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Marina Bay Sands to launch inaugural Music Festival Where Music Takes Over, featuring David Tao, Ellie Goulding, J Balvin and more

The Festival will see more than 10 concerts staged across the integrated resort from 15 July to 2 August and additional tickets released for The 1975

SINGAPORE (16 June 2023) – Marina Bay Sands is set to take music fans on a sonic journey with its inaugural Music Festival, Where Music Takes Over – a celebration of culture, music, and live entertainment. The Festival will bring in an impressive line-up of performances and fringe activities at various venues across the integrated resort over nearly three weeks, from 15 July to 2 August.

Marina Bay Sands will play host to over 10 concerts and musical performances during the
Festival, headlined by leading names in global entertainment, including Taiwanese Mandopop singer David Tao, English pop sensation Ellie Goulding, and Colombian singer, songwriter and music producer J Balvin.

These global music icons will join an already impressive line-up of previously announced
headlining acts performing at Marina Bay Sands as part of the Music Festival, comprising The 1975, The Strokes, RINI, Sabrina Carpenter and A$AP Ferg. The rest of the festival line-up will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Prolific composer and singer-songwriter David Tao is making a highly anticipated return to Singapore on 16 July. From nostalgic ballads to recent tracks, the six-time Golden Melody Award-winner will present a harmonic splendour and serenade fans with staples of Mandpop melodies. Known as the godfather of Mandarin R&B, Tao’s name is synonymous with the Mandopop genre, with a string of awards under his belt, including for Best Male Mandarin Artist and Best Song of the Year. Known for his signature crossover genre of R&B and hard rock tunes, Tao has been making waves in the scene since his debut in 1997 and has built a solid brand and career in the music industry over the past few decades.

Pop connoisseur Ellie Goulding will take fans on a mesmerising auditory escapade on 26 July with her unique vocal dexterity and mellifluous hit tracks. Goulding has had many successes in her illustrious career, which began when her first album “Lights” debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, spawning a global obsession and breaking through the mainstream pop scene. A consistent hit producer, Goulding has since earned a slate of accolades and achievements, bagging multiple wins at the Brit Awards and a Billboard Music Award for Top Electronic/Dance Song, as well as nominations for major music awards, including a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. More recently, Goulding’s fifth latest studio album, “Higher Than Heaven”, took number 1 spot on the UK Albums Charts. Her new track with Scottish DJ and producer Calvin Harris, “Miracle”, also topped the UK Single Charts for seven weeks.

The sonic journey continues with J Balvin on 28 July to deliver a captivating high-energy
performance. J Balvin has been revered as one of the best-selling Latin artists of all time by Billboard. His breakthrough came when his hit single “6 AM” peaked at number 2 on the Billboard in 2014. The Colombian superstar’s undisputed musical prowess led him to become the first Latino artist to headline global music festivals, such as Coachella and Tomorrowland. J Balvin has also worked alongside many industry luminaries, including Beyonce, Daddy Yankee, Pharrell Williams and Cardi B.

Tickets for Ellie Goulding and J Balvin will go on sale on 20 June at 12pm and 3pm
respectively, while tickets for David Tao will go on sale on 23 June, 12pm, via Marina Bay
Sands’ website.

After selling out two back-to-back shows in March, Marina Bay Sands and Live Nation are
releasing additional tickets per night on 18 and 19 July for The 1975’s concert at Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Tickets are available via Marina Bay Sands’ website and Ticketmaster.

Festival fever will continue at MARQUEE Singapore, LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar, Bread Street Kitchen & Bar and Yardbird Southern Table & Bar as the various establishments will roll out unique experiences and Festival-themed programmes during the month.

For more details and exciting updates on Where Music Takes Over, go to

For more ticketing information, please refer to the table below.

David Tao
Date & Time: Sunday, 16 July 2023
Venue: Sands Grand Ballroom
Ticket prices: VIP: S$248, A Res: S$198, B Res: S$158, C Res: S$118, D Res: S$88
*excludes S$4 booking fee

Date & Time: Monday, 17 July 2023
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Hall D
Ticket prices: S$108 and S$196 (with meet and greet)
*excludes S$4 booking fee

The 1975
Date & Time: Tuesday, 18 July 2023 & Wednesday, 19 July 2023
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls E&F
Ticket price: S$128
*excludes S$4 booking fee

A$AP Ferg
Date & Time: Saturday, 22 July 2023
Venue: MARQUEE Singapore
Ticket prices: S$80 for ladies, S$90 for men, and S$200 for expedited entry
*excludes booking fee

Ellie Goulding
Date & Time: Wednesday, 26 July 2023
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls E&F
Ticket prices: S$138 to S$188
*excludes S$4 booking fee

Sabrina Carpenter
Date & Time: Thursday, 27 July 2023
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls E&F
Ticket prices:S$98
*excludes S$4 booking fee

J Balvin
Date & Time: Friday, 28 July 2023
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls E&F
Ticket prices: S$138 to S$188
*excludes S$4 booking fee

The Strokes
Date & Time: Wednesday, 2 August 2023
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Halls E&F
Ticket prices: S$148 to S$296
*excludes S$4 booking fee


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