We’ve been wondering how the Formula One Austin folks were going to top last year’s fantastic headline performance from Taylor Swift and today we have the answer. This year, pop superstar Justin Timberlake will headline the Super Stage at the track on Saturday, October 21.
Three-day weekend passes, which include access to the concert, go on sale to the public on Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. CT at CircuitofTheAmericas.com. Three-day tickets will be available for purchase starting at $159 if purchased prior to July 4.
There will be no single-day general admission tickets sold for the day of the concert.
Last year, the F1 Grand Prix entertainment included a second concert featuring Usher and the Roots on Sunday night following the race. COTA reps have confirmed there will be a second concert again this year with a lineup announcement coming later this spring.
The last time JT played Austin, he headlined a surprise MySpace showcase at the Coppertank. Accompanied by a hefty backing band, he strapped on a guitar and commanded the stage as a “musician and showman rather than a pop music pretty boy.”
Here’s what our friend, Chad Swiatecki said about the show:
Justin Timberlake at SXSW 2013
A deluxe backing band of at least 15 members helped pop star Justin Timberlake turn a large chunk of his catalog into a rock and funk revue on closing night of SXSW.
Before a reported crowd of 800 fans, Timberlake and his band The Tennessee Kids rocked their way through hits like “Like I Love You, ” “Cry Me A River” and “What Goes Around/Comes Around, ” the latter of which was drastically stripped down with Timberlake on acoustic guitar and accompanied by his four backup singers.
Following a DJ set by Roots drummer Questlove, Timberlake took the stage dressed in a black suit coat, fedora and tuxedo T-shirt (given his newest single, a suit and tie would’ve likely been too on the nose) for a relaxed, celebratory performance that seemed to be constructed to showcase the former ‘N Sync star as a musician and showman rather than a pop music pretty boy.
Strapping on a guitar for set opener “Like I Love You, ” Timberlake bopped and jammed with his backing band and kept his dancing fairly subdued and (seemingly) spontaneous, spending most of the hour-long set in close proximity to the center stage microphone stand. He still let his charisma and sex appeal loose throughout but did so with brief hip shuffles and swivels instead of more elaborate set piece dance moves.
NOTE: This blog has been updated to clarify ticket information and add details.