Live gigs and concerts to catch in Singapore in 2021 — Yuming Lai, Bomsori Kim, deførmed, MICappella and more

Live gigs and concerts to catch in Singapore in 2021 — Yuming Lai, Bomsori Kim, deførmed, MICappella and more

The immense anxiety that you feel while trying to secure your tickets. The sudden adrenaline rush that you experience seconds before your favourite artist or band takes the stage. The sweet sound of live instruments and vocals in your ear.  These sensations have been sorely missed since the pandemic disrupted life as we knew it.

The wait for the resumption of live gigs has been a long one, but with Singapore now officially in Phase 3 of re-opening, the concert calendar is slowly (but surely) filling up again.

With numerous acts already lined up for the months ahead, it is only a matter of time before we get to see our favourite musicians in the flesh again. To help you keep track of everything that will be happening this year, we have compiled a list of gigs that are scheduled to take place in 2021. 

UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS/GIGS


AL!VE VOL 8 -  赖铭伟 YUMING LAI "为你而唱 (WEI NI ER CHANG)"

When: 9 April, 8 PM

Where: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: S$108, available here

Taiwanese Mandopop singer 赖铭伟 Yuming Lai gained fame for winning the second edition of the Taiwanese singing competition One Million Star. Following his stint on the show, he made a strong debut with his 2016 album 内心话, which earned him a nomination for the coveted Best Male Taiwanese Singer award at the 28th Golden Melody Awards. Catch him live at the Capitol Theatre this April.


SAMRUPA - BHASKAR'S SWATHI'S ORCHESTRA

When: 16 April, 745 PM and 915 PM

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Tickets: Free

Singapore's Bhaskar's Swathi Orchestra will offer a bite-sized version of a katcheri at their Esplanade Outdoor Theatre performances. Be sure to keep an ear out for multi-cultural elements that will be incorporated into the show. 


AL!VE VOL 11 - 周蕙 WHERE CHOU

When: 17 April, 8 PM

Where: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: S$128, available here

Mandopop sensation 周蕙 Where Chou will take the Capitol Theatre stage on 17 April. Since breaking onto the scene more than two decades ago, she has won the hearts of many with her sweet-sounding vocals. Expect to hear classics such as '约定', '不想让你知道', and '风铃', as well as new hits during her performance. 


BOMSORI KIM IN RECITAL

When: 18 April, 4 PM

Where: Victoria Concert Hall

Tickets: S$25, S$40 and S$60, available here

Acclaimed South Korean violinist Bomsori Kim will perform a chamber recital of violin favourites at her Victoria Concert Hall concert. She will be joined on stage by Singapore International Piano Festival Director, Lim Yan.


DEFøRMED: PEE PEE ADVENTURE

When: 22 April, 7 PM and 815 PM

Where: Esplanade Concourse

Tickets: Free

Singaporean electronic music producer Abdul Hakiim, better known by his stage name deførmed, is known for his experimental and energetic music. Join him at the Esplanade for two performances that are guaranteed to make your "legs shake and you will want to go to the toilet". 


LOVE, MICAPPELLA LIVE IN CONCERT

When: 15 May, 5 PM, and 16 May, 8 PM

Where: Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands

Tickets: S$58, S$78, and S$98, available here

Singaporean acapella group MICappella will host their biggest live concert to date this year at the Sands Theatre in Marina Bay Sands. The sextet will perform a mix of original songs as well as modern hits, including a mash-up of BTS' 'Dynamite' and BLACKPINK's 'Ice Cream' on a specially built 360-degree stage.


YIRUMA - LIVE IN SINGAPORE 2021

When: 26 June, 8 PM

Where: The Star Theatre, The Star Arts Performing Centre

Tickets: S$98 (Standard, restricted view), S$108 (Standard, restricted view), S$128 (Standard), S$168 (Standard) and S$288 (VIP), available here

Having amassed more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube and over 2.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify since his career began nearly two decades ago, Yiruma (whose real name is Lee Ru-ma) is arguably one of the biggest contemporary pianists in the world right now. When he returns to Singapore in June, the South Korean musician will enchant fans with live performances of songs from his extensive discography, including the iconic 'River Flows In You'.


