Rocking Manila’s concert circuit

Manila concertgoers are in for a treat with big-ticket events and impressive lineup of international music acts to liven the concert circuit.

While concert season has already kicked off early this year with live performances from Chicago, Jack Jones, Nate Ruess, Japanese boy band One OK Rock and K-Pop boy group EXO, Manila’s concert venues are about to witness grander performances from the most requested concert acts in the coming months.

The Pop Queen onstage in Canada, one of the countries  included in the Rebel Heart Tour

Here are the list of live shows and music festivals that we circled in red in our datebooks:


After its successful first solo show last February, British pop band The Vamps will be bringing its Wake Up World Tour to Mall of Asia Arena on Jan. 30. This time, it will be joined by two other pop bands called Before You Exit and The Tide. Expect nothing but pop music delivered a la One Direction style only the members are playing their own instruments. 3LOGYINMANILA is anticipated to be a big teen event.

Libera – A Valentine’s Concert

The English vocal group takes a modern approach to classical and church music attracting listeners who would not usually listen to sacred choral songs. On Feb. 16 at PICC Plenary Hall, the boys with angelic voices will give Filipinos a glimpse of the world of boychoirs giving classical and traditional music with a more contemporary, mainstream sound.

They said they’re no One Direction, they’re called The  Vamps

Boyce Avenue Philippine Tour

Everybody’s favorite cover band and YouTube sensation Boyce Avenue is returning to Manila. The American band’s first pit stop is a major concert on Feb. 16 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. It will continue its 5-city tour in Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod, and Baguio. The band’s repertoire? Of course, killer covers of well-known hits by Ed Sheeran, Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Cold Play, Pharrell, and Bruno Mars, to name a few.

GoodVybes Music Festival

Local acts such as Kjwan, Brigada, Brisom, Moonwlk, Assembly Generals, Mulan, Samantha Nicole, Pelvis Resley and the Sex Offender, and BP Valenzuela will share the stage with well-known indietronica music acts Passion Pit, Oh Wonder and Chvrches. The fest is happening on Feb. 20 at the Aseana Open Grounds and will feature food market, dipping pools and gaming tents to name a few. About the booze? We have yet to confirm.

Rebel Heart Tour

You’ve already heard it, yes, the American singer most often identified as the “Pop Queen” is staging a concert on the Philippine soil for the first time (and hopefully not the last). Madonna’s much awaited live show at the Mall of Asia Arena is finally happening on Feb. 24 and 25. Tickets including the most expensive ones were already sold out just a few hours when they went on sale. So, who’s not excited?

5 Seconds of Summer
Live in Manila

The Australian rock band composed of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin will perform at the MOA Arena on March 12. The band that rose to international stardom fame while touring with One Direction will also tour the rest of Asia, the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, and North America. The show will mainly showcase the band’s hits including new songs culled from the new album released in October.

Paradise International
Music Festival

With VIP tickets costing P13,000, while the price for the general admission is P5,900, the Paradise International Music Festival on April 9 at the Aseana City Open Grounds, is well, the most expensive music fest to hit the land to date. Acclaimed rapper and producer Kanye West is set to perform in the fest›s much anticipated debut.

Sir Tom Jones will have a concert at the Big Dome

Tom Jones Live

The 75-year-old Welsh singer and actor known for notable songs such as “It’s Not Unusual”, “Delilah”, “Green, Green Grass of Home”, “She’s a Lady”, and “Kiss” among others hits Manila for a live performance on April 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. While Jones’ fans are mostly oldies, there’s a new breed of young Tom Jones fans that is expected to be in the live show, thanks to his mammoth hit “Sex Bomb.”

Cinema World Tour

Andrea Bocelli first visited Manila in 2004

After 12 years, world renowned tenor, Andrea Bocelli, is heading back to the Philippines. He’s bringing his Cinema World Tour for the first time at the Mall of Asia Arena in April 26. Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 150 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. Tickets to the show will go on sale starting Feb. 17. Twelve years ago VIP tickets were sold at P25,000.

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