F1 Race Forces Most Las Vegas Headlining Shows to Cancel
Posted on: November 12, 2023, 02:47h.
Last updated on: November 14, 2023, 09:08h.
It’s lights out for most of Las Vegas’ regularly scheduled entertainment during F1’s inaugural Grand Prix, running Nov. 16-18 along the Las Vegas Strip itself.
Arriving at any Strip destination at a particular time will be a mission fraught with myriad unknown difficulties, as no vehicles will be allowed on Las Vegas Boulevard, Koval Lane, Harmon Avenue or Sands Avenue from 5 p.m. through 6 a.m. the following Thursday through Saturday.
While vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the shuttered streets will be permitted, it will be significantly detoured and delayed.
However, the real reason for the canceled shows may be less charitable. Reportedly, ticket sales for race weekend were atrocious since most tourists planning standard Las Vegas vacations knew enough to steer clear of next weekend.
Speaking of planning vacations, it’s also possible that one or more of the headliners listed below had vacations planned for next weekend that had absolutely nothing to do with F1. Though let’s be honest, the odds of that coincidence are long.
Following is the full list of shows going dark on race weekend — for whatever reason — as of Nov. 12.
Dark Nov. 16-18
Australian Bee Gees Show
Spice Wanna Be
Piff the Magic Dragon
Ru Paul’s Drag Race Live
Menopause the Musical
Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club
Ka by Cirque du Soleil
Penn & Teller
Banacheck’s Mind Games
Dark Nov. 16 Only
O by Cirque du Soleil
New York-New York:
Mad Apple by Cirque du Soleil
Mystere by Cirque du Soleil
Dark Nov. 17-18
Brad Garrett Comedy Club
Dark Nov. 18 Only
OPM by Spiegelworld
The Beatles’ Love by Cirque du Soleil
Atomic Saloon Show by Spiegelworld
All Cirque du Soleil shows not listed have canceled their nightly performances Nov. 16-18 but will perform matinees.
Rod Stewart moved his Nov. 16-17 shows at Caesars Palace an hour earlier to 6:30 p.m. Likewise, Keith Urban moved his Nov. 16-17 shows at Planet Hollywood two hours earlier to 6:30 p.m.
The outliers here are Spiegelworld’s Absinthe at Caesars Palace and magician David Copperfield at the MGM Grand, both running their full regular schedules throughout race weekend. For Copperfield, that means seven entire shows between Thursday and Saturday.
F1 Cuts U2 Off, Too
U2 was available to perform its U2:UV Achtung Baby residency this weekend at the Sphere. It’s the Sphere that wasn’t.
F1 owner Liberty Media is using the inside and outside of the domed MSG venue behind the Venetian this weekend. F1 already had to lease the land since its track runs through it. So, it decided to lease the world’s largest LED screen as well. F1 will manage all advertising on the Sphere’s external display this weekend and hold a brunch inside the venue on Sunday — for invited employees and VIPs only.
U2’s last performance was on Nov. 4. They’ll return on December 1.
“We’re taking a little break after tonight,” singer Bono told the crowd on Nov 4. “We’re giving Las Vegas back to F1. If you don’t know what F1 is, it’s a sport where very tidy, lean, mean men and some extraordinary women climb onto rockets and try to stay on earth and not achieve orbit, something like that.
“A little like rock n’ roll, actually — less dangerous.”
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