Next up: Fall Out Boy, Celine Dion, Daniel Caesar and more

Apart from a couple of cancellations, 2017 has certainly come through to be a ridiculously great year for live concerts. The universe has blessed us with performances from some of the biggest acts in the world, as well as a good mix of smaller bands and incredible lineups at the recent Laneway and upcoming SingJazz. But as we traverse 2018, we like what we see so far. Here’s what you can look forward to this year, and beyond.
 

Peach Pit (Feb 28-Mar 1)


Photo credit: Lester Lyons-Hookham (taken from Peach Pit's Facebook page)

It's the perfect blend of lazy summer feels and teen angst. Canadian indie pop outfit Peach Pit may only have been around since mid-2016, but they've already amassed quite a sizeable fanbase because of their crazy fun live sets (their first show here in Singapore is already sold out). They released their first EP titled Sweet FA in 2016, and followed up with their debut record Being So Normal a year later. These guys decided to quit their day jobs—rhythm guitarist Neil Smith and Peter Wilton as Amazon delivery drivers, drummer Christopher Vanderkooy as a staff at a local brewery in Vancouver and guitarist Mikey Pascuzzi as a carpenter—to hit the road and tour for the first time in North America and Europe. Tickets are only available for the second night (Mar 1) at $40 each via Ticket Box. 7:30pm, SLED Productions x Decline
 

Garden Beats Festival (Mar 3)

If you're lovin all the festivals and block parties that Sunshine Nation throws (think IMI Festival and Sunshine Nation Break Party), then you know you’re in good hands when it comes to their now-annual electronic garden picnic, done with a twist. Now in its fourth run, Garden Beats returns with yet another good mix of local and international artists, as well as a whole slew of fringe activities to keep you occupied at Fort Canning Park. On the bill this year are rising pop multi-instrumentalist Youngr, who just released his debut feel-good EP This Is Not An Album just three days ago (Jan 5); Canadian beat maestro Pomo, whose music has garnered support from the likes of R&B Haitian-Canadian artist Kaytranada and English electronic duo Disclosure; German deep house producers Andhim; and tropical drum and percussion siblings hailing from the Philippines, Hernandez Brothers. Of course, our very own indie-electronic artists will be flying our flag at the festival too—two-piece outfit featuring Weish and Din, .gif; funk duo Fat Fish Familia; and bassy electronic music producer and Here Now Concepts' director, Jerls. Ticket are priced at from $85 (early bird) via Ticketflap. 1pm, Fort Canning Park
 

Shane Filan (Mar 10)


Photo credit: Shane Filan's Facebook page

Anyone who grew up in the late '90s to the early noughties would remember the ridiculous influx of girl- and boy-bands taking over radio airwaves (and our lives and mixtapes) every other day. Irish boyband Westlife, who was signed by Simon Cowell, did pretty well all over the world, but called it quits in 2012. Ex-frontman Shane Filan took the opportunity to launch his solo career right after. Now armed with three albums, he’s making a date with Singapore once again; and this time it isn't a private showcase. He's covered NSync's "This I Promise You” in his third and most recent record, Love Always, along with a couple of his personal favorite love ballads, like Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" and Bryan Adams' "Heaven". Tickets are going for $118 and $138 via Sistic. 8pm, The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
 

I Love 90s (Mar 10)


S Club

Nostalgia continues to trickle into 2018 as three big-ish 90s band make their way here. We've already seen the likes of The Moffatts, Guns N' Roses, Sum 41, Dashboard Confessional, Air and even Britney Spears perform on our soil in 2017. Next year, Next year, ‘90s English pop trio 911, boy band 5ive (formed by the same team that managed the Spice Girls) and pop outfit S Club will be coming to Singapore to perform hits that made their careers (and the soundtrack of your youth) at The Star Theatre. You can probably expect hits like 911’s “Bodyshakin’”, 5ive’s “Until the Time is Through” and S Club’s “Bring It Back” throughout the two-hour “I Love 90s” concert. Tickets are priced at $98-178 via Sistic8pm, The Star Theatre
 

Daniel Caesar (Mar 13-14)


