Next up: Fall Out Boy, Celine Dion, Sam Smith, and more

We’ve had a pretty awesome lineup of bands and musicians perform live in Singapore so far this year, and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to stop anytime soon. The universe continues to bless us with performances from the likes of biggies like singing diva Celine Dion, indie-folk sweetheart Iron & Wine, Welsh rock band Stereophonics and even even the legendary Sir Elton John. Here’s what you can look forward to in 2018 and beyond.
 

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 $88-268 via Apac Tix. 8pm, The Star Theatre
 

Cosmo Pyke (Apr 26)


He may only be 20 years old, but Cosmo Pyke is well beyond his years. This South London singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist grew up listening to a repertoire of neo-soul, blues, jazz and hip hop, which pretty much explains his music. He doesn't even have a full-length album yet—just a warm, five-track EP titled Just Cosmo—but he's already selling out headline tours everywhere. He takes inspiration from his everyday experiences growing up in Peckham and the simple pleasures in life, though he has been described as "socially conscious" in an interview with The Guardian last year. Music aside, he's also a skater, a graffiti artist and a model (he's done work for Versace and Lanvin). He's also appeared in Frank Ocean's music video for "Nikes", which he reportedly did for just £75. Tickets are $55 via Ticketbox. 8pm, The Pavilion at Far East Square
 

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
 

FKJ + Bondax (May 1)



FKJ / Bondax

Local promoters Moonbeats Asia is throwing a massive All Play, No Work party this Labour Day with a double-bill line-up featuring French multi-instrumentalist and singer FKJ and English electronic music duo Bondax. Kicking the night off is Singapore's iconic Eatmepoptart, with KidG on deck duty to dish out indie-flavored everything, followed by FKJ, who'll be performing a bunch of new material on top of his already sensual set of dance and electronic hits for his live show. And just a little over a year after their second appearance in Singapore, Bondax is back to close the night with their genre-defying tracks we've all grown to love. Tickets are priced from $65 via Ticketbox. 7:30pm, The Pavilion at Far East Square
 

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, Singapore Indoor Stadium
 

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. 8pm, The Star 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
 

Stereophonics (May 8)


It's evident that Stereophonics has loyal fans in Singapore. They made their debut at the Fort (with The Great Spy Experiment as the opening act), rocking out to a 5000-strong crowd. And then they came back to rock out the Fort again in 2010 (remember that slipper incident?) and once more at The Coliseum in 2013. Now they’re returning, stronger than ever. Their most recent record, Scream Above The Sound, was released in October to mixed reviews. But one thing’s for sure, these guys know how to rock a stage and never fail to pull in new audiences with every release. They’ve played at huge festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and have toured together with the likes of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Who. Tickets are $118 via Sistic. 8pm, Zepp @ Big Box Singapore
 

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
 

Kehlani (May 23)


If you've been following all the performances on Coachella very closely, you would've known that Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kehlani made an appearance during rapper Cardi B’s set. She’s featured on B’s debut album Invasion of Privacy, which recently topped the Billboard chart. Apart from the surprise appearance at Coachella, Kehlani's been enjoying the successes of her first two commercial mixtapes and debut record right now. But things weren't always so smooth-sailing for her. Growing up, she was taken in and adopted by her aunt while her mom, who was struggling with drug addiction, did her time in prison. Her dad passed away when she was just a baby. She later went to Oakland School for the Arts and studied ballet and modern dance. Though she had set her sights on Juilliard, she suffered an injury and shifted her focus to singing. She had her first taste of fame as a member of Poplyfe, but quickly left after the end of season six of America's Got Talent. Over the next couple of years, she ended up homeless, often couchsurfing wherever she could until Nick Cannon threw her a lifeline after hearing her first solo track on SoundCloud. Since then, it's been nothing but an upward direction for Kehlani. Throughout the years, Kehlani takes it upon herself to say it exactly how it is. Her critically acclaimed record SweetSexySavage is a brutally honest one where she waxes lyrical about her life, pain, passion, love, triumph and everything in between. Tickets are priced at $118 via Sistic. 8pm, Zepp @ Big Box Singapore
 

