Singapore, 23 September 2019 – In spite of years of rivalry and competition, Liverpool Red John Arne Riise and Manchester Red Ronny Johnsen were nothing short of smiles and banter at the Battle of the Reds pre-match press conference with Singapore Red Aleksandar Duric earlier this afternoon. Organised by Masters Football Asia, the Battle of the Reds will see Liverpool, Manchester and Singapore Reds take on each other in three 40-minute roundrobin matches at the National Stadium on 16 November.

Said former Liverpool left-wing John Arne Riise, “We respect each other. Ronny and I have been travelling together for a week, and I’m happy that I’m going home so I’ll won’t have to see him for a while! But yes, we have fun together,  we meet up, we have dinners and stuff, as soon as we go into the dressing room, there’s no ‘friends’ anymore. It’s all about winning and my target is to take Ronny, you know. Yes, that’s what I’m aiming for.”

“As John said, it’s going to be competitive every time. Of course, with Liverpool, you know, everything goes out of  the window other than winning the game. We need to keep that flag flying high. It’s one of those moments to play Liverpool. It’s always going to be the same so, I’m looking forward to it,” said Ronny Johnsen in response.

More names have also been added to the line-up for all three teams. Those of which include Paul Walsh, Luis Garcia, Vladimir Smicer from Liverpool, Lee Martin, Jesper Olsen, Danny Webber from Manchester, and Aide Iskandar, Lionel  Lewis and Alam Shah amongst others. More names will be announced closer to date. The teams previously matched up during the Masters Football Asia series in 2015 when Liverpool previously clinched the win against Manchester United with a final score of 2-0, with goals by Luis Garcia and Hamann.

“It’s a really good line-up this year and always great to have these big teams in Singapore. Back in 2017, we had a
good fight, so I’m definitely looking forward to the games. So many of the Singapore Reds players are supporters of
the two teams coming in November so the dressing room will definitely be interesting, but of course when we come
out, we will want to play well and enjoy the game,” added Aleksandar Duric.

Masters Football Asia Director, Ian Holahan, “We would like to thank the sponsors for making this possible, but it is definitely the fans too that keep driving us forward. The most important thing is to give back to the community, to give fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With that in mind, this year, all ticket-holders will stand a chance to win a ‘day-in-the-life-of’ experience, where they will get to interact with the teams while they are here.”

Open to six lucky ticket holders, winners will live like a footballer on the Battle of the Reds match day. Two winners will each shadow either the Liverpool, Manchester or Singapore Reds, and join the teams for lunch, travel to the stadium in the team bus, take a sneak peek at the changing room and even sit on the bench with the teams during the match. More details will be available on Masters Football Asia’s social media pages in the coming weeks.

Tickets to the Battle of the Reds 2019 start from $20 and are available at Family packages (two adults & two children below the age of 12) are also available at $120 and VIP Packages at $250. For more information, please visit

2019 Battle of the Reds
Date: 16 November 2019, Saturday
Time: Kick-off at 7 pm, gates open at 5.30 pm
Venue: National Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629

Category Price Information
VIP S$250 Includes meet and greet with team managers and free flow F&B on match day
Family package S$120 2 adults and 2 children (children ages 12 and below)
Cat A S$50 Seats in the North and South stands
Cat B S$35 Seats in the East and West stands
Concessions S$20 Children 12 years and below
Adults 65 years and above

*Prices indicated do not include booking fee

Team lists (as of 23 September 2019) *Please note that all players are subject to availability

Liverpool Masters
John Arne Riise, Emile Heskey, Didi Hamann, Luis Garcia, Vladimir Smicer, David Thompson, Mark Wright, John
Durnin, Phill Babb, Jason McAteer, Paul Walsh, Fabio Aurelio, Don Hutchinson

Manchester United Masters
Paul Rachukah, Wes Brown, Keith Gillespie, Ben Thornley, Teddy Sheringham, Clayton Blackmore, Ronny Johnsen,
Eric Djemba Djemba, Russel Beadsmore, Lee Martin, Jesper Olsen, Danny Webber, Erik Nevland

Singapore Masters
Fandi Ahmad, Malek Awab, Syed Faeuk, Aleksadar Duric, Aide Iskandar, Zulkarnean Zainal, Gusta Guzariaha, Azhar
Baksin, Rezal, Indra Shadan Daud, Noor Ali, Steven Tan, Dalis Supaid, Alam Shah, Lionel Lewis, Rezal Hassan, E. Mani Mohan, Fahmie Abdullah

For all things social:
Hashtag: #BattleOfTheReds #MastersBattle #LiverpoolReds #ManchesterReds
Instagram: @mastersfootballasia
Twitter: @mastersfootball


The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 returns for the twelfth year this 20 to 22 September 2019 with another weekend of show-stopping night race action. With a selection of world-class entertainment as well as superb culinary experiences, visitors at the Marina Bay precinct will be spoilt for choice.

The Marina Bay Street Circuit offer a plethora of options for every discerning guest, whether it’s the racing fan in search of the ultimate Grand Prix experience, the nightlife devotee, the gourmet aficionado or the trackside enthusiast. Guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities, dining and lifestyle options within each hospitality offering that best suit their individual preferences.


The epitome of luxury, Paddock Club guests are privy to exceptional panoramic views of the pit straight and enjoy exclusive access to the Formula 1 pit lane as well as a delectable line-up of haute cuisine at The Garden lifestyle area.

This year’s specialty concept restaurants include one Michelin-starred Hind’s Head by Heston Blumenthal, globally renowned NOBU by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Australian  Neil Perry’s esteemed Rockpool bar and grill, the award-winning COMO Dempsey and famed Stockton Bar by Maximal Concepts. There’s also specially curated activities which includes a holistic pampering massage at the COMO Shambhala Wellness lounge, clairvoyant readings, entertainment at the Paddock Club stage and more. If you are only in town for one day, opt for the Upper Deck which gives the perfect initiation to the legendary Formula 1 Paddock Club.