COMPLETED LIVE SHOWS/GIGS


UNFORGETTABLE CLASSICS OF YU TIAN -JOHNNY KIONG

When: 5 April, 1030 AM and 3 PM

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

Tickets: S$15, available here

Singaporean veteran vocalist Johnny Kiong will take on the greatest hits of legendary Taiwanese singer Yu Tian at his Esplanade Recital Studio show. Expect to hear songs such as 'Dusk Again' and 'Under The Banyan Tree'.


GLORY 45 - MARCUS CHIN LIVE IN CONCERT

When: 27 March, 8 PM

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

Tickets: S$30, available here

The multitalented Marcus Chin will be celebrating his 45th year in the entertainment industry with a very special concert, titled "Glory 45". During the show, Chin, who is a singer, actor, DJ and host, will entertain fans with a selection of songs and reflect on his experiences as a veteran entertainer.


BUSHMEN AND KAMALIAH LATIFF

When: 26 March, 7 PM and 830 PM

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Tickets: Free

Singaporean reggae band Bushmen will team up with Malay pop veteran Kamaliah Latiff for live renditions of beloved tunes at their Esplanade Outdoor Theatre show.


CHAMBER JAZZ BY JEREMY MONTEIRO BRADDELL HEIGHTS SYMPHONY STRING ENSEMBLE

When: 20 March, 730 PM

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

Tickets: S$68 and S$88, available here

Singapore's very own King of Swing, Jeremy Monteiro, will reunite with jazz heavyweights, Louis Soliano and Alemay Fernandez, to perform original tunes as well as standard jazz songs at his Chamber Jazz concert in March. Monteiro will also be joined by a string ensemble from the Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra and local violinist Lynette Seah.


NARYSAL

When: 20 March, 7 PM, 830 PM, 10 PM

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Tickets: Free

Known for his soulful vocals, Narysal is a singer who has a knack for telling stories through his music. Watch him perform songs such as 'Fade Away' at his concert at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.


VCH COMMUNITY CONCERT

When: 19 March, 12:30 PM and 21 March, 4 PM

Where: Victoria Concert Hall

Tickets: Free, register here

The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Joshua Tan, will present classics by Grieg and Tchaikovsky at this free community concert at the Victoria concert Hall.


DRU CHEN

When: 19 March, 7 PM, 830 PM, 10 PM

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Tickets: Free

Singapore-based Australian singer-songwriter Dru Chen counts D’Angelo, Freddie Mercury, Gentle Bones, Daniel Caesar, and Jeff Buckley among his greatest musical influences. In his eventful career, he has co-written songs with Tanya Chua and Ge Da Wei, and even written a theme song for the popular online game League of Legends.


FRISSION: AN AFTERNOON OF MUSIC

When: 13 March, 1 PM

Where: Esplanade Concourse

Tickets: Free

Singaporean acapella group Frission will present a number of tunes, ranging from Disney classics to contemporary hits, at their Esplanade concert on 13 March. 

STRING FAVOURITES - NAWARAH BAND

When: 10 March and 11 March, 745 PM

Where: Esplanade Concourse

Tickets: Free

Nawarah Band will entertain those in attendance with soothing instrumental renditions of iconic Disney tunes as well as a number of beloved modern songs this March. 


BILO BROS.

When: 7 March, 7 PM and 830 PM

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Tickets: Free

Singaporean trio Bilo Bros. have been described as guitar and rhythm maestros that draw inspiration from artists such as John Mayer and Frank Ocean. Catch them live at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre this March.


FOR NOW, THIS IS ALL WE HAVE - AERIQAH

When: 5 March, 645 PM, 8 PM, and 20 March, 630 PM, 745 PM, 9 PM

Where: Esplanade Concourse

Tickets: Free

Singaporean songstress aeriqah is known for writing personal songs that tackle issues such as mental health, heartbreak, and letting go. At her Esplanade Concourse shows, she will perform a selection of original compositions about missed opportunity and occasional epiphany.


