Universal Music South East Asia SVP Sandy Monteiro has described the inaugural F1 Rocks in Singapore as "electrifying" while acknowledging some "setbacks" at the event.

Artists including Beyonce, No Doubt and Black Eyed Peas performed at the Sept. 24-26 concerts, which were tied into the Formula 1 Grand Prix night race in Singapore on Sept. 27. Further F1 Rocks concerts are planned, staged alongside races.

However, despite the regional and international superstars involved at the Singapore shows, there were issues surrounding the organization of F1 Rocks. Slow security checks, a single entry point, and several technical glitches tarnished the open-air event at Fort Canning Park.

Despite numerous sound checks, the opening day's show on Sept. 24 suffered technical hiccups during the five-hour concert. It featured energetic performances by Sodagreen, Da Mouth, and the first-ever teaming of Asia's biggest superstars Jacky Cheung and A- Mei.

"Organizing a three-day music festival was certainly a mammoth task - and despite the various setbacks, all the headline artists put on a fantastic show," Monteiro tells Billboard.biz. "It wasn't quite Woodstock, but the excitement of watching A-list artists in action was electrifying." Monteiro is also Universal Music Malaysia's managing director.

Day two of F1 Rocks was headlined by No Doubt and also featured ZZ Top, N.E.R.D. and Simple Minds. The artist sets were an hour late but there were no other problems. For the Sept. 26 closing day event, more than 9,000 fans watched Black Eyed Peas, DJ Havana Brown, and the debut performance by Beyonce in Singapore.

Two television programs will be produced from F1 Rocks. The first hour-long show features the glamorous world of Formula One racing with celebrity interviews, lifestyle features and unique performances. The second program will be a music special showcasing the best live music performances and interviews.

F1 Rocks has been sold to broadcasters in around 180 countries. In the U.K., a 65-minute concert package will air on Channel at 11.45pm on Oct. 2.

The concerts are organized by Universal Music Group International (UMGI) joint venture All the Worlds, the event production company, in partnership with racing body Formula One Administration Ltd. John Giddings of the Solo Agency is global agent and promoter, LG is the sponsor.

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