Looking forward to attending live shows again? For your easy reference, we’ve put together a list of the most important concerts (Billie Eillish included), performances and events in KL to take note of this 2022.

Concerts are back and with it One Republic, who announced on 21 September that they’ll be performing in KL on 1 March 2023 as part of their ongoing ‘Live in Concert’ tour. The show will be held at the KL Convention Centre, and ticket sales open to the public on 29 September 2022. The band is known for hits like ‘Apologize’ and ‘Stop and Stare’, and will be headed to seven Asian cities for this tour: Manila, Jakarta, Singapore, KL, Bangkok, Taipei and Tokyo.

In other news, Justin Bieber, who was originally slated to perform in KL in October 2022 for his ‘Justice World Tour’, will no longer be coming. The singer was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a neurological condition that has caused half of his face to be paralysed, earlier this year and had to cancel multiple shows. He managed to resume part of his tour for a while, but on 6 September, announced that he was postponing the rest of his gigs to focus on recovering.

 

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The superstar isn’t the only artist expected to croon before a live audience in KL this year though, so don’t be disappointed. Plenty more will be progressively jetting in to entertain Malaysians who have been musically deprived.

Read on and add these dates for the most highly anticipated concerts, shows and events to your 2022 calendars.

Justin Lo’s ‘Fresh Start’ on 30 April 2022


Taking place at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Hong Kong-American heartthrob Justin Lo will be among the first international artists to perform in person since Malaysia reopened on April 1. 

He is known for his string of Canto-pop hits ‘第一秒 or First Second’, ‘命硬 or Die Hard’ and ‘好人 or Good Guy’.

Tickets range from the democratic RM188 to RM788 for a VIP seat. Resorts World Genting members are entitled to a small discount. The concert starts at 8.30pm. 

Get your tickets here.

‘Lost in Karak’ from 26 till 30 May 2022

 

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The myths of lost souls patrolling the Kuala Lumpur–Karak Expressway in the depth of the night, as well as that of a yellow vehicle piloted by a phantom driver, are purportedly among the country’s most infamous paranormal activities. This May, an immersive pop-up horror experience jointly presented by Pepsi, Hauntu and The Livescape Group will breathe life into the hair-raising tales of the highway bisecting the Titiwangsa Mountains, through a series of compelling storytelling, lifelike characters and terrifying effects. 

Taking place at The Linc 11am-10pm, ‘Lost in Karak’ isn’t for the faint-hearted. But that’s the reason you will be there – you aren’t terrified, are you? Tickets are priced at RM29 per pax before May 1, or RM39 per pax after the promo ends.

Get yours here.

Le French Film Festival in KL from 9 till 26 June 2022


After a two-year hiatus, the Alliances Françaises revives Le French Film Festival throughout major cities in Malaysia. The 20th edition will be hosted in KL (June 9-26), Penang (June 30-July 10), Johor Bahru (July 7-10) and Kota Kinabalu (July 14-17) at participating Golden Screen Cinemas, showcasing the best of French cinema this year. Over the course of the festival, 21 films will be aired, from tear-jerking drama, to laughter-inducing comedies, to award winners. Apart from films like ‘Aline’ – a hilarious and touching quasi-biopic on legendary crooner Céline Dion – other activities include gastronomic workshops, exclusive exhibitions and eclectic concerts.

Click here for the schedule. Get your movie tickets starting June 2 via the GSC app, website, and e-kiosks at selected GSC cinemas.

Nigel Ng’s ‘Haiyaa World Tour’ on 17 June 2022 

 

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Thanks to a hilarious yet brutally scathing put down of a fried rice recipe originally aired on BBC, the YouTube comedian turned Internet sensation has been sought out by Michelin-star chefs for peer approval. Our March 2021 cover star will return to his homeland to dish out more laughter – this time before a live audience at the KL Convention Centre. 

Adopting the Uncle Roger persona, Nigel has raked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. But why watch YouTube when you can be humoured in person?

Tickets range from RM128 to RM228. The show starts at 8pm. 

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Billie Eilish ‘Happier Than Ever, The World Tour’ on 18 August 2022

 

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Seven-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish is heading to KL for the first time. Presented by Live Nation Malaysia, ‘The Happier Than Ever: World Tour’ will be held in the National Stadium, Bukit Jalil on 18 August 2022 at 8.30 PM. As her first live debut in Asia, the tour will kick off in Manila and conclude in Tokyo, with exciting additional dates in Malaysia, Singapore, Bangkok, and Seoul.