Indulge in a quintessentially lavish trackside experience with sensational views of high-octane racing at the Sky Suites. Choose your preferred spot – be seated across the team garages at the Pit Straight or watch the drivers jostle for overtaking opportunities at Turn 1 or negotiate complex corners at Turn 2.

Satiate your appetite with delectable fare from a world-class menu and pair it with free flow champagne, fine wines and spirits, beers and soft drinks. Each luxuriously furnished suite comes with an adjacent private viewing gallery that lets get excitingly close to the on-track action. Over at the rooftop, the Sky Terrace offers an exhilarating atmosphere with spectacular views of the Singapore skyline, race track and a myriad of alfresco dining options. Here’s where you can indulge in sensational culinary fare from renowned restaurants, savour innovative cocktails and enjoy an up-close view of the dazzling post-race fireworks.


Hop aboard an exclusive ferry that will take you across the Marina Bay to the Circuit Park and go on a gastronomic journey at Twenty3. There’s two Michelin-starred restaurant San Domenico from Italy, two Michelin-starred restaurant Takagi from Japan and one Michelin-starred Largo do Paço from Portugal, live DJ sets at the Apex Lounge nightclub, and two dessert cafés. Drawing inspiration from the romantically illicit speakeasy bars of the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Drivers’ Right speakeasy features an exceptional selection of more than 30 Whiskies and specialty cocktails.

You can also witness the thrilling track action from any of the two rooftop terrace boasting spectacular views of the final corner of the street track, podium celebrations and post-race fireworks.

For the MUSIC Fan

The Cube offers music buffs the ultimate concert experience. An elevated deck provides guests prime views of the Padang Stage that plays host to the weekend’s top acts – Swedish House Mafia (20 September), Muse and Gwen Stefani (21 September) as well as Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Fatboy Slim (22 September). Guests can also indulge in free flow of Champagne, fine wines, premium spirits, beer, soft drinks and canapés in the air-conditioned indoor bars.

The Cube also gives access to all zones, so you can catch the entertainment throughout the Circuit Park as well as the Formula 1 action from different vantage points throughout Zone 1 to Zone 4, including from a dedicated viewing platform just a stone’s throw away.

Regardless of what you choose, you’re sure to have a fantastic experience – with F1’s original night race an amazing spectacle that is sure to leave an impression.

The Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 will be held from September 20 to 22, with more information at To book your hospitality package, please contact the corporate sales team at +65 6731 5900 or email [email protected]

Sporty Spice Melanie C, Raleigh Ritchie (aka Grey Worm from Game of Thrones), Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) and The Cuban Brothers to headline The Podium Lounge Singapore 2019


The Podium Lounge celebrates 11 consecutive years at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore this Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix season

28 June, 2019 [Singapore] – The world’s biggest trackside celebration of the Formula 1 Grand Prix season, The Podium Lounge hits the heart of the glittering garden city of Singapore with an after-party of epic proportions, presented by GP Management on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September, 2019.

Hosting a jaw-dropping 10,000 guests over three nights in the totally transformed Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore along with the who’s who of the racing community,  guests at The Podium Lounge Singapore will be welcomed by ex-Formula 1 Driver and TV Celebrity Alex Yoong and E! News Asia’s Yvette King from 10pm until late each night.

Rub shoulders with Formula 1 drivers & teams (Lewis Hamilton celebrated his victory on the Marina Bay Street Circuit at The Podium Lounge last year) Royalty, celebrities, supermodels and Asia’s jet-setting party elite. Formula One fans and party-goers flying in from around the world can expect a mouth-watering line up including:

Friday, September 20th – member of the world’s most popular girl band Melanie C aka Sporty Spice hitting the decks

Saturday, September 21st – risqué musical comedy troupe and celebrity party starters, The Cuban Brothers

Sunday, September 16th – celebratory Race Night performance by British actor, singer/songwriter  Raleigh Ritchie aka Grey Worm of Game of Thrones fame

L-R: The Podium Lounge Singapore; CEO & Founder of The Podium Lounge, Robbie Hoyes-Cock; and Five-Time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton at The Podium Lounge Singapore 2018 on Race Night

 Friday 20th September, 2019

Hot off the heels of the sell-out Spice World 2019 tour of the UK and Ireland, household name, Melanie C aka Sporty Spice will be playing a powerful DJ set on the opening night of The Podium Lounge Singapore.

In addition to being part of the biggest girl band the world has ever known, Melanie C has her own amazingly successful solo pop, theatre and DJ career.

In 1996, the debut single “Wannabe” hit number one in 37 countries, establishing the global phenomenon that was the Spice Girls. The girls went on to have an incredible 9 No.1 singles in the UK alone, selling over 31 million albums worldwide. After the band split, Melanie C had two UK number ones of her own, while establishing herself as a solo artist around the world. In 2016, after a four-year hiatus, she released her seventh studio album, the critically acclaimed “Version Of Me”.

Melanie C has had great stage success, picking up an Olivier Award nomination for her incredibly well received role in “Blood Brothers”, while also playing Mary Magdalene in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hugely successful 2008 production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. She also experienced TV success as a judge on the BBC1 Saturday night show “Superstar” that chose the lead role of Jesus.

Saturday 21st September, 2019

Super Saturday of The Podium Lounge Singapore sees The Cuban Brothers performing sexy, soulful music and mind-blowing dance routines made famous on the stages of Glastonbury and Bestival.

From sold-out tours, mega-festivals and support slots for rock royalty to crazy club nights, film roles and fashion shows, The Cuban Brothers’ unparalleled act is ingrained in pop culture. Miguel and his suspect sidekicks are renowned the world over for their party-starting skills, risqué sketches, B-boy moves and funk-fuelled music.

