American singer and guitarist, John Mayer. (Photo courtesy of John Mayer's Instagram official)

Throw Your Hands in the Air Like You Just Don't Care: Five Concerts to Look Forward to in 2019


DECEMBER 31, 2018

Jakarta. From American pop crooner John Mayer to K-Pop sensation Blackpink, Indonesians will be spoilt for choice when it comes to live concerts next year.

So get ready to throw your hands in the air like you just don't care! But keep your wallet handy since these concerts surely won't come cheap!

Jan, 20: Blackpink


Korean girl band Blackpink will return to Indonesia in January during their "BLACKPINK 2019 World Tour In Your Area."

The K-pop sensation created a controversy in Indonesia this year when e-commerce platform Shopee featured the scantily clad girls in a video commercial that some Indonesians criticized for being "indecent."

One of YG Entertainment's biggest acts, Blackpink will play on Jan. 20 at Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD in Tangerang.

Blackpink shot to K-pop stardom since the release of their "Square Up" EP in June this year.

Its lead single, "Ddu-du Ddu-du," peaked at No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest rank ever for an all-female K-pop act.

The music video has attracted over 450 million views on YouTube.

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March 1: Kodaline


Irish rock band Kodaline will play at Istora Senayan in Jakarta on the Asian leg of its "The 2019 Politics of Loving Tour" on March 1.

Formed in 2005, Kodaline is made up of singer Stephen Garrigan, guitarist Mark Prendergast, drummer Vinny May and bassist Jason Boland.

"All I Want," the single from the band's 2012 debut EP "The Kodaline EP," was Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1.

The band gained international fame when the song was used in an episode of "Grey’s Anatomy" in the same year.

The band’s 2013 single "High Hopes" topped the Irish Singles Chart.

Tickets will be available online from Jan. 9. The presale price is Rp 600,000 ($41). Reserve your tickets here:

April 5: John Mayer


The 41-year-old American singer and guitarist John Mayer has a busy schedule in 2019.

He announced on Dec. 11 on social media that he will do a run of solo tour dates in Australia and Asia, beginning in late March until mid-April.

Indonesia will be the third stop of his Asian tour leg after Bangkok.

Mayer released his seventh studio album, "The Search for Everything," back in April last year.

His 2017 world tour to promote the album hailed the return of the John Mayor Trio, with bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan.

However, Mayer had not said whether or not the two musicians would be joining him on the upcoming tour.

Details of his Indonesian tour have not been released to the public. For up-to-date information, head to

May 3: Ed Sheeran


After canceling his performance in Indonesia and postponing some of his Asian tour dates following a cycling accident in London last year, British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has now confirmed a solo concert at the 88,000-capacity Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in South Jakarta on May 3 next year.

The singer's management in the United Kingdom has also announced the second phase of his Asian tour, which will take the "Shape of You" singer to South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Japan.

Jakarta will be the sixth stop for Sheeran on the Southeast Asian leg of the "Ed Sheeran Divide World Tour 2019."

The singer first gained international fame with "The A Team" in 2011. His other big hits are "Gallaway Girl," "Castle on the Hill," "Shape of You" and "The A Team."

Tickets range from Rp 550,000 to Rp 2.6 million. For more information, head to

May 24: Lauv

New York-based singer Lauv and American rock band Goo Goo Dolls closed out the Java Jazz Festival in North Jakarta on Sunday (04/03).(Photo courtesy of Dina Fitri Anisa)
New York-based singer Lauv and American rock band Goo Goo Dolls closed out the Java Jazz Festival in North Jakarta on Sunday.(Photo courtesy of Dina Fitri Anisa)


Who doesn't love "Paris In The Rain" by Lauv? The song seems to have taken over the radio this year with its heartfelt lyrics and soft crooning vocals, which made young fans fall head over heels with the San Francisco-based singer.

Indonesia will be the fifth country in Lauv's Spring Asian Solo Tour after Hong Kong.

The singer, whose real name is Ari Staprans Leff, will play at the Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta on May 24.

The 24-year-old's most popular song in Indonesia is the international hit, "I Like Me Better."

Tickets for the Lauv concert start at Rp 500,000 ($33). More info at