Here are the biggest concerts and music festivals to catch in Southeast Asia in 2022

From Justin Bieber to Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix to 88rising’s Head In The Clouds, NME rounds up all the events and performances to have on your calendar as live music returns to the region

After two years of silence, Southeast Asia’s live music calendar is slowly whirring back to life.

As governments ease pandemic restrictions on mass gatherings and open borders, we’re seeing more events big and small – complete with international performers – announce their anticipated returns to the region.

Music fans all over the world have had their hopes brutally dashed time and again over the course of the pandemic, optimistic announcements leading to postponements leading to depressingly inevitable cancellations. It’s hard to blame gig goers for being skeptical. But vaccination rates and governments’ decisions to treat the coronavirus as endemic make this round of announcements feel different.

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So get excited as you want to be by NME’s list of festivals and big-ticket concerts to catch in Southeast Asia, which range from a long-running jazz festival to Creamfields’ Thai debut to Justin Bieber’s two stadium shows in Indonesia and Malaysia.

And make sure you save space on your calendar to support local artists playing smaller shows at grassroots venues that have weathered the pandemic – our scenes will need all the help they can get.

Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)

When: May 20 – June 5
Tickets and more info: https://tickets.sifa.sg

SIFA is back this May with an eclectic slate of performances led by American avant-garde electronic musician Holly Herndon, who will stage her first concerts in Asia. Others on the line-up are Thai experimental duo Stylish Nonsense, Singaporean acts Tiramisu, SAtheCollective and more.

This year’s edition of SIFA also includes a +EAT exhibit – curated by local electronic label Syndicate – that features Yeule, Weish and Phua Juan Yong, Shelhiel, Kiat and Strangeloop, Cyber Cesspool, Deførmed and Claude Glass and more.

Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, Indonesia

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When: May 27 – May 29
Tickets and more info: https://www.javajazzfestival.com/

Jakarta’s long-running Java Jazz festival is back for its 17th run this May after a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s show will take place at the JIExpo Kemayoran grounds.

The first wave of performers for the 2022 Java Jazz festival include American soul singer and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Emma-Jean Thackray and more, alongside prominent Indonesian acts the likes of Afgan, Danilla Riyadi, Oslo Ibrahim, Yura Yunia and more.

A-Lin, Singapore

When: May 28
Tickets and more info: Sistic

Taiwanese singer A-Lin will perform the first large-scale concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium since March 2020 when she kicks off her A-Link With Passengers world tour in the city-state this May.

Tickets to the concert at the 8,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium Tickets are now available via Sistic, with prices ranging from an S$128 general admission ticket to S$288 VIP tickets.

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Creamfields, Pattaya, Thailand

When: May 28 – 29
Tickets and more info: www.creamfields.com

Long-running UK-founded electronic music festival Creamfields has announced the dates for its anticipated debut in Thailand this year.

The festival’s Thai debut will take place on May 28 and 29 in Pattaya. Its first wave lineup consists of EDM heavyweights R3HAB, Fedde Le Grand and Jeffrey Sutorious, alongside rising acts like Pink Panda and BEAUZ.

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Kolour In The Park, Thailand

When: June 4, June 11
More info: https://www.facebook.com/kolourinthepark/

Thai electronic music festival Kolour In The Park has announced an event set for two weekends in June. The popular techno festival was first scheduled to return to Bangkok in February, but was postponed as it was unable to obtain the necessary permits.

Kolour In The Park has also said that its June event will take place not in Bangkok but on a different island, although further details, including its line-up, have yet to be announced.

AURORA Music Festival, Pampanga, Philippines

When: June 10 – June 11
Tickets and more info: SM Tickets

The Aurora Music Festival is set to make its comeback this June with a stacked lineup that features the likes of Skusta Clee, Al James, Ben&Ben, December Avenue, Unique Salonga, Arthur Nery and more over the course of two days.

The 2022 festival will mark its return for the first time since 2021, when it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival expands beyond just music, with special showcases that highlight food, art and hot balloons.

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POW Fest 6, Bangkok, Thailand

When: June 17 – 19
Tickets and more info: Ticketmelon

Thai music festival series POW Fest is back this June for a three-day affair featuring YONLAPA, Death Of Heather, Dog Whine, Folk 9 and more.

The festival was scheduled to take place in June 2021 but was postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19. Tickets purchased for the 2021 event will be honoured this June.

Louis Tomlinson, Jakarta, Indonesia

When: July 10
Tickets and more info: louis-tomlinson.com

English singer-songwriter Louis Tomlinson of One Direction fame will be bringing his world tour to Jakarta’s Tennis Indoor Senayan stadium this July. The concert is currently his only show in Asia this year.

Louis Tomlinson’s Jakarta show was first announced for April 2020, but was pushed back to June 12, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The concert was pushed back for a second time and is now scheduled to take place in July 2022.