Photo credit: Daniel Caesar's Facebook page

Soulful, vulnerable and romantic—three words that would perfectly sum up Canadian R&B and soul singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar's music. The 2017 breakout artist has already rounded up two Grammy nominations for best R&B album for his debut studio album, Freudian; and best R&B performance (alongside the likes of Kehlani, Bruno Mars, SZA and Ledisi) for the song "Get You" which features Kali Uchis. The reason why everyone wants a piece of him is partly because of the honesty portrayed in all of his music—more classic soul, sensual and about real, heart-felt issues as opposed to today’s synth-heavy hits (we still love those, don’t get us wrong)—and of course… that evergreen voice. This probably also explains why his first show sold out within minutes. And although the organizers announced a second show after fans explicitly mourned in solidarity for not being able to get tickets, that too sold out just as quickly. To prevent scalpers, the organizers released this statement on Facebook: "Third Party tickets such as ones bought on Carousell or any other 3rd party ticketing sites will not be accepted for Daniel Caesar or any Collective Minds events. The name on your ticket has to match the name on your identification card or document. We will be scanning tickets and checking ID cards, so please ensure you bring an appropriate form of identification along. We will be enforcing a no identification no entry policy." Pretty harsh, but very necessary. Looks like there’s no other way of seeing Caesar unless you already have a ticket. 8pm, The Pavilion at Far East Square.
 

Fifth Harmony (Mar 14)

Even with Camila Cabello's exit in 2016, Fifth Harmony has been going strong. The group was just here in April for “The 7/27” Tour in April this year, but has since released a self-titled third album just five months after that. "Down", the lead single off the album which features American rapper Gucci Mane, was written and inspired by the group's camaraderie and hardships they've faced together (apt, since it's their first one without Cabello). Now they’re back for their latest “PSA tour”, performing songs from their current album like “Por Favor” (which really does sound like a sexy Spanglish reggaeton version of Usher and Kelly Rowland’s 2004 hit “My Boo”), as well as past hits like “Work From Home”, “Worth It” and “BO$$”. Tickets are $138 via Sistic8pm, Zepp @ Big Box Singapore
 

Tinariwen (Mar 24)


Photo credit: Marie Planeille

Saharan blues group Tinariwen is making their debut in Singapore. It's exactly this kind of world music that Singapore has been short of for so long (RIP World of Music, Arts and Dance [WOMAD] Singapore, 1998-2007; please come back). The band is made up of Tuareg musicians from a tribe descendant of nomadic people in the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. Besides their enthralling blues grooves, bask in their invigorating stage presence and showmanship as they perform in traditional outfits and Tagelmust turbans. Their music is rooted in traditional Tuareg music, but you can really hear the influence of other music greats like Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley. Being the rebels that they are, their music focuses on political awakening, repression, sovereignty, problems of exile and the continuous political conflict in their hometown of Northern Mali as it struggles to be independent. They've come a long way since their formation in 1979, and earned themselves a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album for their record Tassili in 2012. Tickets are priced from $48 via Sistic. 7:30pm, Esplanade Concert Hall

Lany (Mar 29)

Barely months after their sold-out show in August, Los Angeles-based indie pop trio LANY is returning to Singapore for a one-night-only show at Capitol Theatre. Quite the upgrade, seeing as their debut show here was held at *SCAPE The Ground Theatre. Still, releasing a self-titled debut album that peaked at number four on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart does things for you. The group, made of Paul Jason Klein, Leslie Priest and Jake Goss, was formed in Nashville in only 2014. They’ve since toured with the likes of Troye Sivan, Ellie Goulding and Halsey. This time round, expect the band’s same R&B-infused dreamy pop and atmospheric synths, bound to please even the most mainstream of Spotify (ab)users. Two shows in the span of a year should be reason enough to have you scrambling for tickets. Tickets are priced at $88 via Apac Tix8pm, Capitol Theatre
 

SingJazz 2018 (Apr 6-8)


