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8 Live Acts We Can’t Wait to See in 2019


A roundup of some of the concerts we’re looking forward to catching this year



Manila saw some amazing musicians come, rock out and go in 2018, which made it an exciting year for the music scene; if shows featuring John Legend, Bruno Mars, The Script, Dua Lipa, Guns N’ Roses and Khalid aren’t the definition of year-making, then we don’t know what is.


Gazing ahead now, it’s looking like 2019 will be just as interesting: another reason for music lovers to ready their wallets and make sure their concert funds are well-stocked. Here, a quick preview of the concert-packed year. Scroll through for eight international musical acts we can’t wait to see live in 2019.


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Taking Back Sunday

January 26

New Frontier Theater, Quezon City


American rock band Taking Back Sunday is making its way back to Manila to give fans the taste of nostalgia it’s been craving for. Set to play their entire debut album Tell All Your Friends, this concert marks a milestone as part of the iconic band’s 20th anniversary tour. You better MakeDamnSure you’ll be there.


Ticket prices via TicketNet: VIP 1 - P4,770; VIP 2 - P3,180; Lodge - P2,650; Balcony - P1,590



BLACKPINK

February 2

The Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City


K-pop lovers, we’re fairly certain this one’s been on your radar for quite some time now: Powerhouse South Korean girl group BLACKPINK is coming to our area.


The four-woman group behind international hits like “DDU-DU DDU-DU” and “Forever Young” is heading to the Philippines for the very first time. Be part of the Jisoo, ‎Jennie‎, Rosé and Lisa 2019 World Tour [In Your Area] experience next month!


Ticket prices via SM Tickets: VIP Soundcheck - P19,750; VIP Center Standing - P15,550; Lower Box A Premium - P15,050; Patron Standing - P14,550; Lower Box A Regular - P13,550; Lower Box B Premium - P12,550; Lower Box B Regular - P11,550; Upper Box Premium - P7,550; Upper Box Regular - P5,650; Gen Ad - P2,650


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Josh Groban

February 22

The Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City


Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Josh Groban is bringing his Bridges Tour to Manila! Get ready to be serenaded by the “To Where You Are” singer at his post-Valentines spectacular as he plays old favorites and new releases from his latest album, Bridges. Lea Salonga is slated to make an appearance then, too, making this a concert no fan of operatic pop or musical theater should dare miss.


Ticket prices via SM Tickets: SVIP - P21,650; VIP - P19,540; Patron - P16,370; Lower Box A - P11,090; Lower Box B - P8,980; Upper Box - P5,810; General Admission - P2,640



Kodaline

February 26

New Frontier Theater, Quezon City


Irish indie rock band Kodaline is coming back for more: Less than a year since their first visit, the modern rock quartet behind hits like “All I Want” and “High Hopes” returns for their second run this year, sharing their Politics of Living Tour 2019 with fans in the Philippines. This makes the exciting first solo concert in Manila for the band, too, as their last performance involved sharing the stage with several other artists at the 2018 Wanderland Music & Arts Festival.


Ticket prices via TicketNet: VIP Standing - P4,880; Lodge - P3,750; Balcony A - P2,750; Balcony B - P1,500



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Maroon 5

March 5

The Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City


No stranger to the Manila concert scene, veteran band Maroon 5 is set to make their Manila comeback for their Red Pill Blues Tour. The band has produced a string of hit songs like “She Will Be Loved,” “Sugar” and “What Lovers Do” since their last Manila stint in 2008, which only means this concert will be a sure-shot celebration of Maroon 5 through the years and will feature a stellar setlist.


Ticket prices via SM Tickets: VIP 1 Standing - P23,8500; VIP 2 Standing - P18,850; Lower Box - P12,500; Upper Box - P4,800; General Admission - P2,800



Rita Ora

March 10

New Frontier Theater, Quezon City


British pop singer Rita Ora is yet another international act coming to Manila for the first time this year. The “Lonely Together,” “Girls” and “For You” singer is making a stop in the Philippines as part of the Asia leg in the Phoenix World Tour 2019.


Ticket prices via Ticketnet: VIP Seated - P4,725; VIP Standing - P3,675; Lodge - P3,675; Balcony - P2,625


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Jason Mraz

May 8

The Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City


This crooner’s all-time hits “I’m Yours,” “Lucky,” and “I Won’t Give Up” have been staples in Filipino acoustic song playlists. Ladies and gents, it’s none other than Mr. A to Z.


Charming Pinoy audiences for a third time, Jason Mraz is set to bring the Good Vibes 2019 Tour to Manila this summer.


Ticket prices via SM Tickets: VIP Seated A - P9,500; VIP Seated B - P8500; Patron Center - P7,000; Patron Sides - P6,500; Lower Box VIP - P5,500; Lower Box - P3,500; Gen Ad - P1,800



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The 1975

September 11

The Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City


A night with The 1975 and A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships? Count us in; it’s a date.


Marking the fourth visit of the Manchester indie pop-rock band, The 1975 are heading to Seoul, Hong Kong and then Manila in September to promote their latest album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Fans in Asia will soon get to enjoy live renditions of instant hits from the studio album like “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You),” “Love It If We Made It” and “Sincerity Is Scary.”


Ticket prices via SM Tickets: VIP Standing - P7,200; Patron - P6,900; Patron Center - P6,400; Lower Box A Premium - P6,400; Lower Box A Regular - P5,900; Lower Box B Premium - P5,400; Lower Box B Regular - P4,900; Upper Box Premium - P2,700; Upper Box Regular - P2,100; Gen Ad - P1,400



We’ll see you at the concert grounds! What are the other acts you hope to catch this year?



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