What better way could there be to kick 2018 off than with an amazing concert? There’s a roster of incredible acts lined up this month ready to help set the tone for the rest of the year and give you a live experience you won’t forget. So who’s playing?
Formed in 2008 when lead singer Dan Reyolds and drummer Andrew Tolman met at Brigham Young University, these beasts of alt-rock shot to fame with the release of their debut album Night Visions in 2012. They’ve since garnered no less than three American music Awards, one Grammy Award, five Billboard Music Awards and an army of worldwide fans.
Catchy and uplifting, their new album Evolve contains plenty of the signature powerhouse pop and huge choruses the band have become known for. Get ready to stretch your vocal chords at this concert.
Fusing harmony-rich indie folk with lush pop, the Seattle-based Fleet Foxes recently dropped their third studio album, Crack Up, after an extended hiatus. Frontman Robin Pecknold wrapped up his degree at Colombia University during the band’s downtime, and came back with a more progressive sound and introspective lyrics, as featured on the new album.
At times the Foxes seem to channel a 60s sound in the likes of The Beach Boys or The Zombies, but always laced with dreamy undertones. If you’re a fan of introspective folk with an edge, don’t miss this one!
Blurring the lines between indie and electronic, The xx have mastered a stripped-down sound that is equally as sleek as
it is eerily infectious. Reverb heavy guitars merge with dubby bass lines and muffled snares to produce minimalistic textures on their first two albums, while the recently released I See You cranks it up a notch with more expansive sounds.
Jamie xx, the band’s world-class producer/drummer, lays on the disco throb at times, while bassist-vocalist Oliver Sim and guitarist-vocalist Romy Madley Croft keep emotions and drama high with their singing.
Expect a crazy lightshow to accompany the trio’s show when they step into MITEC this month.
As one of the ‘Four Heavenly Kings’, Hong Kong-born Jacky Cheung has been going strong for over three decades and lays claim to one of the best-selling albums in Mandopop history with Love You A Bit More Daily. A legend in the scene, he’s broken the Guinness World Record for the largest combined audience over a 12-month tour with 2,048,553 audience members.
We would need pages to list all the awards he’s won. It’s been six years since Cheung has performed on Malaysian soil and this month he makes a highly anticipated return, playing for three nights at the Axiata Arena. He’s pulled no punches in presenting a visually explosive show, complete with colossal LED screens, shape-shifting stages and special effects. This will be huge by any standard!
An icon that needs little-to-no introduction, Jay Chou is a renaissance man with seemingly endless talent. Actor, singer, film producer, designer, director, author and creator of the ‘Chou Style’ – his take on pop music which fuses Chinese and Western styles. He effortlessly blends pop, rap, blues and other genres with more traditional, eastern sounds to create richly textured songs.
This month, the Mandopop king returns for round two of his massive Invincible Concert Tour, showcasing a mix of classic and new hits. Backed by a contingent of skilful dancers, expect top-notch choreography in this massive show!
Imagine Dragons Evolve World Tour Live in Malaysia
WHERE Malawati Indoor Stadium, Shah Alam
WHEN 8.30pm (6 Jan)
TEL 03 7493 3010
WHERE KL Live, Life Centre, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 7pm (16 Jan)
ADMISSION RM230, RM250
TEL 03 7880 7999
The xx ‘I See You Tour Asia’ – Live in Kuala Lumpur
WHERE Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 7pm (25 Jan)
TEL 03 5481 5077
Jacky Cheung ‘A Classic Tour’ 2018
WHERE Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 8pm (26-28 Jan)
TEL 03 9223 3667
“The Invincible 2” Jay Chou Concert Tour 2018
WHERE Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 8pm (27 Jan)
TEL 03 9222 8811