Tugatog Filipino Music Festival, Manila, Philippines

When: July 15
Tickets and more info: Ticketmelon

Filipino music festival Tugatog will make its debut this July at the SM Mall Of Asia arena in Manila with a stacked lineup of P-pop performers including BINIBGYO, Alamat, MNL48, VXON and more.

While the show was initially scheduled to take place exclusively as a livestream event, it will now run as an in-person affair, with a livestream being made available to those who are unable to attend the show physically.

All Time Low, Manila, Philippines

When: August 15
Tickets and more info: SM Tickets

American pop rock band All Time Low are set to make their grand return to the Philippines this August with a one-night-only show at the SM Mall Of Asia arena with support from local band Chicosci.

Tickets will go on sale on May 1 via SM Tickets. The concert will only be open to fully vaccinated patrons, with relevant health and safety protocols implemented throughout the arena.

Sigur Rós, Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand

When: August 17 in Singapore, August 28 in Bangkok
Tickets and more info: Sistic

Acclaimed Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós are set to return to Asia this August as part of a massive world tour. The band will perform at the Star Theatre in Singapore, and a venue that has yet to be decided in Thailand.

The Maine, Manila, Philippines

When: August 27
Tickets and more info: SM Tickets 

American alt-rock outfit The Maine are set to return to the Philippines this August with a one-night-only concert in Manila. Organised by PULP Live World, the concert will take place at the Skydome.

The upcoming August concert will be The Maine’s first show in Southeast Asia since 2019, when they played in Manila as part of their ‘You Are Okay’ tour. Tickets are set to go on sale on May 1.

We The Fest, Jakarta, Indonesia

When: September 23 – September 25
Tickets and more info: wethefest.com

Long-running music festival We The Fest is set to make its live return this September after two years away due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival will take place from September 23 till September 25 this year.

Past headliners include Lorde, Troye Sivan, SZA, James Bay, Miguel and more. This year’s lineup has yet to be announced.

PestaPora Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia

When: September 23 – September 25
Tickets and more info: Loket.com

PestaPora has announced the first wave of artists set to perform at its inaugural edition this September featuring the likes of Pamungkas, Danilla Riyadi, The SIGIT, Oslo Ibrahim, .Feast, Tulus and more.

A total of 64 artists will perform at the festival, so stay tuned for more acts to be announced.

JogjaROCKarta Festival, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

When: September 24 – September 25
Tickets and more info: https://bit.ly/TiketJRF2022

Rajawali Indonesia’s JogjaROCKarta Festival has announced its first wave of performers for its two-day event in Yogyakarta this September. Scheduled to perform at the heavy metal and rock festival are  Voice of BaceprotBurgerkill Seringai, DeadSquad, Death Vomit, Edane, Jamrud, Serigala Malam, Superman Is Dead, Prison of Blues and The Hydrant. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming months.

It is currently unclear if the festival will feature international headliners this year. Past editions in 2019 and 2020 included sets from Extreme, Power Trip, Scorpions and Whitesnake.

Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix

When: September 30 – October 2
More info: https://singaporegp.sg/en

After two years away, the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix will be making its return this September and October. In January, organisers said that its full entertainment line-up will be “released as soon as possible”.

The race has brought a slew of A-list performers to Singapore since its inception in 2008, including The Killers, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Queen and Adam Lambert, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park.

Synchronize Fest, Jakarta, Indonesia

When: October 7 – October 9
Tickets and more info: www.synchronizefestival.com

Indonesian music festival Synchronize Fest has announced the dates for its October event this year after two years away due to the coronavirus pandemic. While a lineup has yet to be announced, the festival is best known for showcasing the best talent that Indonesia has to offer.

Tickets for the cancelled 2020 festival will also be honoured at the October 2022 festival.

Boys Like Girls, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia

When: October 10 – October 12 in the Philippines, October 14 in Singapore and October 15 in Malaysia 
Tickets and more info: Boys Like Girls website

Pop rock band Boys Like Girls are finally making their way back to the Southeast Asia this October after numerous reschedules and postponements due to the pandemic. This time, however, they’ll be playing three back-to-back shows in the Philippines, and one-night-only shows in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The concert will see the band perform their beloved 2006 self-titled album in its entirety.

Justin Bieber, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore,  Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand

When: October 22 in Kuala Lumpur, October 25 in Singapore, November 2 and 3 in Jakarta and November 6 in Bangkok
Tickets and more info: Live Nation Thailand

Justin Bieber will be returning to Southeast Asia for four shows this year. He will play one show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, one in Singapore, one in Bangkok, Thailand and two in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of his ‘Justice’ world tour. A second show in Jakarta was announced after the first sold out within an hour.