Ray Parker at SingJazz 2017

Hot diggity damn. The fifth anniversary edition is working out to be a music festival not to be missed, flexing a host of star-studded jazz, soul, blues, Latin, funk, R&B, hip-hop, world music and electro swing stars who are coming to perform. Like last year, acts are divided into “The Main Stage” and “The Late Show”—the ultimate late-night concert experience for night owls and party-goers.  For the former, the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Jamie Cullum, and Parov Stelar will take the waterfront stage at the MBS Event Plaza; Hathaway, with five Grammys in the bag for R&B performances, performs exclusively on Apr 7. Other acts to look forward to include acid jazz and funk royalty The Brand New Heavies, British acid jazz band Incognito, ‘Imagination’ singer-songwriter Leee John, and Singapore’s own JASSO (The Jazz Association SG Orchestra), led by local ‘King of Swing’ Jeremy Monteiro. Over at “The Late Show”, only one act has since been confirmed—but it’s powerhouse American singer-songwriter-rapper and record producer Lauryn Hill, making her Singapore debut. They also quickly announced a second wave of artists, including Grammy Award-winning “American Boy” singer Estelle, who’ll be co-headlining The Late Show with fellow Grammy Award-winners British musical outfit Soul II Soul. Also announced on the final lineup are UK musical trio GoGo Penguin whose music is largely grounded in classical and jazz sensibilities, combined with acoustic and electronic techniques; popular Indonesian jazz artist Tompi; and American hip hop producer, DJ and member of Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark. Singapore's getting a lot of love as well this year, featuring the live-looping Weish, Southeast Asia's Queen of hip hop and reggae Mas1a, the only and only Tim De Cotta, classical Chinese instrument group The Teng Ensemble and DJs Drema and Jnr Tirso. Tickets are priced from $138 via Apac Tix. Various times across two stages at Marina Bay Sands
 

Katy Perry (Apr 8)


Photo credit: Kevin Mazur

Katy Perry’s beef with certain singers in the industry is probably pop’s biggest. And whether you want to believe that her hanging out with The Weeknd wasn’t a jibe at Selena Gomez, it’s still pretty entertaining. But all pettiness aside, the otherworldly pop singer is returning to Singapore for the Asia leg of her “Witness: The Tour” at Singapore Indoor Stadium, following her previous sold out Prismatic World Tour here in 2015. Love her or hate her, Perry has received numerous awards and accolades, including four Guinness World Records, five American Music Awards, and the inclusion on the list of Forbes' "Top-Earning Women in Music". The "California Gurls" singer is now on her fifth record, Witness, and she’s not planning on stopping anytime soon. Before its release in June this year, she released three singles that saw collaborations with the likes of Bob Marley's grandson Skip Marley, “Versace” hip-hop trio Migos, and rapper Nicki Minaj. Tickets are priced from $128-348 via Sports Hub Tix8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium
 

The Script (Apr 12)

Irish trio The Script entered our lives (and hearts) back in 2008 with beautiful singles "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" and "Breakeven". Since then, their following three albums continued to bring them major success with hit singles like "Nothing", "Hall of Fame", "Superheroes" and "For the First Time". They're returning to Singapore to win us over once again with their latest #1—and fifth—studio album, Freedom Child. Tickets are $98-278 via Sports Hub Tix8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium
 

OneRepublic (Apr 23)


Photo credit: OneRepublic's Facebook page

It seems like the American pop rock quintet just can’t get enough of Singapore. They were last here to perform on the first day of the most recent Singapore Grand Prix, and that was just months ago. Known for earlier hits like "Apologize", "Stop and Stare" and "All the Right Moves", the band has grown well beyond its Myspace days (s/o to year 2002). Ticket prices are reported to be from $88-268, and will be available from 10am, Jan 26 via Apac Tix. 8pm, The Star Theatre
 

Fall Out Boy (Apr 30)

Emo and punk fans—whether in the past or secretly now—rejoiced in November when American rock band Fall Out Boy announced via Twitter that they'd be stopping by Singapore for the Asian leg of The Mania Tour next year, along with stops like Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. Just 12 years ago (let that sink in), the rock outfit made a breakthrough with their sophomore record From Under the Cork Tree, which went platinum. We were all collectively screaming and jumping around to the two hit singles, "Sugar, We're Goin Down" and "Dance Dance". Now, they have a total of seven (including Mania, set to release in January next year) to boot, proving that they're not about to just fizzle out and die like other similar bands of that era, even despite going on hiatus in 2010. Tickets are priced at $148 ($138 each, if you buy in a group, minimum 3 people), and will go on sale via Sistic. 8pm, Zepp @ Big Box Singapore
 

