Malaysia’s Music Madness: The Best Live Concerts & Shows Happening In 2023

With live shows back on worldwide, it’s time to gear yourself for upcoming concerts in Malaysia come 2023. (Image by Teddy Yang)

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As we bid farewell (hopefully forever) to virtual shows and events, Malaysians are gearing up to attend more concerts and shows to entertain themselves. Why not, after all? We’ve spent enough time being stuck indoors during the last two years.

In 2022, we saw a surge of live concerts and shows in Malaysia, including singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s concert and the ever-popular Good Vibes Festival. With 2023 just two days away, what better way to welcome it than to look into what the upcoming live shows await us in the coming months?

Read on to discover which of your favourite artists and groups are coming to Kuala Lumpur (KL) to entertain Malaysians.

Tulus ‘Live in Malaysia’ – 6 January 2023

Just a few days into January 2023, a famous Indonesian singer-songwriter will hold a concert at the Plenary Hall in KL. The 35-year-old singer of Minangkabau, Tulus, will belt out songs from his latest album Manusia and a string of hits from previous studio releases.

For those who missed his last concert in Istana Budaya, this is your chance to see him live again. Tickets to the Fabulous Friday Presents Tulus concert are priced between RM250 (Silver) to RM950 (VIP).

Unfortunately, tickets are sold out, but you never know — there might be a second show. For those who managed to snag passes, enjoy the show!

Jay Chou’s ‘Carnival’ World Tour – 15 January 2023

Ultra-popular Mandopop singer, Jay Chou, will be coming to Malaysia to kickstart 2023 on 15 January as part of his ‘Carnival’ World Tour. This show marks Jay Chou’s eighth concert tour and is to celebrate the star’s two decades of fame in the music industry. The sold-out show will take place at National Stadium Bukit Jalil and is priced between RM288 to RM938.

Currently, tickets are sold out, but one can hope for a second show. So, if you’ve got access, lucky you and enjoy the show!

Peakstorm Festival 2023 – 19 February 2023

Alt-R&B, lo-fi musician, Joji, whose hit ‘Glimpse of Us’ dominated Spotify charts earlier this year, will be headlining Malaysia’s inaugural Peakstorm Festival in February. The festival, which will be held at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach, has only announced two supporting acts so far – Midnight Fusic and Airliftz – but the organisers have promised to announce more artists soon, but this is enough to whet our appetite.

Tickets are currently available via the festival’s website from RM288, though some categories are already sold out. VIP tickets are going at RM888 (access to a priority lane and VIP zone).

Ne-Yo ‘Live in Malaysia’ – 21 January 2023

R’n’B lovers, get ready to start the new year right with none other than Ne-Yo. The three-time Grammy winner is finally gracing our shores with hits that we’re all familiar with like ‘Miss Independent’, ‘Because of You’, ‘Sexy Love’, and more! Tickets are already on sale, so be quick to grab your spot at Plenary Hall, KLCC.

Get your tickets on Hitman Live’s website.

KPop Concert Malaysia 2023 – 18 February 2023

K-Pop fans, rejoice! K-Pop Concert Malaysia will be happening on the 18th of February 2023 and will feature at least 4 K-Pop groups, with legendary Super Junior as the main headliner. Popular Super Junior tracks include ‘Sorry, Sorry’, ‘Mr Simple’, ‘Lo Siento’, and more. Not only that, they will also be joined by Teen Top, ViViz, and MCND.

The concert will be taking place at KLFA Stadium, Cheras; as of today, the time of the event and ticket prices have yet to be announced. So, keep a lookout for the announcement, and be sure to grab tickets quickly!

Westlife ‘Wild Dreams Tour’ – 23 & 24 February 2023

Westlife is coming! Repeat, Westlife is coming! The legendary boy band will put on a show for two days (how awesome is that) comprising of their best all-time hits. The concert, part of the ‘Wild Dreams Tour’, will take place at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy listening to them singing some popular hits, including ‘My Love’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, and more — it will be truly a 90s experience. Tickets are priced at RM798 and RM884. Get your credit card and savings ready!

Tickets are still available, so grab yours quickly!

OneRepublic ‘Live in Concert’ – 1 March 2023

Grammy-nominated American pop-rock band OneRepublic will perform live in Malaysia on 1 March 2023! As part of the Asian leg of the ‘One Republic: Live in Concert’ tour, fans will enjoy the band rock on the stage at KL Convention Centre.

For one night only, appreciate an array of single hits, from recent drops such as ‘West Coast’ and ‘I Ain’t Worried’ to crowd-favourite, familiar tunes like ‘All the Right Moves’, ‘Secrets’, ‘Apologize’, and more. We absolutely can’t wait!

 Tickets are available for sale right now!

Blackpink ‘Born Pink’ – 4 March 2023

In August 2022, global K-pop girl group Blackpink announced that Malaysia would be one of their stops in their world tour. Set to rock the stage on 4 March 2023, fans can enjoy the star-stunning performances of Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rosé. The concert in Malaysia is part of Blackpink’s most extensive world tour in the history of K-pop girl groups.

Moreover, concert-goers will be experiencing this spectacular show in the newly-refurbished National Stadium Bukit Jalil, as the stadium is scheduled to undergo repair before the concert. So, finally, Blackpink is in our area!

Blackpink’s concert may easily be one of the most expensive concerts held in Malaysia, with Born Pink VIP Soundcheck Package priced at RM1888, Cat 1 at RM1588, Cat 2 at RM988, Cat 3 at RM788, Cat 4 at RM588, Cat 5 at RM488 and Cat 6 at RM388. However, the concert was sold out on the day tickets went on sale. Still, it doesn’t hurt to know this is happening; maybe someone might resell their ticket!

Sheila Majid Big Band – 18 March 2023

For one night only, get caught up in the splendour of Malaysian songbird Sheila Majid’s soulful tunes accompanied by — you guessed it — a big band! Happening on 18 March 2023 at the World Trade Centre KL, you won’t want to miss a fun and fabulous night singing along to her nostalgic hits. Ticket prices range from RM288 to RM1288 and they’re selling fast! So hurry and book a prime spot right here.

Sting ‘My Songs’ Tour – 20 March 2023

Sting is an artist known by many. The former frontman, songwriter, and bassist for the rock band The Police, Sting and his son Joe Summer will be gracing Malaysia with their presence on 20 March 2023. Rock fans can listen to his 14th studio album come to life at the Plenary Hall, KLCC. Sing along to tracks such as ‘Brand New Day’, ‘Desert Rose’, ‘Every Breath You Take’, and many more.

General sale has begun, and ticket prices range from RM398 to RM1,288. If you’re a die-hard rock fan, this concert is not to be missed!

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Melissa is a trainee mental health counsellor, wellness consultant and copywriter passionate about cultivating a healthy lifestyle through everyday self-care and mental wellness. She enjoys diving deep into topics such as productivity, mindfulness, wellness, spirituality, and personal finance. She is also a yogi.