The Hawaiian suit-sporting crew and their outrageous, X-rated antics may be a comedy act, but they’re simultaneously serious musicians who have played with Prince, been on the road with James Brown and supported Fatboy Slim, Chuck Berry and De La Soul. In 2018 they celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a special tour of the Scottish Highlands & Islands and the release of their latest compilation ’La Familia’ featuring one new Cubans track – I Hate Hate – alongside classics by Herbie Hancock, Children Of Zeus and D’Angelo.

Everyone from Elton John, Robbie Williams and Richard Branson to Davina McCall have called on the Cubans to sprinkle their magic. Hard to believe, but the late Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il flew them to North Korea to perform for his cabinet and kept them captive for days, and last year, they hosted Noel Gallagher’s 50th birthday party after the singer declared them the best act at Glastonbury.

 Sunday 22nd September, 2019

For the first time ever in Singapore, globally renowned British actor and singer-songwriter Raleigh Ritchie, famous for his epic role as Grey Worm, Commander of the Unsullied in global TV hit ‘Game of Thrones’ will be performing tracks live from his outstanding debut album, ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ on Race Night.

Raleigh has had a busy 12 months working on his second album which was featured on Stormzy’s #1 single ‘Don’t Cry For Me’ and nominated for an Ivor Novello in 2018.

Raleigh’s 2016 debut album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ has amassed over 200 million streams worldwide with hits from the album including ‘Bloodsport’ and the top 40 single ’Stronger Than Ever’. In addition to his headline UK tour at London’s O2, Raleigh has also supported Kendrick Lamar, George Ezra and played numerous festivals across UK, Europe and the USA.

Friday / Saturday / Sunday – 20 to 22 September, 2019

All three nights, will see Daniel Jones of Savage Garden presented by DeRocks and performing live on stage together with singer Kathleen De Leon (of Hi-5 fame) and rising Singaporean star Maya Davidov, who’ll be rocking the high octane party following the trackside thrills and spills on the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Australian musician, songwriter and record producer Daniel Jones was a member of the ultra-successful Australian pop duo Savage Garden, whose international hit singles included the songs “I Want You”, “To the Moon and Back”, “Truly Madly Deeply”, “I Knew I Loved You”, and “Crash and Burn”.

Savage Garden were an Australian pop duo consisting of Darren Hayes on vocals and Daniel Jones on instruments. The band’s two studio albums, Savage Garden and Affirmation, reached No. 1 in Australia and peaked in the top ten in both the United Kingdom and United States. Their two studio albums have sold 23 million copies worldwide, and the group won a record number of ten ARIA Music Awards in 1997 for their debut album and its related singles.

Kathleen de Leon is a Filipino-Australian actress, dancer and singer and original cast member of the ARIA Award winning Australian children’s musical group Hi-5.

23-year old Singaporean Maya Davidov has the extraordinary privilege of having been taken under the musical wing of Savage Garden songwriter and instrumentalist, Daniel Jones. Maya first caught the attention of Daniel through videos of her performing on her YouTube channel ‘xmayanicole’. Maya has been singing ever since she can remember, but officially started her musical journey at the tender age of 10 after joining the school choir at United World College, Southeast Asia. Maya has gone on to sing live at major performance venues including The Esplanade and Yong Sew Tech Conservatory of Music. Classically trained she has expanded her musical horizons to include jazz, pop and contemporary music.

The Podium Lounge Singapore is thrilled to present New-York-based Danish-American Neo-Pop celebrity artist Jan Larsen as the Official Artist of its 11-year celebration.

Talked about as one of the most thoughtful, entertaining, popular, and important voices in contemporary work, Larsen and his team will offer a custom-crafted, high-octane collection of his works over the three nights of the Singapore Grand Prix.

With a presentation that combines fresh additions to Larsen’s body of work with an entertaining, interactive format, Larsen’s Go Go Go showcase will take the form of a Formula 1 racing pit, complete with entertaining JLA Pit Crew, and invites guests to immerse themselves in the fun and sparks-flying energy of powerful contemporary work while coming face-to-face with the high-octane world of motorsport’s elite race.

Larsen and his ‘pit crew’ will offer guests a first-of-its-kind, multi-media presentation and line-up of fresh work, including original paintings, limited edition prints, custom-cast sculptures, and immersive audio and video elements – each extending the artist’s market-mashing oeuvre while he celebrates the beauty, power and grace of the global Grand Prix phenomenon with some of its biggest stars.

Taking centre stage, models this year will walk the Peroni LED catwalk dressed in luxury designer streetwear by MTHEMOVEMENT.

Celebrity designer “M” has over 20 years of experience in international branding and fashion. Today “M” lives all over the world, creating his men and women’s luxury designer streetwear line called MTHEMOVEMENT powered by Kings Group.

His new collection for Fall 2019, with its many celebrity collaborations including apl.d.ap of The Black Eyed Peas, is inspired by his global jet-set life and will be revealed at his Podium Lounge shows over three nights.

Throughout his career, “M” has also styled celebrities, including international stars such as The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears and many of Asia’s Next Top Models and Sony Music artists.


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars[1] is proud to be part of the festivities and official car partner of The Podium Lounge 2019, and will be displaying a bespoke motor car inside the Grand Gallery at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Showcasing the pinnacle of luxury, the highest levels of hand-built craftsmanship and a near-limitless potential for Bespoke personalisation, the car will embody Rolls-Royce’s famed ethos of Striving for Perfection.

Come and see the bold yet elegant approach to the design, as timeless as the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot that leads the way forward; feel the plush materials appointed throughout the cabin, selected and treated with meticulous rigor by 60 pairs of hands before completion; experience Rolls-Royce’s signature Bespoke expressions – a truly personal expression of oneself reflected during the creation of an individual Rolls-Royce.

The magical wonder of a Rolls-Royce will be available for viewing throughout the F1 weekend, from 20 to 22 September 2019, only at The Podium Lounge.

