Big shows coming up on the island: Halsey, Fergie and more Bali music buzz

Editor’s Note: Halsey’s plans have changed since this article was published. She will now be headlining for the Sunny Side Up Festival at Potato Head, instead of performing in Nusa Dua. 

We’ve got some pretty big names coming through our live music scene in the coming months.

First off, Bali has been announced as one of the stops on Halsey’s 2018 world tour.

The American Bad at Love singer will be performing at the Manarai Beach House in Nusa Dua on August 12 as a part of her four-continent Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour.

Aside from her killer vocals and burst on to the electronic dance music scene — rocketed by the hit Closer, which she did guest verses on with the Chainsmokers — Halsey is also known for being an open book (e.g. her candor about suffering from bipolar disorder, being a proud misfit, plus some sexuality stuff that we won’t mention here. Go Google it yourself!).

Some of her most widely known songs include Ghost, New Americana, and Colors, all from her 2015 debut album, Badlands.

Opening for Halsey will be NIKI, our latest obsession — an Indonesian R&B singer on the rise, who has previously collaborated with Rich Brian (you know, the Indonesian rapper formerly known as Rich Chigga).

Early bird tickets are going for IDR600k (US$42) right here, while general admission tix will later run for IDR800k (US$56). VIP ticket options start from IDR1 million (US$71).

This week’s Halsey announcement from Indonesian event organizer Ismaya Live comes after the big reveal earlier this year that Fergie will be headlining Nusa Dua at Mulia’s Rapture Summer Party on September 1.

Rapture is the five-star hotel’s “daytime lifestyle party” at their famed ocean-side, party-friendly pool. Compared to Halsey’s show, Rapture’s going to cost a pretty penny with general admission tickets starting at IDR2.9 million++ (US$205) and VIP packages going all the way up to IDR16.8 million++ (US$1,187) for a four-seat VIP table.

Here’s our Ferglicious Queen of Sing-along Spelling, tweeting straight at us here:

Some other big names to look forward to in Bali this year…

OK, word on the street is that efforts are underway to get a few of our favorite teenage anthem-makers, Good Charlotte and Limp Bizkit, as well as the re-formed English ambient group, Slowdive, to headline at one (or some) of Bali’s big music festivals later in the year.

This is just the industry gossip, though, friends — none of those acts are confirmed to come by our island. Yet.

Maybe we just want to help you forget that appalling shit show of a performance in Canggu from one-time Grammy award winner Macy Gray last year.

Anyway, 2018 is shaping up to be a better year for live performances already. More updates on music fest line-ups as we get them!

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