Gigs in May: Bruno Mars, The Impatient Sisters, a Bob Marley Tribute and more

Buro Culture Guide


By Su Fen Tan

Gigs in May: Bruno Mars, The Impatient Sisters, a Bob Marley Tribute and more

5 & 6 May (Sat & Sun), Cirque de la Symphonie @ Dewan Filharmonik Petronas

Watch the magic of cirque unfold in a concert hall. After its extraordinary collaboration with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) in 2015, Cirque de la Symphonie is back to amaze the audiences with its exciting adaption of artistic performances choreographed to classical masterpieces and popular contemporary music.

Tickets start from RM150. For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

9 May (Wed), Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour @ Putra Indoor Stadium

If you haven’t heard, Bruno Mars’ concert will still go on as planned. We suppose there’s no reason for it not to—after casting your all-important vote in the day, live it up with Bruno while you await the results. All 12,000 tickets have been sold out, but we won’t rule out trying your luck to scour the net for people reselling them.

11- 13 May (Fri – Sun), Borneo Jazz Festival @ Coco Cabana, Miri

Back for its 13th year, the Borneo Jazz Festival will feature an all-new format with two live stages. This edition is curated by No Black Tie, with international artists all the way from Italy, Poland, France, Switzerland, China and Japan to perform alongside some of the leading jazz acts from our region.

Tickets start from RM124. For ticketing and more information, visit the website.

11 May (Fri), Hanyut Special Showcase by The Impatient Sisters @ The Bee, Publika

Delve into The Impatient Sisters’ ‘Hanyut’ in a showcase that will see the indie folk trio perform and present the music video for their second Malay single. A slightly darker tune compared to their older songs, ‘Hanyut’ tells the story of finding peace after heartbreak. Supporting acts Kita:Orang and Battle Bloom are also set to take to the stage that evening.

There’ll be an admission fee of RM50. For more information, visit the event page.

12 May (Sat), An Honest Mistake’s The Corporate EP Launch Party @ The Bee, Publika

Spend your weekend back-to-back at The Bee and join in the fun as An Honest Mistake throws a smashing party to commemorate their new EP. Besides the band themselves, there’ll be guest performance by Battle Bloom, Haneri and Throne Away. Shipwreck Tattoos and Attic Jewelry & Piercing will also be there for your tattoo and piercing needs.

For more information, visit the event page.

13 May (Sun), Sasha Nichole, Nadhira, Haneri, Aisyah Aziz & Kayda @ No Black Tie

Five ladies, and one spectacular evening of music at No Black Tie await showgoers next Sunday. The singers come from diverse blend of genres, from hip hop to jazz and blue – each of them is a powerhouse in their own right.

There’ll be an admission fee of RM64. For more information, visit the event page.

18 May (Sat), The Bob Marley Tribute @ The Bee, Publika

In honour of the 37th death anniversary Bob Marley a.k.a. the King of Reggae, celebrate with a tribute to the late legend at The Bee. The tribute will be lead by an all-star band comprising of local, homegrown talent, along with featured vocalists Danielle Desiree Williams of Skies Are Red, Megat Zahrin, Fuad Alhabshi of Kyoto Protocol, Emmanuel Joseph of Kaya, and Aina Abdul.

There’ll be an admission fee of RM20. For more information, visit the event page.

18 & 19 May (Sat & Sun), Bizhu @ Bobo KL

Her energy is uplifting and infectious, and she’s got the charisma to match her soulful, powerful vocals. Revel in Bihzhu’s original compositions and eclectic covers as she takes over the Bobo stage backed by Nish Tham on piano, Jude Macson Bensing on guitar, Shakey Shakey on Bass and Ryan Lee Bhaskaran on percussion.

There will be a cover charge of RM60 for non-Bobo diners. For more information, visit the event page.

26 & 27 May (Sat & Sun), …And The Curtain Rises @ KLPac

A satellite event for the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival (happening in August this year), …And The Curtain Rises will see 12 singer-songwriters being paired up to write 12 brand new songs in a mere 12-hour period. They’ll have to make it work, one way or another, because the new numbers will be recorded live there and then to be made into a CD. If that’s not enough to pique your interest, here’s the lineup: Aina Abdul, Brendan de Cruz, Beverly Matujal, Dickson Chai, Endee Ahmad, Fuad of Kyoto Protocol, Isaac Ho, Melissa Toh, Nick Davis, Otam, Priscillia Xavier and duo Shir Ling & Jacq Teng.

For more information, visit the website.

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