Perrier is the official sparkling water and refreshment partner of The Podium Lounge 2019 Singapore. The iconic brand, always on the hunt for distinctiveness and the unexpected, will be surprising and entertaining guests with a fleet of special butlers on all three nights. Capturing attention with a surprise guests’ street art performance, Perrier is bringing even more extraordinaire to The Podium Lounge experience.

Nominated for the 2019 World’s Best New Ski Hotel, Skye Niseko has set new standards of luxury and service in Asia’s top ski resort, Niseko. Guests of The Podium Lounge will get a sneak peak of their winter wonderland and enjoy their “on snow” competition for the chance to win some great holiday prizes over the Singapore Grand Prix weekend., the world’s largest online alcohol delivery company, will wow partygoers again at this year’s Podium Lounge. Guests will be astonished by their killer activation experience. Make sure to have lady luck by your side and stand a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes including bottles of premium whiskies, magnums of champagne and limited edition spirits at the digital slot machine. One lucky winner will walk away with a diamond from DeRocks Jewellers.

The Podium Lounge guests will be the very first in Singapore to exclusively experience multi-award winning winery Ulithorne’s range of premium McLaren Vale wines with a very special nightly tasting taking place in the Grand Gallery of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.

While many are happy to simply see wine as a reflection of a region, Ulithorne look much deeper, while acknowledging the concept of terroir, they apply it with meticulous individualisation. Ulithorne are confident that those who know and appreciate their wines share some of their own core values – the willingness to sacrifice time rather than risk precious quality, the ever so important attention to detail and good honest authenticity.

Charity is always a major focus of The Podium Lounge weekend, and this year will see a series of live auctions of authenticated and exceptionally rare F1 memorabilia with all profits going to a local charity. Some outstanding items include a Formula 1 race helmet signed by all of the drivers of the 2018 Formula 1 Season, as well as a Lewis Hamilton (Five-Time Formula 1 World Champion) signed Mercedes F1 shirt and a Michael Schumacher (Seven-Time Formula 1 World Champion) signed F1 race glove.

Rare F1 memorabilia to be auctioned off, with all profits going to a local charity:
(L – R) 2018 F1 race helmet; Lewis Hamilton signed Mercedes F1 shirt and Michael Schumacher signed F1 race glove


Tickets, VIP Tables and Booking Information:

Tickets (nett per person, per night)

General Admission: S$188 in advance | S$218 on the door

General Admission inc. 1 Bottle (0.75L) of Lanson Champagne: S$388 in advance | S$418 on the door

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VIP Tables (nett per table, per night)

VIP Table for 4 – $1,688
1 Magnum (1.5L) of Lanson Champagne + 1 Bottle of Grey Goose Vodka

VIP Table for 8 – $3,488
2 Magnums (1.5L) of Lanson Champagne + 2 Bottles of Grey Goose Vodka

VIP Table for 12 – $5,788
4 Magnums (1.5L) of Lanson Champagne + 3 Bottle of Grey Goose Vodka

Raised Jeroboam VIP Table for 12 – $9,888

3 Jeroboams (3L) of Lanson Champagne + 1 Jeroboam (3L) of Grey Goose Vodka

Ultra VVIP Table for 20 – S$28,888

5 Jeroboams (3L) of Lanson Champagne + 3 Rehoboams (4.5L) of Grey Goose Vodka

VVIP Stage Lounge for 50 – $58,888

20 Magnums (1.5L) of Lanson Champagne + 10 Magnums (1.5L) of Grey Goose Vodka

+ a Meet & Greet with the Headline Artists, Celebrity Guest Hosts and F1 Legends & Drivers in Attendance.

 For Tickets, VIP Tables and Corporate Hospitality, please contact:

Robbie Hoyes-Cock

CEO & Founder – The Podium Lounge

Mobile: +65 9459 5211

Email: [email protected]

Bookings exclusively available via:

Social Media Channels
Hashtag:     #PodiumLoungeSG

High-resolution images can be downloaded from Dropbox HERE

2019 Podium Lounge Singapore Video Preview


APPENDIX 1: Full List of Partners

Official Venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Official Artist: Jan Larsen
Official Car Partner: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Singapore
Official Sparkling Water & Refreshment Partner: Perrier
Official Insurance Partner: Great Eastern Life
Official Yacht: Auspicious Club Auspicious Club
Official Champagne: Champagne Lanson
Official Jewelry: Derocks
Official Mixer: Fever Tree
Official Vodka: Grey Goose
Official Software: JCurve
Official Wealth Manager: JOOL Capital
Official Fashion: MTHEMOVEMENT
Official Motorcycle: Mutt Motorcycles
Official Online Liquor Store:
Official Beer: Peroni
Official Energy Drink: Red Bull
Official Tech: Rounder
Official Resort: Skye Niseko
Official Wine: Ulithorne Wine
Official Limousine: Wolero


 About The Podium Lounge Singapore 2019

In its eleventh consecutive year at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, this sell-out, celebrity-packed event is returning to The Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, which undergoes a dramatic transformation into a glamorous ultra-lounge featuring a glittering LED catwalk for the nightly Fashion Circuit and VIP balconies offering a magical party experience with the racing community for 10,000 guests over three thrilling nights.

Nestled within the race-track and situated just 200 metres from the F1 Pit Building, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore sits right beside Formula 1’s VIP Gate 2 making it easy to access The Podium Lounge, a party-haven for celebrities and the place to be and to spot the stars of the Racing Community.