Air Supply (Jun 5)


Talk about a massive throwback. Though they were just here last year, these guys really know how to rock a love ballad. You could take your dad to see these guys as an early Father’s Day gift, or have a ball of your time if you’re an old soul. The duo, singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock, have been making seemingly simple yet majestic songs for a whopping 43 years, accumulating eight Top 10 hits and numerous accolades and achievements; including a Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) Million-Air Certificate and being inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association’s (ARIA) Hall of Fame. Records like Lost In Love, The One You Love, Now & Forever and The Greatest Hits have sold more than 20 million copies. Make new memories or relive old ones and sing along to some of the most recognizable hits like “All Out of Love”, “Goodbye” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” or slightly newer ones from their 2010 record—essentially their 17th one—Mumbo Jumbo, like “Dance with Me”. Tickets are priced from $88 via Sports Hub Tix. 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium
 

Boyce Avenue (Jun 7)


This American rock band rise to success came in the form of distinctive covers and soulful originals back in YouTube's early days. With such strong acoustic roots and melodic rock vocals, it wasn't hard for the world to completely devour their music. Over the year, these charming siblings have amassed a loyal digital fan base, with more than three million Facebook likes and half a million Twitter followers. Now with three original records and 19 cover EPs to boot, Boyce Avenue is back in Singapore after three years to serenade you with a smorgasbord of original songs and covers. Tickets are priced from $98 via Apac Tix. 8pm, The Star 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
 

Halsey (Aug 8)



Photo credit: Halsey's Facebook page

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, otherwise better known as Halsey, started out releasing music on her own social media platforms before being signed to US-based record label and unit of Universal Music Group, Astralwerks, in 2014. Before reaching mainstream success with her debut studio record Badlands, which has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, she was touring together with bands like The Kooks and Imagine Dragons to promote her EP, Room 93. She became more recognized after collaborating with The Chainsmokers in the widely recognized hit, "Closer". Her sophomore studio album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom was met with even greater success, having topped the US Billboard 200. Music aside, she's also heavily involved in social activism like suicide prevention awareness and sexual assault advocacy (see her deliver a powerful speech at the New York City Women's March earlier this year). At the moment, she's only announced on Facebook that she'll be making her way to Singapore in August, but ticketing and venue details are still in the works. 
 

Boyzone (Aug 21)


Nostalgia continues to seep into 2018 as these celebrated Irish “boys” return to Singapore once again, this time to celebrate their 25th anniversary. You may have missed watching them live in Singapore when you were growing up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make up for it now. Over the years, we’ve seen musicians who once sang the soundtrack of our youths drop by our sunny island, such as Backstreet Boys (who came twice in the last five years), Incubus, S Club, The Moffatts, Sum 41, Dashboard Confessional and so many more. Now you can relive your puppy love years and/or meaningless heartbreaks as Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Ronan Keating (R.I.P. Stephen Gately, you are missed) perform chart-topping hits you probably know by heart like “Picture of You”, “Words”, “Baby Can I Hold you Tonight” and more from their 25-year discography of six studio records and seven compilations. Tickets are priced from $98 via Sports Hub Tix. 8pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium
 

Sam Smith (Oct 2)


Sam Smith may be enjoying a very cheeky and public relationship with 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn at the moment, but he's really got a lot going for him. He first broke out onto the scene when he laid vocals for Disclosure’s hit single “Latch” back in 2012, and subsequently on Naughty Boy’s “La La La” right after releasing his first single, “Lay Me Down”. Just months later, he won the 2014 Brit Critics' Choice Award and BBC's Sound of 2014 poll. His debut record In the Lonely Hour was well-received among critics and fans alike, with all the singles achieving worldwide success At the 2014 Grammy Awards, he scooped up four out of six awards he was nominated for, including Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Since then, he's been gaining even more traction with the release of his sophomore album, The Thrill of It All, of which the lead single "Too Good at Goodbyes" debuted at #1 in the UK and #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Ticket details to be announced. 7pm, Singapore Indoor Stadium
 

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