Where words fail, music speaks…or so they say. And this is why many people willingly spend their money on high-quality live shows.
A concert lets you temporarily forget about your responsibilities and worries, and instead allows you to focus on what you feel at the moment. It gives you a rush of adrenaline and a sense of belonging achieved only by a mutual passion for music — regardless of the genre or language.
That said, here are the much-anticipated Manila concerts for the first half of 2018:
2018 Wild Kard Tour in Manila
Let’s get started with KARD, a co-ed Korean group with a strong global following. They officially debuted just last year, but their growing popularity has them hopping from one continent to another: Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.
The Wild Kard Tour in Manila is happening on February 9, 2018 at the Kia Theatre. It will give fans the chance to get up close and personal with the members of KARD because, in addition to powerful performances, the group has interactive games and a Q&A session prepared for the night.
Paramore Tour Four in Manila
Fans of the Tennessee-born American rock band Paramore have a lot to look forward to. The band is coming back to Manila on February 18, 2018 for a now sold-out concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The members of Paramore — Hayley Williams, Zac Farro, and Taylor York — are coming over to promote their new album, After Laughter. Tickets were sold out almost immediately after the pre-selling last November 2017, so you’re pretty lucky if you were able to secure a ticket.
Fifth Harmony PSA Tour in Manila
American girl group Fifth Harmony is bringing the PSA Tour to Manila. The multi-platinum selling group will perform at the Kia Theater on March 6, 2018.
Members Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui will serenade Filipino fans with their greatest hits along with songs from their self-titled third album Fifth Harmony, which topped the charts upon its August 2017 release.
John Legend Darkness and Light World Tour
John Legend serenaded Filipino fans with the hit single All Of Me back in 2014. Now, the multiple Grammy award winner is coming back on March 21, 2018 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the Darkness and Light World Tour.
Legend, together with his live band, will perform his latest hits along with his well-loved singles, so watch out for the show this summer.
Katy Perry Witness: The Tour
In May 2015, Katy Perry celebrated the first anniversary of the Prismatic World Tour at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Almost three years later, she’s coming back to the Philippines for the Asia leg of WITNESS: The Tour.
The show is happening on April 2, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. People describe the current tour as a visionary trip from outer to inner space. So, expect nothing less than an extravagant production and performance from Katy.
LANY Live In Manila
LANY has been in the Philippines for a few shows before, but this year marks their first major show in the country. They will hold a concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 5, 2018.
The LA-based trio has supported familiar names such as Troye Sivan and Halsey, but the spotlight’s on them this time. The group has successfully gotten on the radar of Filipino fans after releasing a series of successful singles and playing a total of six local shows in 2017. As a result, it will soon play a sold-out live show in no less than the Big Dome.
Ed Sheeran Live in Manila
Fans may have felt bad when Ed Sheeran had to reschedule some dates of the Asian leg of the Divide tour because of a bicycle injury, but the English singer and songwriter doesn’t disappoint. The show will definitely go on this April 8, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
The last time Ed was in the country, he performed notable songs such as Photograph, Give Me Love, and the Grammy Award-winning Thinking Out Loud. This time, expect him to sing the hit singles Castle on the Hill and Shapes of You as well as other quality songs from his latest album.
The Script Freedom Child Tour in Manila
Irish rock band, The Script, has been to the Philippines a few times before, with the last being in 2015. They will play their fourth concert here on April 14, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The band will return to Manila for the Freedom Child Tour to promote their latest album and to give another heart-stopping performance for the fans. Watch out for the Irish trio and, once again, let them take you to another level.
Harry Styles: Live on Tour
The ever-charming singer Harry Styles has been in Manila before, specifically for the two-day On The Road Again Tour in 2015 with One Direction bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan. This 2018, he’s coming back for his debut concert tour as a solo artist.
Harry Styles: Live on Tour in Manila is on May 1, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. It is a sold-out one-night gig in Manila, an obvious testament to just how charismatic the British lad is.
Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour
Bruno Mars is special in the heart of Filipinos, so it is no longer surprising that he will have a two-night concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on May 3 and 4, 2018.
Attendees of the Manila leg of the 24K Magic World Tour will experience a live performance of notable singles such as 24K Magic, That’s What I Like, and Versace on the Floor. The Grammy Award-winning singer also has more surprises up his sleeves for the sold-out two-day concert.
Niall Horan Flicker World Tour
Niall Horan first visited the Philippines in 2015 for One Direction’s On the Road Again Tour. He came back in 2016 for a tropical vacation in Boracay. Now, he’s back yet again for the Flicker World Tour.
The Irish singer is holding his first solo concert in the Philippines on June 10, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. You can look forward to his live performance of his hit singles This Town and Slow Hands as well as other fresh songs from his debut studio album Flicker.
These are the major concerts happening in the first half of 2018. While you wait for the concert dates to come around, hype yourself up by supporting their singles and exploring their B-sides.