The Podium Lounge has attracted celebrities including Gordon Ramsay, Kim Kardashian, Taboo, Hodor (Kristian Nairn), Joel Madden, Amir Khan, Sasha Grey, Rio Ferdinand, Estelle, Brian McFadden, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Bobby Chinn,  Sky Blu of LMFAO, Rudimental, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Stephane Pompougnac, Nadia Ali, Dimitri from Paris, Joey Negro, Sander Kleinenberg, Andreas Villas Boas, Brian Kelleher, Diego Maradona and Linkin Park’s Joel Hahn, and several Miss Universes. F1 racing legends Niki Lauder, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Jordan, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert, Rubens Barrichello, Alex Yoong, Nico Rosberg, Sebastien Buemi, Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have all attended The Podium Lounge in recent years.

The Podium Lounge Singapore follows successful VIP events around the International Formula 1 Circuit including Monaco, Melbourne and Abu Dhabi.

About The Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS) 2019

The Grand Prix Season Singapore (GPSS) – a specially curated 10-day season (13 to 22 September 2019) – showcases Singapore’s exciting range of lifestyle events and offerings prior to and around the FORMULA 1 ™ Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines Grand Prix. It offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy Singapore’s best including Entertainment, Dining, Retail, Arts & Culture and Attractions that embrace the fervency of the race.

For further press information and talent interview opportunities, please contact:

Joel Tan

W Communications
Mobile: +65 9177 2510
Email: [email protected]

Laura Goh

W Communications
Mobile: +65 9386 0027

Email: [email protected]


Universities in Singapore

It may be small, but in the realms of higher education and research, Singapore is a big hitter. A whole series of global reports have recognized Singapore as a world leader in research and innovation over the past few decades. In recent years, it’s been ranked seventh in the 2015 INSEAD Global Innovation Index, third in IMD’s 2014 World Competitiveness Rankings and second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-15.

Within this context of global competitiveness and innovation, universities in Singapore are also gaining growing recognition, as Asian nations more generally strengthen their position in the global education market. Singapore’s two leading universities are now both ranked within the world’s top 15, and the city itself is ranked 15th in the QS Best Student Cities 2018, reflecting its combination of educational excellence, high quality of life, and diverse student community.

National University of Singapore

Singapore’s global superstar, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is currently ranked 11th in the QS World University Rankings, and first in the QS Asia University Rankings 2019. Within the QS World University Rankings by Subject, NUS displays a breadth of high performance which can be rivalled by very few universities in the world. The school is now ranked seventh in the world for the engineering and technology broad subject area, and sixth for civil engineering.  It’s also within the top 10 for social sciences & management.

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was ranked just one place behind NUS in the QS World University Rankings® and two places in the QS Asia University Rankings, ranked 12th in the world and joint third in Asia. It’s highly regarded for its engineering courses, and in the QS World University Rankings by Subject features in the global top five for the broad subject area of engineering & technology and is also ranked third for materials sciences. In recent developments, NTU enrolled the first batch of students at its new Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in the summer of 2013, as part of a collaborative venture with the UK’s Imperial College London.

Singapore Management University

Offering a more specialized range of subjects, Singapore Management University is another of Singapore’s best known institutions, ranking among the world’s leading providers of education in the fields of accounting and finance, computer science, economics, law and statistics.

Ranked joint 500th in the World University Rankings and 78th in Asia, the university also places within the global top 100 for accounting, economics and business the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Other international universities in Singapore

Singapore is also home to a selection of recently established collaborative institutions, bringing together universities in Singapore with leading universities around the world. One example is the Singapore University of Technology and Design, developed in partnership with the US’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology and China’s Zhejiang University. Yale-NUS College is another international collaboration, launched in 2011 as the first liberal arts college in Singapore, as a partnership between the National University of Singapore and Yale University. These collaborations reflect a wider focus on internationalization and innovation among universities in Singapore, which is generating a growing selection of exciting options for prospective students.

Source: Top Universities –

2019 Quarter 1 Top 10 Employment Market Trends in Singapore

Steady Hiring in Compliance, Risk and Cyber–Security: Greater hiring demand in banking is coming from the compliance, risk management, and cyber-security departments in major financial institutions. IT security also remains a high priority, and IT Security Analysts through to CISO and Director level IT security professionals are in demand.

Contingent Workforce Growth:  A leading trend in the past few years has been the growth in demand for contracting professionals especially within the Banking and Technology sectors, and we expect contingent hiring to remain strong this year. However, whilst organisations continue to hire contingent workers and with the overall market still ‘growing’, we have noted a slight slowdown at the start of the year in the demand and volume of hires in banks as they take a slightly more conservative approach.

Data Science Hiring:  Surges in recruitment within the data science area are likely to continue throughout 2019. Hiring for data science professionals across all industries will likely be a common theme this year.

FinTech ‘Booming’: We have seen an increased demand within this sector during the past 12 months and we expect this upward trend to continue.  The world of FinTech is rapidly evolving and if it isn’t the hottest sector in Singapore right now, then it’s close! It is interesting to note that whilst the number of Blockchain roles in the market continues to increase, the volatility and uncertainty surrounding the Cryptocurrency markets has meant that demand and hiring into this area have dropped recently. However, the sheer number of FinTech events held in Singapore indicates that there are considerable financial investment and a high level of interest from both the private and government sectors.

Innovation Roles Increasing: Roles focusing purely on driving innovation are increasing. These professionals identify future demands of consumers, spot trends and drive technological developments to enable companies to stay at the forefront of their industries, with many banks and financial services now building out their own innovation ‘hubs’ or ‘teams’. We have also seen an increase in their utilisation to facilitate hiring through events such as Hackathons.

Big Data Specialists, Cyber & Disruptive Technology Skillsets in Demand: There is a consistent increase in the number of data analytics roles in the market. ETL (Extract Transfer Load) experience, Python, R, and SAS are all in-demand skillsets.  Additionally, the demand for cloud computing, mobile, and digital technology experts continue to be high. Cyber-security also remains a sought-after skillset with IT security being a high priority for many companies.  IT Security Analysts through to CISO and Director level IT security professionals are in demand.

