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Manila concerts you shouldn't miss in 2018

Manila concerts you shouldn't miss in 2018

2017 was a great year for concerts in Manila - Coldplay finally made it to Philippine shores, Phoenix played to "the best singing crowd ever", and Slayer rocked the Kia Theatre (without moshing).

2018 is also shaping up quite nicely already, with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, two One Direction members, and indie pop's biggest acts playing concerts in the first half of the year.

While we're still waiting for more female artists to drop by (Dear Lorde, Manila is waiting), here are the shows you should watch out for in 2018: 


Cynthia Alexander

Cynthia Alexander is set to return to Manila with a new album in tow - Even Such Is Time. The folk songstress announced in October 2017 that she was working on her new record, and asked fans for help via an Indiegogo campaign. Alexander will be joined by indie folk-pop nine-piece Ben&Ben in her much-awaited album launch.

When: January 13, 2018

Where: Music Museum

Tickets: 2,500 PHP, 2,000 PHP, 1,500 PHP1,000 PHP

For tickets, contact OPM office at 631-1022 / 633 0640, SOS Movement office at 6310771 / 09178017270 or Music Museum at 721 0635 / 721 6726. Tickets can also be purchased in all Ticketworld outlets nationwide. 


Tricot

Thanks to Terno Recordings, Japanese math rock outfit Tricot are heading back to Manila. The Kyoto-based band released their third album, '3' in early 2017 and have also made their touring drummer, Yuusuke Yoshida, a full-time member by the end of their world tour. The band will be coming to Manila as an official four-piece in 2018.

When: January 16, 2018

Where: 19 East

Tickets: 1,000 PHP (Early Bird), 1,500 PHP (Regular)

Tickets go on sale on November 27 via Thisispop! Records and Artwork (Glorietta and UP Town Center).


ONE OK ROCK

ONE OK ROCK are heading back to Asia with their biggest tour to date. The Japanese rock band will be returning to Manila with their eighth studio album, Ambitions. The band was originally slated to support Linkin Park's Japan tour, prior to the passing of Chester Bennington. ONE OK ROCK's Taka Moriuchi took part in the Chester Bennington tribute show at the Hollywood Bowl. 

When: January 29, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 8,000 PHP, 6,000 PHP, 5,000 PHP, 4,000 PHP,  2,500 PHP 

Tickets available via SM Tickets.


Foster the People

 

Foster The People will be making their return to Manila, as part of their Sacred Hearts Club Tour. The band released their third studio album, Sacred Hearts Club, in July, which spawned the singles 'Doing It For The Money', 'Loyal Like Sid & Nancy' and 'Sit Next To Me'. This will be the band's second time in Manila, having made their debut in the country last 2012.

When: January 26, 2018

Where: Kia Theatre

Tickets: 5,250 PHP, 4,725 PHP, 3,675 PHP, 2,625 PHP

 


The xx

" I've got very high expectations for that show, that's the show I'm especially looking forward to."

- The xx's Oliver Sim on their return to Manila in 2018.

The Mercury Prize-winning trio made their Manila debut in 2013 to a packed crowd at the NBC tent. The band was in Asia in early 2017, but didn't have time for a proper Asian tour. The xx are set to return in the first quarter of 2018 to promote their latest record, I See You.

When: February 7, 2018

Where: World Trade Center

Tickets: 5,250 PHP, 4,250 PHP, 3,250 PHP, 2,250 PHP, 1,390 PHP*, 555 PHP*

Get tickets via My Music Taste and *Astroplus.


KARD

K-pop group KARD are bringing their WILD KARD TOUR to Asia this January and February 2018, presented by MyMusicTaste. The group made their debut in 2016, and have since garnered attention not only for their co-ed status — mixing male and female members, a rarity in the landscape of K-pop — but also their unique and boundary-defining pop sound. 

When: February 9, 2018

Where: Kia Theatre

Tickets: 6,890 PHP, 4,880 PHP, 2,440 PHP

Get tickets via Ticketnet.


Oh Wonder

Oh Wonder, the British indie-electronic duo who first graced our shores in a local music festival in 2016, are set to make their third trip back to Manila. The duo, composed of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, visited the country one year later and performed to a sold-out crowd in Samsung Hall. Check out what happened in their 2017 concert.

On their third time back in Manila, Oh Wonder will join the likes of LANY, The Moffatts, Against The Current, and The 1975, on the long list of acts who have previously performed in Metro Manila mall shows. (Here's a look at what happens in Filipino mall shows.)

