Nightlife Manila: The Best Events & Gigs on Dec. 14-20, 2023

Nightlife Manila: JBL Sound Fest 2023, Plus 9 Amazing Events

Another weekend in Manila is upon us and this spells for a jam-packed schedule of concerts and gigs, happy hour and cocktail nights, fresh raves, and club nights you must not miss. We saved you the stress of planning your weekend and week ahead with our rundown of the best nightlife events.

To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Manila to see what’s best in store for nightlife and partying in the city from this Thursday to next Wednesday.   

1. Vibin’ HOLIDAYS! at Eton Centris

Vibin’ HOLIDAYS! at Eton Centris
Photo by Facebook/Eton Centris

Groove into a sensational night of music and gratitude at “Vibin' Holidays!: A Thanksgiving Concert” this Thursday at Eton Centris Walk Activity Center in Quezon City. Enjoy an incredible lineup of performances by Silent Sanctuary, Imago, Sunkissed Lola, Magnus Haven, Betterdays, HEY JUNE!, The Vowels They Orbit, and Ace Banzuelo. This FREE concert is presented by Eton Centris in partnership with Tanduay.

2. DJCJ at XYLO at The Palace

DJCJ at XYLO at The Palace
Photo by Instagram/DJCJ

Experience a DJ party like no other and vibe out to the incredible sounds and energy of DJCJ at XYLO at The Palace this Thursday night. DJCJ (or Chris Joseph) is renowned for his rich career in DJ-ing and producing. He is also behind the mega-viral "Bing Bong" meme remix. With his diverse influences and exciting musical content, partygoers are sure to have a blast in his first show in Manila. Doors open at 11:30 PM. Click here for reservations.

3. JBL Sound Fest 2023

JBL Sound Fest 2023
Photo by Facebook/JBL Philippines

Brace yourself for the JBL Sound Fest 2023, happening at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds this Friday, and prepare to be blown away by the performances of Kamikazee, Parokya ni Edgar, Adie, Al James, and special guests H3rizon and Tigerlily. To secure a spot, join the JBL Barkada Travel Tunes promo and register. With every purchase of JBL products worth at least P3,000, you'll receive a free concert pass.

4. SwiftFest: The Ultimate Swiftie Year-End Party

SwiftFest: The Ultimate Swiftie Year End Party
Photo by Instagram/Club Red PH

Get ready for the ultimate year-end celebration at “SwiftFest: The Ultimate Swiftie Year-End Party,” presented by Club Red PH, in partnership with McKinley Whisky Park and Charles & James Light. Happening this Saturday, this event marks the celebration of Club Red PH's second anniversary and Taylor Swift's birthday!

Prepare for an epic night of music, cocktails, recreational facilities (for VIP ticket holders), freebies, merchandise, delicious food stalls, special guest performances, and more. Get tickets via Club Red PH to secure your spot for an unforgettable night.

5. Elephant Gym With Special Guest: Musical O

Elephant Gym With Special Guest: Musical O
Photo by Facebook/Elephant Gym

Manila-based music curator and events production The Rest Is Noise PH presents “Elephant Gym Live in Manila” on Dec. 16 (Sat) at Balcony Music House in Makati City. The Taiwan-based math-rock outfit will take the local stage with their electrifying sounds featuring special guest, Musical O. Grab your regular tickets for P1,500 before they’re gone! Walk-ins will not be allowed once regular tickets are sold out.

6. Clara Benin ‘befriending my tears’ Album Tour Kickoff

Clara Benin ‘befriending my tears’ Album Tour Kickoff
Photo by Facebook/Clara Benin

Catch singer-songwriter Clara Benin as she kicks off the tour for her latest album "befriending my tears" this Saturday at Studio Simula. Experience an extended set by Clara, with special guest Munimuni, and enjoy the merch and cafe pop-ups available during the event. Regular tickets are priced at P1,000 (until Dec. 15), while walk-ins are priced at P1,200.


Photo by Facebook/gRAVE

Prepare to embark on a dark and exhilarating journey at “THE BLACK CHRISTMAS,” presented by gRAVE prod. This event's lineup features an impressive array of acts and DJs, including Rockstargumdrop, PROMOTE VIOLENCE, fr:(wn, s///twrist, Showtime Official Club, Chain Messages b2b k1ko, Avant Garden (First Set), and aaa_paro.

Each artist will bring their unique sound to Paper Lantern in Quezon City to create an unforgettable experience. Pre-sale passes are available for P250, and walk-in passes will be sold for P350.

8. Come Home to Christmas

Come Home to Christmas
Photo by Facebook/Samsung Performing Arts Theater

Get ready for a heartwarming celebration as you “Come Home to Christmas” at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater this Saturday. Prepare to be captivated by live performances from the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, Steps Dance Studio Project, UST Singers, Bituin Escalante, Lara Maigue, and Jep Go. Don't miss this magical event! For ticket inquiries, send an email to [email protected].

9. ‘KAIA IS HERE’ 1st Solo Concert

‘KAIA IS HERE’ 1st Solo Concert
Photo by Facebook/KAIA

Mark your calendars for a sensational night as Filipino girl group KAIA brings their first solo concert, “KAIA IS HERE,” to Teatrino Promenade in San Juan this Tuesday. Consisting of members Angela, Charlotte, Sophia, Alexa, and Charice, the group released their pre-debut single “KAYA” on Dec. 10, 2021, and has since received nominations from Awit Awards, P-Pop Awards, and TikTok Awards Philippines, among others. Don't miss this milestone event of KAIA! Get your tickets now via Ticketnet.

10. AEGIS ‘The Christmas Bonus Concert’

AEGIS ‘The Christmas Bonus Concert’
Photo by Website/TicketWorld

Iconic Filipino band AEGIS is back with their 25th anniversary concert at The Theatre at Solaire this Wednesday. Join a night filled with timeless music and feel the festive spirit as they perform their beloved holiday tune, “Christmas Bonus,” and other classic hits. Secure your seats now via TicketWorld.

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