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Britney Spears And 14 More Artistes Who Are Not Coming To Malaysia This Year

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Cover image via Isabel Infantes / PA Images / Getty Images / Kpopstarz

Concert kakis know this feeling all too well -
getting all excited when you hear about your favourite singer or band heading to Asia... only to find out that they're not stopping by Malaysia. Again. :(

We're looking at you, Coldplay.

Image via Live Nation Lushington SG Facebook

Instead, they're most probably stopping by our neighbouring countries, especially Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand. Like Coldplay (above).

On that note, a number of pretty big artistes might be giving Malaysia a miss this year, though you can still watch them live in Singapore or Bangkok if you got the $$$:

1. Britney Spears (Bangkok, 24 June & Singapore, 30 June)

Taking a break from her resident show in Las Vegas, the Princess of Pop will be performing in Bangkok's Impact Arena on 24 June and in Singapore on 30 June this year. Britney, who last held a world tour in 2011, has also confirmed concert dates for Japan, Hong Kong (sold out), Manila (20,000 tickets sold out in less than 30 minutes), and Israel.

Tickets are priced from 3,500 Baht (RM440) to 12,000 Baht (RM1,506) for the Bangkok show, while the venue and ticketing details for the Singapore stop have yet to be announced.

2. Harry Styles (Singapore, 23 November)

Not only does he have a major role in Christopher Nolan's upcoming war epic 'Dunkirk', One Direction's Harry Styles has branched out on his own with a solo album coming out on 12 May with an accompanying world tour later this year. He will only be making two stops in Asia though - one in Japan, and the other at Singapore's The Star Theatre on 23 November.

Tickets are priced from SGD68 (RM211) to SGD168 (RM521) and will be made available from 5 May, 9.00am onwards.

FUN FACT: One Direction has performed in Singapore before on 11 March 2015, two weeks before Zayn Malik's departure from the group. They've never been to Malaysia though. :(

UPDATE, 19 JUNE: Due to the overwhelming response for the above mentioned date, Harry Styles will be returning to Singapore on 3 May 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets, priced from SGD98 (RM303) to SGD228 (RM705), are currently available via SportsHubTix.

3. Sting (Singapore, 28 May)

Image via Paseo de Gracia

Having last performed here in 2005, it looks like Sting will not be returning any time soon as Malaysia is not included in his latest world tour.

He is, however, set to kick off the Asian leg of the tour at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 28 May joined by special guests Joe Sumner and Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros. Tickets are priced from SGD108 (RM335) to SGD288 (RM893) and are currently available here.

4. OneRepublic (Singapore, 15 September)

It is just us, or do the Singapore's F1 Grand Prix entertainment lineups - even in the previous years'! - seem more gempak than Malaysia's?

Kicking off Day 1 of the three-day race, OneRepublic is slated to hold a full-length concert at the Zone 4 Padang Stage of Marina Bay Street Circuit on 15 September. Admission is open to all ticket holders to the Singapore Grand Prix, starting from SGD148 (RM459) for single-day walkabout tickets and from SGD248 (RM769) for three-day walkabout tickets. More details on the ticketing structure here.

You can also check out the rest of the entertainment lineup here.

5. The Chainsmokers (Bangkok, 15 September & Singapore, 16 September)

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Though there are rumours that the EDM pop duo might be making their way to Penang sometime this year, there has been no news by the event organisers who teased their appearance.

In the meantime, The Chainsmokers has been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for the upcoming Singapore F1 Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on 16 September. Admission is open for all ticket holders to the Singapore Grand Prix, starting from SGD148 (RM459) for single-day walkabout tickets and from SGD248 (RM769) for three-day walkabout tickets. More details on the ticketing structure here.

You can also check out the rest of the entertainment lineup here.

UPDATE, 19 JUNE: The duo will also be playing the Impact Challenger Arena in Bangkok on 15 September. Tickets, priced from THB2,000 (RM250) onwards, will be available from 30 June @ 10am onwards via Thai Ticket Major.

6. Ariana Grande (Singapore, 16 September)

Joining The Chainsmokers on Day 2 of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, Ariana Grande will also be holding performing on 16 September at the Zone 4 Padang Stage of Marina Bay Street Circuit.

Admission is open for all ticket holders to the Singapore Grand Prix, starting from SGD148 (RM459) for single-day walkabout tickets and from SGD248 (RM769) for three-day walkabout tickets. More details on the ticketing structure here.

You can also check out the rest of the entertainment lineup here.