Demand for Finance & Accounting Professionals Remain Steady:   Singapore remains a leading Asian financial hub.  Therefore, demand for finance & accounting professionals with strong accounting and/or financial analytical skills, coupled with excellent business acumen has remained steady in 2019 and we expect this to continue in the next 12 months.

Marketing Roles are Evolving:  The role of marketing within an organisation has evolved. High on an employer’s priority list are digital marketers, product managers (banking), data analytics specialists, e-commerce managers, and SEO/SEM experts. Specialist customer experience (CX) professionals are also in demand.  Many of these roles now require specific niche technical skillsets that are difficult to find and are highly sought-after.

Startup Hiring Evolving:  The startup ecosystem has grown dramatically in recent years in Singapore. Hiring demand from startups have been focused mainly on tech talent but more recently, we have seen a greater demand from startups for sales, marketing and finance professionals as they evolve into revenue-generating businesses.

Tech Talent still in Demand: Demand for top tech talent remains high, especially for Software Engineers. We expect this demand to continue, with knowledge of iOS, Android, C++, and Java etc. skillsets to be highly sought-after in 2019

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Shop till you drop

Singapore is a paradise for must-have international fashion, trendy bazaars and a whole lot more. Indulge in heritage brands and uncover the local design scene, led by homegrown and internationally-recognised designers and trendsetters. Visit international flagship stores along Orchard Road for luxury brands. Head to our ethnic enclaves for a memorabilia of different cultural origins and influences. Browse eclectic collections from independent brands Supermama and Naiise. If you have a passion for what’s in vogue and one of a kind, here’s where the collectors―stylemeisters, sneakerheads, designers, trend setters―meet.

Where to shop

Design Orchard

Located along the bustling streets of Orchard Road—Singapore’s premier shopping belt—Design Orchard is more than just a retail space.

Conceptualised by award-winning architecture firm WOHA Architects, this vibrant new enclave brings the pulse of creativity and inspiration to the heart of the city.

The space fulfils a trinity of roles—creative incubator, vibrant events space and a dazzling showcase of some of Singapore’s most beloved brands, lauded designers and talented newcomers.

Take a step inside, and discover world-class designs proudly made in Singapore.

Singapore—A shopper’s heaven

Stroll down Orchard Road, lauded as one of the best places to shop in Singapore. Spanning almost 2.2km, this bustling belt is home to a delectable range of retail, dining and entertainment choices. Department stores and shopping malls in this busting district include ION OrchardTANGS and Design Orchard. The latter stocks a range of fashion and lifestyle items proudly made in Singapore, which makes it a good place to visit if you’re planning to shop local.

Whether you’re looking for international luxury brands, stylish homegrown labels or trendy high-street fashion collections, this vibrant destination is a must-visit.

Go green: Eco-friendly malls leading the way

Singapore takes its carbon footprint seriously. Sustainability and eco-friendliness are two watchwords that maintain our reputation as a ‘City in a Garden’—and the shopping centres here are doing their part to save the planet while providing shoppers a stellar retail experience. From energy-efficient fittings to architectures that reduce the amount of air-conditioning needed, there are many malls that are leading the way in environmentally friendly design.

Your guide to Singapore’s heartland malls

Not up for navigating your way through the throngs of people on Orchard Road? Beat the crowd and get your retail therapy fix elsewhere at the many heartland shopping destinations island wide.

  1. Jurong East

For maximum choice at minimum cost, head over to the Western side of Singapore and shop at IMM, well-known as the island’s largest outlet mall. Here, keep a watch on that credit card as tantalising discounts tempt year-round at over 80 outlet stores. From Adidas to Timberland, you’ll find many covetable big brands going at jaw-droppingly low prices.

  1. Tampines

Explore the golden trio of retail therapy in the East: Century SquareTampines 1 and Tampines Mall. These malls—all located within walking distance of one another—offer an astoundingly diverse shopping experience, with the total number of shops and boutiques exceeding a mindboggling over 400 in all.

  1. Katong

While you’re in the east, swing by mall I12 Katong for a taste of the hip local fashion scene. Check out The Emporium, a multi-label store that houses indie fashion and accessory brands. Coo over meltingly soft leather in the form of handbags from Desti Saint or rock some bold statement jewelry from Lil Jewelry or Stones That Rock. Online retail sensation Naiise also takes root in the cosy mall, offering so-cool-it-hurts finds from Singapore and the region, amongst them eco-conscious products, kooky decorative items (such as kueh [bite-sized snacks or dessert foods] cushions) and a whole range of curated apparel.

  1. Toa Payoh

For a glimpse of day-to-day Singaporean life, take the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) train straight into Toa Payoh Hub, the buzzing centre of one of Singapore’s oldest satellite towns. Here, you’ll get a down-to-earth, suburban shopping experience that’s far removed from the hubbub of the big city.

Explore the grounds and get a uniquely Singaporean experience when you shop and eat like a local. Follow their lead as they pull out the best bargains at the old shophouse stores of Toa Payoh Mall, and get almost anything under the sun, too, at this colossal 186,000 square feet of retail space. Choose from home essentials such as rugs and bedsheets, nifty mobile phone accessories or a colourful plethora of shoes and clothes—all at affordable prices.

  1. Farrer Park

Farrer Park sits a stone’s throw away from heritage district Little India and is home to City Square Mall, Singapore’s first eco-mall. The eco-conscious will delight in the energy-saving LED lighting and roof which lets natural light in, while the shopaholics can rejoice instead over the mall’s wide variety of deals.

First, put your reusable shopping bag to good use at the eco-friendly NTUC supermarket when you fill it up with goodies and snacks to take home.

Then, troop over to massive sports store Decathlon. Although not as large as the flagship store in Bedok, this outlet more than makes up for it in terms of accessibility and offers up to 90% of the products anyway. Fitness fanatics will be happy to know that this outlet carries gear for over 50 sports: think yoga leggings, in-line skates and even kayaking equipment.