MARK CHENG IN RECITAL

When: 3 March, 730 PM

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

Tickets: S$15, available here

Singaporean pianist Mark Cheng will present 'Dussek Piano Sonata No. 24, Op. 61 ‘Élégie Harmonique’, Granados El Amor y la Muerte: Balada de Goyescas (1911)', 'Alkan Morte de 3 Morceaux dans le genre pathétique', 'Op. 15, Liszt Funérailles des Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173', 'Janáček 1.X.1905 ‘From the Street’', and 'Myaskovsky Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 13' at the Esplanade Recital Studio in March.


THE OX AND THE SONGBIRD

When: 27 and 28 February, 1115 AM, 230 PM, 445PM

Where: PIP's PLAYbox

Tickets: Register for free here

This festive season, Jonathan Shin (flute) and Rit Xu (violin) from the Singaporean instrumental band, Lorong Boys, will regale audiences with stories and songs about two friends — an ox and a songbird — who find joy in making music together while in quarantine.


REVERIE LIVE IN CONCERT

When: 27 February, 730 PM

Where: The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre

Tickets: S$45 here

Prepare to be transported back to the 70s by Singaporean quintet Reverie. The band — which comprises Surath Godfrey (lead Vocals and guitar), Joanna Lim (keyboards, saxophone and vocals), Simon Yong (lead guitar and vocals), Hiroaki Maekawa (bass), Ken Hanrong Lin (drums, percussion and vocals) — will treat those in attendance with renditions of iconic hits from artists such as The Eagles, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Toto, Dire Straits and James Taylor.


MASALA COFFEE: TRIBUTE TO LEGENDS

When: 27 February, 7 PM

Where: Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands

Tickets: S$50 (E Reserve), S$60 (D Reserve), S$70 (C Reserve), S$90 (B Reserve), S$100 (A Reserve), S$150 (VIP Reserve), S$400 (VIP Seats for 4) and S$600 (Box Seats for 4), available here

The nine-piece band from India rose to fame seven years ago after putting their own unique spins on Tamil hits such as 'Munbe Vaa' and 'Snehithane'. For their third concert in Singapore, Masala Coffee will honour esteemed South Indian composers such as A.R. Rahman, Harris Jayaraj and Illayaraja by performing covers of their most renowned works.


WEIBIRD "AT THIRTY" WORLD TOUR 

When: Postponed to 26 February 2022

Where: Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Hall F, Level B2 at Marina Bay Sands

Tickets: S$68 (CAT 4), S$98 (CAT 3), S$128 (CAT 2), S$158 (CAT 1) and S$198 (VIP), available here

Since his career began in 2010, Taiwanese sensation WeiBird (whose real name is Wei Li-an) has released five studio albums and picked up two Golden Melody Awards and two KKBOX Music Awards. During his "At Thirty" tour, the 33-year-old will entertain fans with familiar tunes from his earlier albums as well as fresh ones from his 2020 album Sounds of My Life.


THE FRESHMAN "THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY" CONCERT

When: 20 February, 7:30 PM

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

Tickets: S$48 and S$68, available here from 9 AM on 19 January to 20 January for Esplanade&Me members. Public sales begin at 9 AM on 21 January. Or watch the recorded show for S$15 from 5 PM on 28 February to 11:59 PM on 14 March here

Carrie Yeo and Chen Diya have gone from touring with Mandopop legend Jacky Cheung to carving out a name for themselves in the local Mandopop scene in what has been an impressive 11-year run. During their belated 10th anniversary celebration (their 2020 show was cancelled because of the pandemic) at the Esplanade, the duo will perform familiar tunes such as 'Holding On' as well as new ones like 'Still'.


MUNCH! LUNCHTIME CONCERTS BACH CELLO SUITE NO. 1 BY TANG I SHYAN

When: 16 February, 12:30 PM

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

Tickets: S$10, available here

Tang I Shyan will perform Bach's iconic Cello Suite No. 1 at this lunchtime concert. She will also perform Camille Saint-Saëns' Prière, Op.158 alongside organist Phoon Yu.