7. G-Dragon (Singapore, 24 & 25 June; Bangkok, 7 & 8 July)

Image via KpopStarz

Embarking on a solo world tour for the first time in four years, Big Bang's G-Dragon has confirmed concert dates in North America, Australia, South Korea, Japan, China, and of course, Singapore and Bangkok.

The K-pop icon will be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 24 and 25 June, followed by Bangkok's Impact Arena on 7 and 8 July. Ticketing details have yet to be released, so keep a look out for updates from IME Singapore and BEC-TERO Entertainment.

8. Taeyeon (Bangkok, 28 May)

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One of the best female vocalists in K-pop, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon is going a solo tour across Asia that will take her to cities like Taipei, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.

Taeyeon is set to hold a concert at Thunder Dome, Bangkok on 28 May, with tickets priced from 2,000 Baht (RM250) to 6,000 Baht (RM750). Tickets will go on sale on 6 May from 11am onwards via All Ticket Thailand.

9. Shawn Mendes (Singapore, 9 December & Bangkok, 11 December)

At 16, Shawn Mendes became the youngest artist in music history to ever make it to the Billboard Top 100 when his first single entered the chart in 2014. Now, the Canadian pop star has two albums under his belt and has churned out songs you probably know all the lyrics to like 'Stitches', 'Treat You Better', and 'Mercy'.

Mendes is set to take the stage at Singapore's The Star Theatre on 9 December and Bangkok's Impact Arena on 11 December, followed by two more confirmed dates in Hong Kong and Japan. Tickets for the Singapore show are priced from SGD88 (RM273) to SGD168 (RM521) and will go on sale starting 12 May @ 10am via APACTix, while tickets for the Bangkok show are priced from 2,000 Baht (RM251) to 5,000 Baht (RM628) and will go on sale starting 12 May @ 10am via Thai Ticket Major.

10. The xx (Singapore, 25 July)

Having released a new album in January, the indie/electronic pop trio will be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 25 July, one of the only two Asian stops in their world tour.

Tickets are priced from SGD98 (RM304) to SGD148 (RM459), and are currently on sale via SportsHubTix.

11. Bastille (Singapore, 14 August)

How am I gonna be an optimist about this? :(

Bastille is returning to Singapore for the THIRD time this year, after playing their first headlining concert in 2015 (which also saw them stop by Malaysia) and performing at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix in 2016.

The English indie pop band will be performing at The Star Theatre, The Star Performing Centre on 14 August. Tickets, priced from SGD68 (RM211) to SGD148 (RM459), are available for sale via Sistic.

12. All Time Low (Singapore, 17 August)

In one of only two announced dates in Southeast Asia, All Time Low will be bringing their 'Young Renegades Tour' to Singapore on 17 August at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets, priced at SGD128 (RM397), have just been made available on 2 May via Asia Box Office.

13. Foo Fighters (Bangkok, 24 August & Singapore, 26 August)

Image via NME

After a devastating cancellation in 2012 and months of rumours, Foo Fighters confirmed that they will be making three stops in Asia - South Korea, Bangkok, and Singapore - after playing the Summer Sonic in Japan.

Get more details on the concert here.

14. DNCE (Bangkok, 10 August & Singapore, 15 August)

Image via iHeartRadio

Having brought us catchy hits like 'Toothbrush' and 'Cake In the Ocean', the Joe Jonas-fronted band are set to play in South East Asia for the first time! The band - which also comprises of guitarist Jinjoo Lee, drummer Jack Lawless, and bassist and keyboardist Cole Whittle - will be performing live on 10 August at Bangkok's Muang Thai GMM Live House, Central World and on 15 August at Singapore's Suntec Convention Centre Hall 403.

Tickets for the Bangkok show are priced from THB2,500 (RM315) and will go on sale via Thai Ticket Major from 25 June onwards, while tickets for the Singapore show are priced from SGD98 (RM303) to SGD278 (RM860) and will go on sale via APACTix from 22 June onwards. VIP packages, which include meet and greet, priority entry, and exclusive merchandise, are also available.

15. Dream Theater (Singapore, 3 October)

Image via Noisefull

Prog-metal titans Dream Theater will be returning to Singapore for the fourth time in over a decade on 3 October at Zepp @ Big Box in Jurong, Singapore's newest gig hall. The band will also be playing in four cities in Japan, with Singapore being the only other Asian stop of their 'Images, Words & Beyond Tour'.

Follow the event organisers LAMC Productions on Facebook for the announcement of ticketing details.

This list will be updated as more announcements come in

On the bright side, Ed Sheeran is heading our way this year:

This year's Good Vibes Festival has also confirmed a solid lineup that includes Phoenix, Kodaline, G-Eazy, and many more:

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