Harry Styles (May 3)

At his debut sold-out show this year, Harry Styles worked the crowd like a natural rock star in his floral get-up. Together with his four-piece band, Styles performed songs from his self-titled debut solo album, along with covers of rock anthems and of course, his renditions of two One Direction hits. “Due to overwhelming demand”, he’s added 56 more shows to his sold-out world tour, including one to Singapore with Warpaint. Tickets are priced from $98-228, with three VIP categories ranging from $488-888; all available via Apac Tix8pm, The Star Theatre
 

Dua Lipa (May 4)

Much can change in the course of a year. When Dua Lipa first came to Singapore for her Asia debut last May, her star was still faintly on the rise. Signed with Warner Bros Records since 2015, she presented an intimate acoustic showcase of early hits. This year, a newly inducted member of the teen pop star hall of fame, the award-winning artist is blessing us all—by returning to our shores for a full solo concert. Since the drop of her self-titled album in June last year, the 22-year-old singer has become a household name, thanks to chart-toppers like “New Rules”, “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” and “IDGAF”. “New Rules” famously became Lipa’s first number one in the UK, and has since become a worldwide teen anthem; not to mention the inspiration behind endless parody videos. Tickets are priced at $88-168 via Apac Tix from 10am, Feb 26. 8pm, Esplanade Theatre

Bruno Mars (May 6-7)

Three years after playing to a sold-out crowd in Singapore, singing sensation Bruno Mars makes his return to Singapore for his lauded “24K Magic World Tour”. The tour is in support of Mars’ latest chart-topping album, so you can expect toe-tapping hits “That’s What I Like”, “Versace on the Floor”, and of course the title track “24K Magic”, in addition to older Bruno Marks classics he’s likely to include in the setlist. The multi-platinum selling Mars last took the stage in Singapore in 2014, at his debut concert here. Tickets for both shows are sold out. 7pm (May 6) / 8pm (May 7), Singapore Indoor Stadium
 

Iron & Wine (May 14)


Photo credit: Iron & Wine's Facebook page

American singer-songwriter Sam Beam a.k.a. Iron & Wine has been well loved ever since he came on the scene back in 2002. After more than a decade, he's finally dropping by for his debut performance with a full band in Capitol Theatre. His latest record Beast Epic, which Rolling Stone Magazine states has led him to reassume his role as “indie-folk romantic on most convincing LP in years”, earned him his first Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album, up against the likes of Gregg Allman, Brent Cobb, The Mavericks and eventual winners, Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit. Tickets for the show are priced at $68-98 via Ticketbox. 8pm, Capitol Theatre
 

Celine Dion (Jul 3-4)


Photo credit: Celine Dion's Facebook page

We don’t know what we did to deserve this, but finally, after decades of releasing numerous number-one hits we all have memorized by heart (and without fail, adding to our playlists at karaoke joints), Celine Dion is now making a stop in Singapore for her Celine Dion Live 2018 Tour, which will also kick off Marina Bay Sands' 2018 Sands Live concert series. Whether it's the greatest ballad of all time, "My Heart Will Go On" (which still resounds with many people till this day), the unforgettable "The Power of Love" or the haunting "It's All Coming Back to Me Now", there’s no doubt that the singer transcends generations and touches the lives of many with her immensely powerful vocals. Ticket sale dates haven’t been announced, but members of TeamCeline, MBS Loyalty card members, and Singtel mobile subscribers will have early access in a pre-sale. 8pm, Marina Bay Sands Grand Ballroom
 

Elton John (somewhere in Nov-Dec 2019)


Photo credit: David LaChapelle

Sure, this isn’t for this year but it’s definitely worth a mention. It's always bittersweet when a music great announces they'll be going on the road for their swan song. Sir Elton John announced in January that he'd be going on his, a 300-show world tour that will last about three years before fully focusing on his family. He'll be making stops in Asia, including Singapore, somewhere in November or December next year. Tickets will be out on Nov 1 this year, so mark your calendars. More details to follow