LUNAR FESTIVE CLASSICS - NAFA CHINESE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

When: 13 and 14 February, 7:15 PM and 8:45 PM

Where: Esplanade Outdoor Theatre

Tickets: Free

Usher in the Year of the Ox with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' (NAFA) Chinese Chamber Orchestra. The award-winning ensemble will perform popular Chinese New Year numbers as well as a selection of classical works at their upcoming Esplanade concert.


A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NATURE OF THINGS BY SUBSONIC EYE

When: 6 February, 7:30 PM

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall

Tickets: S$25, available here

In just five years, Singapore band Subsonic Eye have grown to become one of the most exciting acts in the Southeast Asian indie rock scene. The dreamy vocals of lead singer Nur Wahidah, coupled with the unmatchable synergy between guitarists Jared Lim and Daniel Castro Borces, bassist Spencer Tan and drummer Lucas Tee give the quintet their distinctive sound — as heard in songs such as 'Cosmic Realignment' and 'Sunkissed Skin'. Fans can look forward to hearing live renditions of songs from their latest album Nature of Things as well as staples from the Subsonic Eye catalogue.


AL!VE VOLUME 4

When: 5 February, 8PM

Where: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: S$58, available here

What better way to unwind after a long week at work or school than by letting not one but six talented singers serenade you with their soothing vocals? Acts who will grace AL!VE Volume 4 include Hong Kong singer-songwriter Tien Chong, rising Singapore mandopop artist Sherman Zhuo, The Voice Singapore and Malaysia finalist Cherelle Tan, Campus Superstar second runner-up Marcus Huang, songster Wilson Huang and TinBox The Live House resident singer Relyne Ban.


AL!VE VOLUME 6

When: 30 January, 8 PM

Where: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: S$58 (from 11AM (SGT) on 8 January), available here

Hip-Hop fans will want to mark this date down on their calendars. Three of the biggest artists in the Singapore rap game right now - THELIONCITYBOY, Fariz Jabba and Mediocre Haircut Crew - are set to dazzle the crowd at the Capitol Theatre with their incredible flows during the newly added AL!VE Volume 6. 


MORE LIONS

When: 30 January, 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

Tickets: S$25, available here

More Lions was born when the minds of Greg Lyons of the Greg Lyons Quartet, a band that once played at the Blu Jaz Cafe at Kampong Glam, and Darren Moore came together. Witness these talented individuals experiment with rhythm and group interplay alongside pianist Eivind Lodemel and bassist Fabian Lee at the Esplanade on 30 January.


AL!VE VOLUME 3

When: 23 January, 8 PM

Where: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: S$118, available here

Mandopop songstress Joi Chua will take the stage in the sixth edition of IMC Live Global's AL!VE concert series. In her 25-year-long career, the 42-year-old has captured the hearts of audiences in Singapore, Taiwan and China. 


AL!VE VOLUME 2

When: 22 January, 8 PM

Where: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: S$88, available here

There are not many people who can do it like Jeremy Monteiro when it comes to swing. Since he started playing jazz music at the age of 16, Monteiro has performed alongside icons such as Ernie Watts and Simon and Garfunkel and recorded an album with American jazz record label Verve Records. Monteiro will be joined by local jazz heavyweights Louis Soliano and Alemay Fernandez, as well as Melissa Tham and Siti Iman.


DARRYL ERVIN QUINTET

When: 23 January, 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM

Where: Esplanade Recital Studio

Tickets: S$25, available here

Led by Singapore jazz veteran Darryl Ervin, the Darryl Ervin Quintet comprises Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), Sean Hong Wei (saxophone), Weixiang Tan (piano) and Christy Smith (double bass). Expect to be whisked back to the 1960s and early 1970s as they perform their own renditions of works that defined the jazz music scenes of those eras.


AL!VE VOLUME 1

When: 21 January, 8 PM

Where: Capitol Theatre

Tickets: S$58, available here

Designed to kick off IMC Live Global's in-person concert series AL!VE with a bang, AL!VE Volume 1 will be graced by Rausyanfikir singer Art Faizal, Anugerah (Suria's talent search competition) 2005 winner Hyrul Anuar, SG Mania champion Rahila Rashun, and Jive Talkin', a respected local band that has performed alongside the likes of B.B. King, Kenny G, and Gloria Estefan.