When: February 16, 17, and 18, 2018

Where: Greenbelt, UP Town Center, Alabang Town Center

Tickets: TBA


Incubus

Incubus are back with their latest album, 8. Released 20 years after their debut record, the new album was co-produced and mixed by Skrillex. The band is returning to Manila for the fifth time next year, 14 years after their first visit in 2004. 

When: February 17, 2018

Where: Araneta Coliseum

Tickets: 6,905 PHP, 5,905 PHP, 3,905 PHP, 1,905 PHP, 1,005 PHP

Tickets on sale November 21, 10 AM via Ticketworld.


Paramore

Paramore are set to visit Manila for the first time since 2013, making their 2018 performance their third visit in Manila. In May 2017, the band released their fifth studio album, After Laughter to critical acclaim, but got mixed reactions from long-time fans. The band dives into 80's synthpop territory in the new record, leaving behind their pop-punk sound, which fans have grown accustomed to. Paramore's Manila concert is the only Southeast Asian date on the calendar so far, with the band touring in Australia in early February 2018. 

When: August 23, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 8,000 PHP, 6,890 PHP, 4,876 PHP, 2,756 PHP, 1,855 PHP, 1,325 PHP (SOLD OUT)


Sobs x Subsonic Eye

Singaporean record label Middle Class Cigars have announced their first overseas tour for indie pop trio Sobs and alternative dream pop act Subsonic Eye. The bands will be touring Asian in late February and early March and are set to perform in Manila alongside the likes of Ourselves the Elves, Memory Drawers, Ruru, and more.

When: March 2, 2018

Where: Mow's

Tickets: 500 PHP, 700 PHP

Reserve tickets here.


Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony are returning to Manila with their brand new self-titled album. The all-girl group was last in Manila in April 2017 for their 7/27 tour (and to watch Coldplay). The group will be bringing their PSA tour to Asia after a full North American, South American, and Australian tour. 

When: March 6, 2018

Where: Kia Theatre

Tickets: 6,500 PHP, 5,000 PHP, 4,500 PHP,  3,000 PHP

Tickets on sale via Ticketnet. 


Beach Fossils

American indie rock band Beach Fossils are coming to Manila for the first time this March. The band made their highly-anticipated return to the music scene last June with their album Somersault, where the band shifted to uncharted musical territory with more complex instrumentation and a refined songwriting style.

When: March 14, 2018

Where: Social House

Tickets: 1,700 PHP, 2,000 PHP

Get tickets here.


Neck Deep

Pop punk act Neck Deep are taking The Peace and The Panic Tour to Manila in 2018. The band is currently on tour in support of their new album, The Peace and The Panic - their first record with guitarist Sam Bowden as an official member. Neck Deep: The Peace and The Panic Tour Manila is presented by Bazooka Rocks.

When: March 16, 2018

Where: Skydome, SM North EDSA

Tickets:  3,500 PHP, 2,500 PHP

Tickets are set to go on sale on December 16 via SM Tickets.


John Legend

John Legend will be returning to Manila for his highly anticipated Darkness And Light World Tour.  His latest album, Darkness and Light debuted on the Top 20 of the Billboard 200 and was streamed over 12 million times on its first week of release. His 2018 concert will mark his second time in Manila, 4 years since his first visit in 2014.

When: March 21, 2018

Where: Araneta Coliseum

Tickets:  8,400 PHP, 6,300 PHP, 5,250 PHP, 4,200 PHP, 2,630 PHP, 1,050 PHP 

Tickets are set to go on sale on November 30, 10 AM via Ticketnet.


Katy Perry

Katy Perry is taking her WITNESS: The Tour to Asia next year. Aside from Manila, the pop singer will also be visiting Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta. The ongoing world tour is in support of  Katy Perry's latest record, Witness which was released earlier this year.

When: April 2, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 19,540 PHP, 16,370 PHP, 13,200 PHP,  6,870 PHP, 2,640 PHP

Tickets go on sale on December 11, 2017 at 12 PM via SM Tickets. 


LANY

Manila is a city of firsts for LANY. Wanderland 2017 was the first time a crowd of that magnitude showed up just to see the band play and their series of five shows in August was their very first mall show experience. Paul Jason Klein, Jake Goss, and Les Priest are set to return to Manila to play their first-ever arena show in the iconic Araneta Coliseum. 

