Couldn’t Get Tickets To Taylor Swift Or Coldplay? Here’s Where To Travel For The Best Upcoming Concerts

Fret not, as there are other notable shows in the region perfect for a destination concert/adventure!

By Therese Tay        24 August 2023

You’ve planned and strategised, and you’ve queued and practised your best game of fastest-fingers first. You’ve fought the good fight but still couldn’t get your hands on the hottest concert tickets in town. All’s not lost – put these organisational skills to good use by planning for a destination concert! With a plethora of quality, award-winning acts performing in amazing cities in the region, you could very well end up with the better end of the bargain.

Here are some great selections:

1. Charlie Puth in Bangkok, 6 Oct 2023

The singer-songwriter who burst onto the scene with hit song “Marvin Gaye” and “One Call Away” will be bringing his “The ‘Charlie’ Live Experience” show to Bangkok’s Impact Arena. Thereafter, chill out and fill your tummy with yummy street food at the Jodd Fairs night market (Rama IX Rd, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310), which opens till midnight, or go for a Thai massage at Asia Herb Association. Share your Insta-worthy snaps and videos easily and affordably with AIRSIM data.

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2. Sam Smith in Manila, 21 Oct 2023

Photo: SPH Media Trust

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith brings “Gloria The Tour” to Manila, at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall Of Asia Arena. Take the chance to shop at the Mall of Asia – MOA to the locals – which is one of the largest malls in Asia. Consider too a leisurely cruise to admire the sights of Manila Bay. 

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3. Westlife in Taipei, 14-16 Nov 2023

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Westlife’s “The Wild Dreams” tour at the Taipei Music Center promises the band’s best hits throughout their 25-year career. And when in the Taiwan capital, you can’t miss a visit to one of its best known nightspots, Shilin Night Market, with its plethora of tasty street food and unique souvenirs. For the best views of the city, nothing much can top the scenery from the 89th floor observation deck of Taipei 101

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4. Johnny Orlando in Kuala Lumpur, 27 Nov 2023 

Photo: Johnny Orlando Instagram

The Canadian YouTube sensation will be presenting his “The Ride” show at The Bee, Publika, where you can expect tunes from his debut album, “All The Things That Could Go Wrong”. While the Publika complex itself is known for its creative and artsy vibe, a stay at the Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur – less than 8km away – will avail you to the attractions of the city’s Golden Triangle, including the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC Shopping Centre.

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5. Bruno Mars in Tokyo, 11-18 Jan 2024

Photo: Bruno Mars Instagram

Groove to the soul man’s best hits at his Best of Bruno Mars Live show at the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome, where he will be performing for five nights. And while you’re in the busy Japanese capital, take the chance to experience unique attractions such as Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, quirky Harajuku and its trendy street food, and Tokyo Skytree and its expansive views.

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