Kris Fade’s Diary

Stars & Cars at the F1
ByKris FadeThursday , 14 November 2013
The team at Virgin Radio’s Mission Control at the F1
The team at Virgin Radio’s Mission Control at the F1
This Girl on Fire is here this week
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This Girl on Fire is here this week

I spent three days with the team at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and it was awesome! We were in the grandstands at Yas Marina Circuit, giving people Golden Circle tickets for the Jay Z, Depeche Mode and Muse concerts, and the response was overwhelming! I also headed to the shows to work with du Live, asking people in the crowd what they thought of the gigs. People said Jay Z was great and they didn’t even complain about the 15-minute power cut. But Jay did keep saying: “Whaddup Abu Dhabi Dubai!” We’ll forgive him for not knowing quite where he was, if only because it was pretty funny. 
Timbaland joined him on stage – apparently he wanted to redeem himself after his somewhat lousy performance at Dubai Music Week.
I also caught up with Akon before his gig at Cirque le Soir. He was cool and the show was amazing – he even cracked open a bottle of bubbly onstage and sprayed it over the crowd!
I chatted to driver Lewis Hamilton as well as driver-turned-pundit David Coulthard, who was on top of Burj Al Arab earlier in the week, spinning around in a race car. He said he was nervous and even said goodbye to his wife and kids before getting in, just in case!

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
If you’re heading to Alicia Keys’ Dubai gig on Friday, watch out for one of our lucky listeners. Someone will walk away with a million dirhams and we’re going to announce it live on stage!