Jakarta. This year was an unnerving one in both politics and entertainment, but the good news is 2017 is shaping up better with several big name acts visiting the country in the first half of the year.
1. Bryan Adams (Jan. 16)
Leading promoter Live Nation is set to bring Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer Bryan Adams to Indonesia in January. Jakarta is the first stop for Adams on the Southeast Asia leg of the Get up concert tour. He will perform his newest hits from his latest "Get Up" album such as “Brand New Day,” “You Belong to Me” and “Don’t Even Try,” along with his previous hit singles such as “Everything I Do (I Do it For You),” “Run To You” and “Summer of 69.” The concert will be held at Grand Ballroom, The Ritz Carlton Pacific Place, South Jakarta on Jan. 16. Tickets range from Rp 1.39 million ($102) to Rp 3.6 million.
2. Sheila on 7 (Jan. 27)
Yogyakarta alternative rock band Sheila on 7 will play Empirica in South Jakarta's SCBD Jan. 7 ahead of a new album expected next year after the band left major label Sony Music Indonesia. Early bird ticket price starts from Rp 200,000.
3. Koes Plus (Feb. 4)
Legendary band, Koes Plus will take their fans on a walk down memory lane at Balai Sarbini, South Jakarta, on Feb. 4. The "Andaikan Koes Plus Datang Kembali" ("If Only Koes Plus Come Back") show will feature local band the Rain as opening act. The band is set to perform popular songs such as “Andaikan Kau Datang Kembali” ("If Only You Come Back"), “Buat Apa Susah” ("Why Bother") and “Bis Sekolah” ("School Bus").
4. The Moffatts Farewell Tours (Feb. 24)
90s pop-rock group the Moffatts will reunite for a farewell tour in Bali and Jakarta. After a hiatus since 2001, the band has decided to bring back their greatest singles special for their fans such as “If Life is So Short” and “Miss You Like Crazy.” While Dave Moffatt won't be joining the tour, the rest are ready to entertain fans at Hard Rock Cafe, South Jakarta on Feb.19. They will also hold the concert at Hard Rock Café, Bali on Feb.24.
5. Java Jazz Festival (March 3)
The annual jazz festival Java Jazz will be back for its13th times next year with more local and international musicians. Last year, well-known international musicians like David Foster, Robin Thicke, Chris Botti and Sting jazzed up the event along with Indonesian rising stars Yura Yunita and Isyana Sarasvati. This year the event aims to add more international musicians such as Cuban composer and jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, British Jazz band Incognito, US singer Elliott Yamin and contemporary jazz-rock American music group Blood Sweat and Tears into their lineup. According to the Java Jazz official websites, Tiga Dara and Indra Perkasa is in their local artist Wishlist and expected to perform in the event following their successful 6oth anniversary concert this year. Java Jazz will take place at JIEXPO Kemayoran, Central Jakarta on Mar. 3. Tickets are available at a starting price of Rp 500,000.