When: April 5 & 6, 2018

Where: Araneta Coliseum

Tickets: 3,710 PHP, 3,180 PHP, 2,650 PHP, 2,120 PHP, 1,590 PHP, 1,060 PHP (SOLD OUT)


Counterparts and Stray From The Path

Canadian hardcore punk band, Counterparts and American metalcore band, Stray From The Path are set to tour Southeast Asia for the first time this April. Counterparts have been in the scene for over a decade, with their latest record, You're Not You Anymore being released in 2017 to rave reviews. Stray From The Path are considered veterans in the metalcore scene, with their debut dating back to 2001. Their latest record, Only Death Is Real was released in September of 2017.

When: April 10, 2018

Where: GT Toyota Asian Center Auditorium

Tickets: 900 PHP

Reserve tickets via Sleeping Boy Collective.


Zedd

Zedd is making another trip back to Asia next year. The producer was just in Manila last September as a headliner for Road to Ultra: Philippines, but he's coming back sooner than expected for a full concert. Zedd is taking his Echo Tour to Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, and Manila in 2018. The Grammy Award Winner is currently working on his third studio album.

When: April 13, 2018

Where: Araneta Coliseum

Tickets: 5,090 PHP, 4,030 PHP, 1,015 PHP

Pre-sale starts on December 18. Click here for more details. Tickets are set to go on sale to the general public on December 22, 11 AM via Ticketnet.


Sandwich

Sandwich is turning 20 this year and has already kicked off the celebrations with the release of their new single, 'Time Lapse'. The band will officially celebrate their 20th birthday with Under the Glow of the Satellite:  Sandwich's 20th Anniversary Concert.  In an interview with Bandwagon, guitarist Diego Castillo shares that they're toying with the idea of performing 20 songs from their complete discography and recently had a listening session to try and choose what they all wanted to do. Castillo admitted it was much harder than he expected, having a total of 8 albums in their discography. 

When: April 13, 2018

Where: Metrotent Convention Center

Tickets: 900 PHP VIP, 1,500 PHP <S>VIP - includes limited edition vinyl)

Tickets are now on sale via SM Tickets.


The Script

The Script are heading back to Southeast Asia with their new album, Freedom Child. The new album went straight to number 1 in the UK on the day of its release. Despite their hiatus in 2015, it seems like Filipino fans have not forgotten the Irish three-piece. The band's 'The Man Who Can't Be Moved', 'Breakeven', and latest single, 'Rain', are all in Spotify Philippines Top 200 Playlist. 

When: April 14, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 12,000 PHP VIP Experience, 8,500 PHP VIP, 7,500 Patron, 6,000 PHP Lower Box A, 4,000 PHP Lower Box B, 2,500 PHP Upper Box, and 1,000 PHP General Admission. 

Tickets are on sale via SM Tickets.


Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is finally taking his critically acclaimed 24K Magic World Tour to Manila in 2018. The Filipino-American pop star was last in Manila in 2014, where he played to a sold-out crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena. Tickets to the award-winning performer's 2018 Manila show were sold out in less than an hour and a second show was announced shortly by promoters MMI Live. Tickets were snapped up for the second night as well, leaving both concert dates officially sold out. 

When: May 3 & 4, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 23,850 PHP, 8,850 PHP, 13,250 PHP, 8,480 PHP, 4,770 PHP, 2,650 PHP (SOLD OUT)


Ed Sheeran

Originally slated for a full Asian tour in late 2017, Ed Sheeran was forced to cancel and postpone some of his shows due to a cycling accident. The singer-songwriter fell off his bike while cycling on the streets of London and injured his wrist and arm, making him unable to play the guitar in time for the tour kick-off in Taipei. Sheeran was gutted to announce that he had to reschedule his shows, especially his Manila concert, where he claims he has his biggest market in the world. Filipino Sheerios need not worry, as the troubadour will be back in Manila by early 2018 to perform 'A Team', 'Lego House', 'Thinking Out Loud', and tracks off his latest album, Divide.

When: April 8, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Concert Grounds

Tickets: 13,040 PHP, 11,450 PHP, 8,290 PHP, 4,060 PHP,  3,010 PHP, 1,950 PHP (SOLD OUT)


EXO

PULP Live World has confirmed that K-pop act EXO are returning to Manila later this year. The group's last visit to the Philippines was in 2017, when they played 2 sold-out nights at the Araneta Coliseum. EXO will be bringing their EXO Planet #4: The EℓyXiOn tour to the Philippines this year.

When: April 28, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 12,500 PHP, 7,500 PHP, 3,500 PHP

Tickets are available on February 25 via SM Tickets.


METZ

Formed in 2008, METZ are Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass). Their self-titled 2012 debut was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, while their sophomore album II was longlisted. METZ are currently on tour supporting their third album, Strange Peace, and will be bringing their electrifying show Asia later this May. 

