If your evenings mostly consist of tapping your feet, clapping to the beat and enjoying live performances at Singapore's top music venues, you're in for a treat. This year's concert lineup is looking mega with plenty of mainstream, underground, and downright nostalgic acts to catch. Here are the hottest upcoming music festivals, headline concerts and intimate gigs we're snapping up tickets for.
Before hopping onto the Millenium Falcon for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, let the Singapore Symphony Orchestra take you to a galaxy far, far away with the music of legendary composer John Williams. Led by Australian conductor Christoper Dragon, the orchestra is sonically reliving iconic moments from the movie franchise including the dramatic Imperial March and Leia's Theme, as well as the beautiful Across the Stars. This enthralling showcase is no doubt a musical treat for every Star Wars fan. Now, may the force be with you.
Singapore's Prince of Mandopop is playing his first National Stadium show on December 21. The Sanctuary 2.0 World Tour marks his return since his four record-breaking sold-out shows at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in August last year. Bigger and better, this enhanced version of last year's Sanctuary World Tour takes the indoor concert outdoors. Alongside stunning lighting and visual effects, the new stage is designed with two moving extensions, bridging the superstar closer to fans. Expect abstract costumes and set designs that are bound to elevate the overall show experience.
Note: tickets have sold out.
Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is flexing his raw yet captivating vocal chops through his super emotive ballads in Singapore for the first time. His introspective songwriting skill not only got singles like Someone You Loved climbing the charts week after week but has also led him to a nomination in this year's Brit Awards. The Bruises singer also recently took to the UK streets by plastering public billboards with images of his Tinder profile. If you didn't manage to match with the brazen singleton on the app, you can still spend a night with him at the Capitol Theatre on January 11.
Get stoked – American indie-folk outfit Bon Iver are set to take over The Star Theatre with their emotive setlist and – if it's anything like their recent US tour – a visually stunning showcase. This marks their return since their sold-out debut show in 2016. Fronted by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon, the Grammy Award-winning band are bringing forth the feels with spellbinding singles like Skinny Love, Blood Bank, and Holocene.
Billed as Iceland’s answer to Arcade Fire, the indie-folk quintet first exploded into the scene with their brass-bop Little Talks. Now, they’re coming back armed with tracks that are a little more synthpop, a little less folk including lead single Alligator from their studio album, Fever Dream.
The world's most-streamed classical artist is making his Singapore debut as part of Esplanade's Mosaic Music Series. Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi is best known for his numerous heart-breaking and beautiful film scores, bestselling solo albums, and stunning live performances. Perhaps you'd recognise him from his performance, where he played on a grand piano in the Arctic as glaciers crumbled around him as part of his Greenpeace campaign.
What's set to be the first and largest Malay music festival in Singapore, StereoFest is setting up camp at Palawan Green with a diverse line-up of acts from Indonesia, Malaysia and of course, the Lion City. Taking the stage are New Boyz, Zee Avi, Ayda Jebat, ANBS and Jaz, among other must-see acts. The two-day outdoor music jamboree is also jam-packed with an array of food and drink offerings, pop-up shops and engaging activities to partake under the sun – just don't forget your sunscreen.
Relieve the legacy of the psychedelic band The Doors – known for hits like Light My Fire, Love Me Two Times, Touch Me and The End. But don't expect holograms of the late Lizard King and organ player Ray Manzarek, and the return of remaining members guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore. This magnetic performance is set to be delivered by award-winning Australian conductor Jessica Gethin and a 39-piece orchestra, all to capture and deliver the beauty of The Doors’ live work. Embodying Jim Morrison – complete with his signature rock and roll cries – is Justin Burford, frontman of the Australian pop-rock band End of Fashion.
The last time this Grammy Award-winning acapella sensation arrived in town, they completely sold out. Now they’re back, and set to hit the stage with their tight harmonies and wicked beat-boxing. Catch them flex their vocal chops in the pop, electronic, hip hop and R&B tunes you love.
Take a walk down memory lane with the former lead singer from one of the biggest bands in the 80s. Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley is returning to our shores to belt out classics like True and Gold, as well as tracks off his new solo album Talking to the Moon. Stick around as he surprises audiences with some of his personal favourites at The Theatre at Mediacorp.
The temperature is about to hit 98 degrees as something major from the nineties cosmos is stopping by our sunny island for the very first time. Fangirl and swoon over Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre as they reunite to deliver their greatest hits such as Because Of You, I Do, The Hardest Thing, Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche), My Everything and The Way You Want Me To. Here's also hoping they perform fan-fave collabs like Thank God I Found You with Mariah Carey and Joe, and True To Your Heart with Stevie Wonder.
Internationally renowned Korean contemporary pianist-composer Yiruma returns to Singapore following the overwhelming success of his previous tours. With music featured in Hollywood blockbusters and hit Korean dramas, Yiruma has been widely regarded as one of the most successful classical artists in the world. Witness him perform a medley of mesmerising pieces – from his signature classics like River Flows in You to his latest hits like Frame.
Taking on a global tour, Japanese rock band AliA are heading to the Lion City to turn the heat up with tracks off their mini-albums AliVe and realize. Besides some hard-hitting tracks, the six-piece are set to showcase their versatility with a wide range of styles à la the up-tempo songs like Impulse and Limit to mellower stuff like Voice.
We're not going to wake you up when September ends to deliver this PSA: Green Day are making a return as part of the Hella Mega Tour. Fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, the American punk-rock heroes – including bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool – skyrocketed to fame with chart-topping headbangers like Basket Case, When I Come Around, Geek Stink Breath, and Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) which spawned attention-grabbing music videos that were on heavy rotation on MTV in the 90s.
The answer to Singapore's growing appetite for new music experiences, Hydeout is the region's first multi-genre music festival to shake up the scene by packing as much uncurbed fun, global sounds and eye-catching art in one massive space: The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. Happening across two weekends, the space is set to transform into a multi-stage arena featuring bold visuals and unexpected artistic expressions. The line-up includes suave hip-hop trailblazer A$AP Rocky, beach-blonde R&B-pop starlet Rita Ora, dance music hero DJ Snake, self-proclaimed 'Trap God' Gucci Mane, Spinnin' Records regular Sam Feldt, bass-heavy trap spinner San Holo, and Singapore's very own Myrne.