Best kept shopping secrets by precinct

Joo Chiat

The Joo Chiat/Katong neighbourhood is a beloved gem in the East, and it’s easy to see why. The heady mix of old and new draws you in as you spot traditional shophouses alongside chic yoga studios and traditional coffee shops beside hip cafés that crank out cold-brewed coffees.


Although there are fleets of international designer labels and high-street brands such as Chanel, Abercrombie & Fitch and Zara on this iconic stretch, there are also many local brands that call this premier shopping belt home.

Take, for instance, Design Orchard, a hub for home-grown brands that houses a trove of wares, created by local artisans and designers. There’s also Beyond The Vines at Mandarin Gallery, a contemporary women’s wear label that boasts a range of chic, timeless dresses

Little India

The vibrant sights and sounds of Little India are gifts in themselves: the rich fragrance of curries, the colours of hanging garlands, the sounds of prayer chants filling the air.

But what if you want to bring home a memento that’s more tangible? Other than the gorgeous textiles and addictive snacks—murukku(savoury crackers) comes to mind—make a stop at Mustafa Centre, a secret among local night owls and bargain hunters. This mega-mall is open round-the-clock, and sells over 300,000 items that include beauty products, jewelry, groceries and electronics.

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Singapore Grand Prix



Expect a star-studded line-up of Michelin-starred chefs, a new speakeasy and riveting entertainment as Twenty3 goes bigger and bolder this year Marina Bay Street Circuit’s hot new lifestyle destination, Twenty3, returns for the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix 2019 bigger, better and bolder with a new line-up of Michelin-starred chefs, trendy food and drink experiences, a whisky and rum speakeasy, the circuit’s only nightclub and unparalleled trackside views.

“With so many options, race-goers can easily curate their own itinerary over the weekend with an entirely different experience for each day. Guests can sample Portuguese cuisine one day and Kyoto fare another day, satiate their sweet tooth at the dessert bar and unwind with a whisky at the speakeasy, or cheer on their favourite driver from Twenty3’s rooftop and hit the dance floor after at the Apex Lounge – the possibilities are endless!” says Shamini Suppiah, Director of Corporate Sales, Singapore GP Pte Ltd.

Guests at Twenty3 can also look forward to arriving in style via exclusive ferry services that ply between Bayfront North Jetty and Twenty3 – the only lifestyle facility to offer this as part of the ticket – before being welcomed into a lush secret garden oasis.

Dining with the Stars

A world of gastronomical delights await guests as Twenty3 brings together five Michelin stars within a 3,000 sqm trackside facility, taking discerning diners on a culinary journey.

From the home of the legendary Imola racing circuit in northern Italy, Chef Massimiliano Mascia of two Michelin starred San Domenico will showcase a selection of contemporary Italian dishes in their Singapore culinary debut.

Founded in 1970, the restaurant’s most celebrated dishes will be served at Twenty3 such as the Marinated Amberjack with Fresh Vegetables as well as the Crispy Prawns with Spinach, Toasted Sesame and Balsamic Mousseline.

Guests can get better acquainted with the “Japanese Master of True Kyoto Cuisine” – Chef Takagi Kazuo of two Michelin-starred Takagi from Ashiya, Japan – as he highlights the refined Kyo-ryori style of cuisine at Twenty3.

Centred on time-honoured traditions, Chef Takagi’s dishes elevate simple Japanese ingredients into exquisitely plated dishes imbued with culture and seasonality. Some of his signature dishes include Grilled Wagyu with Seasonal Vegetables and Sio Koji Marinade Salmon. Diners can also head upstairs to the izakaya where they can enjoy fresh-off the-grill yakitori skewers paired with a specially curated selection of Japanese sake, whisky, beers and specialty cocktails.

Another chef making his Singapore debut at Twenty3, Chef Tiago Bonito of Portugal’s one Michelin-starred Largo do Paço, pays homage to his roots by reinterpreting classic recipes while incorporating an assortment of unique ingredients not traditionally used in Portuguese cuisine. Highlights include the Veal of Milk with Smoked Celery, Asparagus and Madeira Wine as well as the Sea Bass, Crustaceans “Xerém”, Seaweed and Champagne.

Trendy Food, Drink and Nightlife Experiences

Aside from a stellar gastronomic line-up, not to be missed is luxe-casual alfresco dining at the Bay Terrace, featuring local favourites such as Mee siam, Laksa and Satay, international fare by London’s famed Burger & Lobster as well as a specialty cocktail bar. Dessert lovers will delight in Instagrammable chimney cakes by Prague’s Good Food Coffee and Bakery – choose from coloured activated carbon black cones, raspberry powder red cones and pistachio green cones topped with your favourite ice cream flavours. Artisanal drinks by Taverns Tea such as Coffee and Tonic Mocktail, Ondeh-Ondeh Iced Latte and Iced Pandan Chiffon Tea will be hard to resist.

Be entertained by Taiko drummers, DJ sets, fire dancers, roving performers and electrifying pyrotechnics within the alfresco space throughout the race weekend.

Inspired by the Jazz era of the 1920s, Singapore GP’s first whisky and rum speakeasy exudes a blend of old-world charm and luxury. Helmed by artisanal bar La Maison du Whisky, the 40-seat watering hole will feature an exceptional selection of 23 Scotch whisky’s and specialty rums in a cosy, and intimate environment. A discreet, unmarked door conceals the entrance into the bar – a treat for those lucky enough to find it.

The electrifying party atmosphere continues post-race at the two-storey Apex Lounge – the only nightclub within the circuit – where guests can revel in top dance hits from resident DJs. Above the dancefloor, a stunning German kinetic light installation will create a kaleidoscope of mesmerising movement and colours using over 300 light spheres, alongside enthralling performances by aerial artists.