When: May 31, 2018

Where: Mow's Bar

Tickets: 600 PHP

Reserve tickets via Sleeping Boy Collective.


Niall Horan

Niall Horan just released his solo record, Flicker (which debuted at number 1) and is set to embark on a world tour in support of the new album. Horan made his Philippine debut with One Direction in that infamous Manila concert in 2015 (the one where Zayn didn't show up and announced he was leaving the group six days later) and returned for a quiet solo trip to Boracay in early 2016. The singer-songwriter made the rounds in Asia in early 2017 to promote his solo work and will be back in the region next year. The troubadour will perform tracks off his new album, as well as a few 1D favorites. Fans will also get a chance to meet-and-greet the pop star, as well as watch him and his band during soundcheck. 

When: June 10, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 33,800 PHP Meet-and-Greet Package, 6,784 PHP VVIP Standing,  5,512 PHP VIP Seating, 5,512 PHP Patron, 4,240 PHP Lower Box, 2,968 PHP Upper Box, 7,800 PHP Soundcheck Upgrade

Limited tickets are available via SM Tickets.


Harry Styles

Harry Styles released his self-titled debut album in early 2017, which was generally well-received by fans and critics. The One Direction singer is currently on a world tour promoting his new record and was also lauded for his choice of support acts - country singer Kasey Musgraves, soul singer-songwriter Leon Bridges, and American indie rock outfit Warpaint. Warpaint will be joining Styles on his Asian tour, with shows in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Osaka, and Tokyo. (Here's a peek into what's in store for the Asian leg of Harry Styles Live on Tour.)

When: May 1, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 6,890 PHP, 5,830 PHP, 3,975 PHP, 2,650 PHP, 1,325 PHP  (SOLD OUT) 

*You can still get tickets to Harry Styles' Singapore concert on May 3rd. Get tickets here.


Celine Dion

Celine Dion is finally making her way to Manila this year, after being forced to cancel her 2014 appearance. The pop diva is going on a full Asian tour, with stops in Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Thailand. Dion has been a legend in pop music performing the title track of Disney's Beauty And The Beast, and the signature song from the 1997 blockbuster Titanic. Fans can expect Dion to belt out hit such as 'My Heart Will Go On', 'Because You Loved Me', 'Beauty And The Beast' and more during her performances over the tour. 

When: July 19 & 20, 2018

Where: Mall of Asia Arena

Tickets: 35,380 PHP, 32,210 PHP, 19,540 PHP, 16,370 PHP, 7,920 PHP, 2,640 PHP

Tickets available via SM Tickets.

 

Kehlani

Yes, you should definitely be here experiencing the good life at Kehlani’s first ever concert in Manila! The R&B star behind the tracks “Distracted” and “CRZY” promises an unforgettable experience with a night full of sweet, sexy, and savage performances. The songstress also brought famous OSTs to life for movies like Suicide Squad with “Gangsta” and her collaboration with G-Eazy for The Fate of the Furious with “Good Life”.

When: May 25, 2018

Where: The Island at The Palace

For table reservations, contact 0917 689 8888.

 

Halsey

It’s now or never, Halsey fans - the Halsey Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour is coming to Manila! Get a chance to be closer to the American singer-songwriter as she brings color to your world with tracks like “Hold Me Down”, “Bad at Love”, and “Ghost”. Experience the feeling of seeing the GRAMMY Award-nominated multi-platinum songstress live on her first time performing in the Philippines.

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour is her second headlining concert tour in support of her second full-length album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Joining Halsey as a special guest for the tour’s Asian leg is NIKI, a rising R&B singer from Jakarta, Indonesia.

When: August 10, 2018

Where: SMART Araneta Coliseum

Tickets and ticket prices will be available soon at TicketNet.

 

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey fans are definitely filled with so many emotions after the pop diva announces her return to Manila for a one-night concert! The award-winning songstress - and by award-winning, we’re talking about 5 Grammys, 9 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade, and more - is set to bless us yet again with her iconic songs and live performances. Love definitely took its time as the “songbird supreme” last visit to the Philippines was in 2014, so Filipino fans are definitely looking forward to this one sweet day.

When: October 26, 2018

Where: SMART Araneta Coliseum

Tickets: 25,200 PHP, 15,750 PHP, 12,600 PHP, 10,500 PHP, 8,400 PHP, 4,200 PHP, 1,945 PHP

Tickets are available via TicketNet.

 

 


Here's a list of 2018 concerts in Singapore.

Last Updated:  27 February 2018

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