Music: Beats & Gigs

Being the most fun period of the year filled with school breaks and overseas travels, it’s no surprise that many forms of global entertainment take place during the summer. We’ve got exciting new albums, as well as a list of spectacular concerts to enjoy this season.

Foo Fighters:
But Here We Are
Release Date: 2 June 2023

This is the super band’s first album since the sudden passing of its drummer, Taylor Hawkins. It is described as a new chapter in the band’s journey and it also marks a new identity for the band. The band has only released one single from the album so far, the calming and cryptic Rescued back in April.


Jason Mraz:
Mystical Magical Rhythmical Ride
Release Date: 23 June 2023

If you think the album title sounds playful and experimental, then you’re truly up for an interesting ride. The singer’s chill-dude-with-a-guitar persona has picked himself up from his patio chair and decided to get wild. Evident from the first single, I Feel Like Dancing, the singer brought in fanfare brass and electronic samples into this new adventure.

Rita Ora:
Release Date: 16 July 2023

Rita Ora sets up her presence further with the upcoming new album. Her third studio album is a personal work, nicknamed RO3, and it will be describing her life in the last few years – like an audio diary. Its first single, Praising You, made news everywhere for reworking Fatboy Slim’s legendary track into something totally fresh.


Jennifer Lopez:
This is Me… Now
Release Date: 21 July 2023

A sequel to the world-renowned singer’s monumental 2002 album, This is Me… Then, and her first album after a nine-year-long hiatus. Fans of the all-around entertainer have been waiting for this one for a while, especially with the personal track, Dear Ben. Apart from the excitement, Lopez herself described this as a statement that is finally need to be addressed.

Asia Pacific, rejoice! A list of A-listers gracing the stages of your favourite cities.


2-4 June 2023
Java Jazz Festival
Jakarta Convention Center

16 June 2023
Yura Yunita
Tennis Indoor Senayan

12-13 August 2023
The 90s Festival
Gambir Expo Kemayoran


23 June 2023

24 June 2023
Behind The Green Door

24 June 2023
Canna Bali


3 June 2023
Damien Rice
The Star Theatre

17-18 June 2023
Singapore Indoor Stadium

18-19 July 2023
The 1975
Marina Bay Sands

Hong Kong

21-24 June 2023
Cecile McLorin Salvant
Carlyle & Co.

10 July 2023
Cigarettes After Sex
Star Hall

16 July 2023
The Strokes
Asia World Expo


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