what makes them the stars they are.
The Backstreet Boys’ Musical Journey
The Backstreet Boys, formed in 1993, have been a dominant force in the music industry for decades. Their harmonious vocals and catchy tunes have captured the hearts of fans worldwide. Their journey from humble beginnings to international superstardom is nothing short of remarkable.
Smash-Hit Singles That Defined an Era
The trio’s repertoire includes unforgettable classics that have become anthems of a generation. From the heartfelt ‘I Want It That Way’ to the energetic ‘Everybody,’ these songs resonate with fans of all ages.
Global Impact and Awards Galore
Backstreet Boys’ influence extends beyond record sales. They have earned numerous awards and accolades, including Grammy nominations, MTV Video Music Awards, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Cairokee: Egyptian Rock Revolutionaries
Cairokee, the Egyptian rock band known for their revolutionary musical tunes, will share the stage with Backstreet Boys. Their mesmerizing songs, such as “Layla,” “El Seka Shemal Fe Shemal,” and “Samurai,” promise an electrifying performance that embodies the spirit of change.
A Musical Revolution
Cairokee’s music goes beyond entertainment; it’s a voice for change. Their lyrics and melodies resonate with the Egyptian youth, reflecting their hopes, dreams, and aspirations.
The band’s discography is filled with anthems embraced by a generation seeking change. “Layla” has become an anthem for love and self-discovery.
Afrojack: The Dutch DJ Extraordinaire
Afrojack, the Dutch DJ sensation known for co-producing ‘Hey Mama’ with David Guetta, is set to light up the stage with electrifying tunes. His journey from a local DJ to a global sensation is a testament to his talent and dedication.
Rise to Global Prominence
Afrojack’s journey to international stardom is a story of relentless passion and hard work. His collaboration with David Guetta catapulted him to the top of the EDM scene.
His discography is studded with chart-toppers that have dominated dance floors worldwide. With hits like ‘Take Over Control’ and ‘Ten Feet Tall,’ Afrojack has solidified his position as a prominent global DJ.
An Entertainment Extravaganza: Diriyah Races’ Lineup
Backstreet Boys, Cairokee, and Afrojack are just a part of the star-studded entertainment lineup for the Diriyah races. The excitement extends to performances by OneRepublic, Nancy Ajram, and Alesso on Friday, 26th January. Carlo Boutagy, founder and CEO of CBX and promoter of the Diriyah E-Prix, emphasizes the importance of entertainment in the event.
The Race: Rounds 2 and 3
The Diriyah E-Prix races are not just about music; they are about high-octane racing action. Rounds 2 and 3 take place on a street circuit surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering one of the most picturesque locations on the Formula E calendar. These night races are a unique spectacle in the Formula E season.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Diriyah circuit’s backdrop is the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site, adding historical and cultural significance to the races. It’s a perfect blend of tradition and innovation.
Night Racing Thrills
The night races bring an extra layer of excitement, with the stunning illumination of the track and the cityscape creating a captivating atmosphere for drivers and spectators.
Allianz Fan Village: A Day of Family Fun
Before the races kick off at 8 pm AST, ticketholders can enjoy a full day of entertainment in the Allianz Fan Village. This family-friendly zone offers a wide range of activities for all ages.
Car enthusiasts can test their skills on racing simulators, getting a taste of what it’s like to navigate the challenging Diriyah circuit.
Live Music Performances
Live music adds to the festival atmosphere, ensuring excitement begins long before the racing action starts.
Street Food Delights
Foodies will be delighted with the diverse culinary offerings at the Fan Village, with a variety of delicious street food options to satisfy every palate.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030: Transforming Through Sports
The Diriyah E-Prix races are more than just entertainment; they reflect Saudi Arabia’s commitment to promoting sports and healthy living. The country’s Vision 2030 cultural transformation aims to inspire its people to lead active and healthy lives.
Saudi Arabia’s investments in grassroots infrastructure have paved the way for greater sports participation among the local population.
International Sporting Events
The country’s Ministry of Sport has actively sought to host international sporting events, from motorsport and football to tennis and boxing, showcasing its dedication to sports excellence.
The 2024 Diriyah E-Prix promises a spectacular blend of racing excitement and world-class musical performances. Backstreet Boys, Cairokee, and Afrojack will ignite the stage, making this event an unforgettable experience for attendees. Beyond the entertainment, it symbolizes Saudi Arabia’s dedication to sports and healthy living, aligning with its Vision 2030 transformation. Don’t miss out on this electrifying extravaganza, where music, racing, and culture collide in the heart of Diriyah. Grab your tickets and be a part of history!