Within the Apex Lounge, guests can also indulge in one-of-a-kind sweet treats by awardwinning

Pâtissier Philip Khoury from Harrod’s Knightsbridge, London and pastry chefs

Eddie Stewart and Min Chai of N2 Brunch Club as they work in tandem exclusively for

Twenty3 to create a selection of unique concoctions that marry food and art.

Aptly named after the final corner of the circuit where it is located, Twenty3 boasts superb views of the Formula 1 cars as they race towards the finish line. Guests can opt to enjoy the track action in the comfort of the restaurants or outdoor viewing galleries or head up to the two rooftop terraces boasting spectacular views of the Singapore skyline, podium celebrations and fireworks.

A lush installation on the rooftop designed by Gardens by the Bay exclusively for Twenty3 provides a stunning Instagrammable photo opportunity against the backdrop of the conservatories.

Tickets to Twenty3 are available as a single-day option (from S$1,592.16), two-day Saturday and Sunday option (S$5,016.16) and three-day Friday to Sunday option (S$6,259.50) and can be purchased online at, via the hotline +65 6731 5900 or by email at [email protected].



A gravity-defying tower aimed at ‘sustainable urbanism’ has opened in Singapore

The newly opened Robinson Tower in Singapore’s Central Business District might baffle you at first glance: the upper section appears to float above the lower, with a leafy garden between the two.

Get a little closer and you’ll spot the slender core that elevates the upper tower, maximizing views of the nearby marina from the twenty floors of offices, as well as providing space for the terraced rooftop garden.

Designed by New York’s Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), the tower also houses retail and food and beverage spaces in the lower podium, arranged around another garden in a central atrium.

Described by KPF as addressing “sustainable urbanism,” the design was influenced by Singapore’s Landscape Replacement Policy, which requires developers to incorporate publicly accessible green spaces equal in area to any greenery removed.

Designed as a symbol of unity, Hong Kong’s flag becomes the focus of protest

The building’s faceted exterior “dematerializes and reflects the sun and sky differently,” KPF said in a press release. It was also designed to “form a contextual relationship” with Lau Pa Sat, also known as Telok Ayer Market, a historic food market with a distinctive angular roof that sits adjacent to Robinson Tower.

Source: To read the full article from Emily Dixon at CNN then visit the website at



Singapore Tourism Board

Singapore is much more than the sum of its numerous attractions. It’s constantly evolving, reinventing, and reimagining itself, with people who are passionate about creating new possibilities.

It’s where foodies, explorers, collectors, action seekers, culture shapers, and socialisers meet―and new experiences are created every day.

Don’t stop at finding out what you can do when you visit. Let our Passion Ambassadors show you what you can be when you’re here. Because we’re more than just a destination. We’re where passion is made possible.

There are many areas to explore, Admire Singapore’s newest icons of art and architecture on the Marina Bay Art Trail, including Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands® and the Esplanade

For those of you who love dining and shopping, then head down to Orchard Road for luxury retails and world class international cuisines. Singapore’s most famous shopping precinct is home to a wealth of experiences.

Take a walk along the river and immerse yourself in the Lion’s City boundless energy and bustling nightlife.

Immerse yourself in Singapore’s rich culture.  One of the best places to see is Little India, which is a buzzing area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.

For a traditional Singapore experience, discover Peranakan culture as you stroll past heritage shophouses, quaint stores and eateries in the Joo Chiat/Katong area of the city. Book a tour at the Intan museum, where owner Alvin Yapp’s deep love for all things Peranakan is waiting to share this hidden gem with you.

There is so much more to explore in Singapore. For a full list of upcoming events visit


Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay is an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations.

The Gardens is led by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who have been involved in the greening of Singapore and had worked alongside international and local experts to develop the Gardens. It has an in-house team of skilled landscape designers, horticulturists, arborists, engineers, plant health, garden and turf management experts, as well as plant research and orchid breeding professionals, who leverage on the extensive global network of plant sources cultivated during the development days, to continuously curate and grow the Gardens.

Guided by its vision to be a world of gardens for all to own, enjoy and cherish, Gardens by the Bay has earned numerous awards and accolades including the World Building of the Year in 2012, the President’s Design Award (Singapore) in 2013, the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Themed Entertainment Association in 2014, the Largest Glass Greenhouse (Flower Dome) in the Guinness World Records for 2015, and the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016. These achievements are testament to the ongoing excellence of the Gardens and spur the team towards attaining greater success.

Gardens by the Bay brings to life the National Parks Board Singapore’s vision of creating a City in a Garden. The Gardens captures the essence of Singapore as the premier tropical Garden City with the perfect environment in which to live and work – making Singapore a leading global city of the 21st century.

In January 2006, an international master plan design competition was launched to seek world-class design ideas for Gardens by the Bay. It drew more than 70 entries submitted by 170 firms, from over 24 countries, including 35 from Singapore.

An 11-member Jury comprising local and international experts shortlisted eight teams and two winners were announced in September 2006; namely Grant Associates for Bay South and Gustafson Porter for Bay East, both from the UK. A decision was made to develop Bay Central later.

A public exhibition of the master plan concepts and models of the winning teams was held in September 2006 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Over 10,000 people visited the exhibition and over 700 gave their feedback. An overwhelming majority 85% of those surveyed liked the features in the master plans and over 97% said they would visit the gardens.

Gardens by the Bay broke ground in November 2007, signaling the commencement of the Gardens’ development. Subsequently, development of Bay East Garden also commenced. It was developed as an interim garden to be used as a staging site for some of the rowing and canoeing events of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in August 2010. Following the YOG, Bay East underwent reinstatement works and was open to the public in October 2011.

A special preview of Flower Dome was held in November 2011 in conjunction with the World Orchid Conference (WOC). Some 300,000 members of the public visited both WOC and Bay South Garden.

To plan your visit or find out more information on the various activities and events at Gardens by the Bay, then visit their website at