In his first global outing since 2016/2017’s ‘Purpose’ tour, Bieber will take over KL’s Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Singapore’s National Stadium, Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Madya Stadium and Bangkok’s Rajamangala National Stadium.

Tickets for the Bangkok show go on sale April 29. More dates in Asia are on the way, a press release has said, so stay tuned.

Berdendang Bergoyang, Jakarta, Indonesia

When: October 29 & 30
Tickets and more info: Instagram

This year’s Berdendang Bergoyang festival in Jakarta will feature some of the biggest names in Indonesian music today including PamungkasRossa, Rizky Febian, Kahitna, HIVI!, IDGITAF, LazeThe PanturasTuan TigabelasFourtwnty, D’Masiv, ProntaxanNadin Amizah and many more.

More acts are expected to be announced in the coming months, as the festival has teased that more than 75 artists are set to perform this year.

Avril Lavigne, Manila, Philippines

When: November 3
Tickets and more info: Ticketnet Online

Pop punk princess Avril Lavigne will mark her return to Southeast Asia in 2022 with a one-night-only show at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, as she treats her fans to her beloved classics, as well as newer hits.

The concert was originally scheduled for 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets purchased for the 2020 date and now-postponed May 2022 concert will be honoured at the upcoming November show.

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Russ, Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia and Manila, Philippines

When: November 3 in Malaysia, November 5 in Manila
Tickets and more info: PouchNation in Malaysia, SM Tickets in the Philippines

American rapper Russ is bringing his ‘The Journey Is Everything’ world tour to Southeast Asia this November for two shows. The first show will take place on November 3 at Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon in Malaysia, with the second show taking place at the SM Mall Of Asia arena in Manila.

Fellow rapper Bugus will support for both shows. Tickets will go on sale for the two countries simultaneously on April 15 at 9am local time.

Alanis Morissette, Manila, Philippines

When: 18 – 19 November
Tickets and more info: SM Tickets

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette will return for two concerts in Manila, Philippines marking 25 years of her classic album ‘Jagged Little Pill’.

The two shows – which were initially postponed to December 7 and 8, 2021 from April 2020 – have now been rescheduled to November 18 and 19, 2022. The concerts will be held at the Mall Of Asia area in Manila, and will feature Filipino band UDD as special guests.

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Maho Rasop Festival, Bangkok, Thailand

When: November 19 – 20
More info: Maho Rasop Facebook

Bangkok’s premiere indie music festival Maho Rasop has announced its return this November after two years away due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the festival has not revealed ticketing or lineup details, it has confirmed that it will take place on November 19 and 20.

Mayday, Singapore

When: December 3
Tickets and more info: Ticketmaster

Taiwanese rock band Mayday will finally return to Singapore this December for a concert at the National Stadium on December 3.

The concert was originally scheduled to take place in August 2020, but was postponed to November 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has now been confirmed that the show will take place in December this year.

Jay Chou, Singapore

When: December 17 and 18
More info: G.H.Y Culture & Media

Taiwanese popstar Jay Chou is set to return to make his grand return to Singapore this December for two concerts as part of his Carnival world tour.

The shows, part of the Jay Chou Carnival tour, are currently scheduled to take place on December 17 and 18 at the National Stadium. Chou is expected to perform his biggest hits and newest releases at the upcoming concerts.

Hardwell, Bangkok, Thailand and Jakarta, Indonesia

When: December
More info: https://www.djhardwell.com/

After a four-year hiatus from live shows, Dutch DJ Hardwell is returning with the ‘Rebels Never Die’ world tour that includes stops in five Asian cities, including Jakarta and Bangkok. Details are scarce at the moment, but it has been confirmed that the Asian leg of Hardwell’s tour will include a stop at Creamfields Hong Kong.

Head In The Clouds, Jakarta, Indonesia

When: Dates TBA
More info: https://hitcfestival.com/

88rising has confirmed that its Head In The Clouds festival will return to Jakarta sometime this year. It has also teased performances from NIKI and Rich Brian – the label’s two biggest signees who hail from Indonesia.

The festival last set foot in Jakarta in 2019. It was scheduled to return in March 2020 with performances from Brian, NIKI, Higher Brothers, Stephanie Poetri and more, but was cancelled due to the pandemic. On Twitter, 88rising said it will soon let fans know if 2020’s tickets will be honoured at this year’s event.

It’s The Ship

When: Dates TBA
More info: https://www.itstheship.com/

Asia’s biggest festival at sea will return later this year. The event, which takes place on a cruise ship, has teased its return on social media, although firm details have yet to be revealed.

The festival last took place in 2019, sailing from Singapore to Phuket. That same year, the festival also expanded to include trips in Japan and South Korea. Past performers include Yellow Claw, Showtek, Chocolate Puma, Andrew Rayel, Knife Party and more.

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