They say everything is bigger in Texas: steaks, shoulder pads, and execution statistics for starters. It also holds true of grand prix parties, for this week you’ll see more street demos, more fancy dress, and more late-night raving than anywhere else on the calendar.

Ground Zero will be the Amber Lounge, flown in this weekend from its Monaco base and boasting among its glittering clientele Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria, whose children’s charity Eva’s Heroes is benefitting from the gig. Swedish House Mafia singer John Martin will perform, and heading up the DJ duties is F1-SD pal DJ Lora from London.

The new venue is at 612 West 4th Street in the atmospheric warehouse district of downtown Austin, and the party kicks off from 10:30pm till late Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is ladies’ night for F1 personnel, while Sunday is the big draw for F1 drivers with nothing to do between then and FP1 in Interlagos. Expect a few big-name celebs both nights. Individual passes are $380 for Sat, $540 for Sun, and VIP packages and tables are available. Visit for all the info.


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