The tickets will be priced at RM308, RM408, RM508 and RM598. Pre-sale will begin on 24 June 2022 at 10 AM for Fan Club members, while Live Nation members’ pre-sale will be available on 25 June at 10 AM. Head over to Live Nation for more info.

Boys Like Girls live in Malaysia on 15 October 2022

 

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American rock band Boys Like Girls are lending their edge to KL. Originally slated for July 2021, the Asia-Pacific leg of their world tour was pushed to October 2022. They are set to appear in KL a week before Justin Bieber’s tropes. While details including the venue, tickets, etc are scant as of writing, it is expected that they will perform their 2006 eponymous album in its entirety.

Justin Bieber’s ‘Justice World Tour’ on 22 October 2022 (Cancelled)

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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 18: Justin Bieber performs onstage during the “Justice World Tour” at Pechanga Arena on February 18, 2022 in San Diego, California. His KL gig is one of the most highly anticipated concerts in the country this 2022. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Justin Bieber)

Postponed ad infinitum due to the global Covid outbreak and subsequent complications on tour — and has now been cancelled while Justin Bieber recovers from Ramsay Hunt syndrome — the ‘Justice World Tour’ will hopefully eventually be back on the cards for Beliebers in Malaysia. Justin Bieber is known for successive chart-topping numbers ever since he burst onto the scene as an adolescent with the infectious ‘Baby’.

His versatile talent has taken him from dance pop to ballads and even Christmas specials. The set list will include ‘Where Are U Now’, ‘What Do You Mean?’, among others.

Justin Bieber’s 2022 show — which would have taken place at the National Stadium — was one of the most highly awaited concerts in KL, and sold out very quickly. 

Russ’ ‘The Journey Is Everything’ on 3 November 2022

 

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Live concerts in KL continue late into 2022 as American rapper Russ is bound to spellbind fans again in Malaysia with his groovy beats and rapid delivery. Supported by fellow rap artist Bugus, Russ will hit the stage at Surf Beach, Sunway Lagoon. His prior appearance in Malaysia was at the Good Vibes Festival 2019 held in Genting Highlands.

The rapper’s hit singles include ‘What They Want’, ‘Losin’ Control’ and ‘Best on Earth’. Tickets go on sale 15 April 2022, starting from RM155.

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Lany “A November To Remember” on 6 November 2022

 

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American pop-rock duo LANY is returning to Kuala Lumpur for the second time since their ‘Malibu Nights’ tour on 27 July 2019. Located in Axiata Arena, Bukit Jalil, the one-night show is priced between RM298 and RM1008. Besides general admissions, fans can enjoy a Diamond Club Experience (RM1008) and Rose Gang Experience (RM788) for an exclusive VIP adventure. Highlights include a Q&A session, pre-show soundcheck and early entry.

In addition, the Asia tour is making stops in Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Singapore and Taipei. Get ready to sing your heart out with LANY as the pre-sale goes live on 8 June 2022. If you miss the pre-sale, mark your calendars for 10 June 2022 at 10 AM via GOLIVE Asia.

Boy Pablo on 25 November 2022

Famed for his hits “Everytime” and “Dance, Baby!”, the Chilean–Norwegian indie rock singer Nicolas Muñoz AKA Boy Pablo, is set to perform his infectious tunes at Zepp KL Bukit Bintang. Get ready to sing your heart out to his latest 2020 release, “Wachito Riko”, and popular hits. Priced between RM175 and RM250, the concert tickets are available for purchase now via Onion Production. If you haven’t heard his latest track, tune in to “La Novela”, with Cuco now.

For more info, head over to the website.

Other concerts taking place in 2023

One Republic ‘Live In Concert’ on 1 March 2023

Pop-rock band One Republic returns to Malaysia next March for a one-night-only gig at the KL Convention Centre. Fans can expect a mix of classic and newer hits like ‘Secrets’, ‘Counting Stars’ and ‘I Ain’t Worried’, the latter of which was featured in the top-grossing movie Top Gun: Maverick (2022). The concert is the fourth stop in the Asian leg of One Republic’s tour, which will head to Manila, Jakarta and Singapore prior, before moving on to Bangkok, Taipei and Tokyo. The band last performed in Malaysia in 2018.

Free-standing tickets are priced at RM388, and fan club presales open on 27 September 2022, 10am. For Live Nation members, presales start on 28 September, 10am. Ticket sales open to the public on 29 September, 10am. Get your tickets at the band’s official website here or at GoLive.

(Hero and featured images: Justin Bieber/ @justinbieber/ Instagram)

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

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