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Kuala Lumpur Nightlife Guide - Live, Arts, Stage & Comedy 18 January 2023

Kuala Lumpur Nightlife Guide - Live, Arts, Stage & Comedy 18 January 2023

January continues with a selection of what's going on with Live Music, arts, theatre, and comedy across the Klang Valley this week ahead. And we have some really good activity going on this Chinese New Year week and the weekend ahead. Be Supportive. Be careful. Be Alert, Be Kind. Stay Safe and Enjoy. Be mindful of all SOPs in place. Kong Hee Fatt Choy from all of us at The City List KL.

Crane KL Live

Live music at Crane KL to accompany your eats and drinks and cocktails in the heart of Chinatown KL. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Crane KL welcomes everyone to their scenic restaurant and Upstairs bar where you can expect excellent service, tasty food, fine wine, draught beers and deliciously interesting craft cocktails in warm and comfortable surroundings.

On the Live front this week, Crane KL restaurant downstairs brings you some of our hometown greats in our live and jazz music scene from 8pm onwards. The inimitable Russell Curtis performs on Friday. On Saturday Lakshmi and Yew Han are set to perform. To end the week, there's Sunday Chill and Jive from Sunday noon with Mary Jackson and Eddy Zachariah on vocals and piano.

All-day dining begins at noon (Sunday 10am) and closes at midnight with the last order at 11.30pm. A breakfast menu will be offered on Sundays. Upstairs cocktail bar opens Tues-Sunday from 4pm with 1+1 on Cocktails from 4pm to 9pm Wed & Thur. Bookings available +6012-209 7057 / +6013-218 5712. Visit / /

Crane KL, 78, Jalan Sultan, KL


This Chinese New Year Weekend will be the peak of The Back Ground KL's entertainment programming this week. We've got Sound of Kites, Heidi Moru and Hyke Nasir for live music on Saturday bringing that indie vibe, as well as Pokets coming to spin for them on Sunday for an afternoon of smooth disco, funk and soul. There's nothing we love more than supporting our local artists and having them perform at their space. Visit / for information.

REX KL, 80, Jalan Sultan, KL

Live at Pisco KL

Pisco KL presents JLO the Band this 19 January 2023 8pm downstairs. Free entry. Call +603-2142 2900 for bookings and information. Visit Pisco KL on their Facebook page at for more information and dates and more booking details.

Pisco KL, 29, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, KL

The Iron Fairies KL Live

There's live music at The Iron Fairies KL from Wednesdays to Saturdays from the Fairy Dust Factory Stage from 8pm. This week: Wednesday with Emmanuel. Thursday The Jason Raj Trio ft Timothy Achariam and Donnie Keys take to the stage. Friday features New Dawn. Saturday sees Kaya the band perform. Call +6016-221 3612 or visit for more information and reservations.

The Iron Fairies KL, H-G-06, HIVES, TREC, 438, Jalan Tun Razak, KL

Simply Live & Simply Jazz by Tin Box

 Want to relax and forget the chaos of city life? The doors at Simply Live by Tin Box are wide open and they are ready to have you over. Come on down to unwind and get your fill of live music, delicious food and even better company. They have their very own Resident Band ready to put on a memorable stage show every Wednesday to Saturday. Stars of Simply Live include singers June Wong, Hoyee Chan, Xing Mars, Karmun Ooi, Scott Jerome, and musicians David Nooi, Lee Peng, Chit Wei, JC Lew, CJ.

In the mood for some jazz tunes? There's also their newly opened Simply Jazz by Tin Box. Expect great classics such as Charlie Parker's Summertime, Crystal Silence by Chick Corea and so much more, as their musicians take the stage every Wednesday through Saturday. Sit back, relax and immerse yourself in the intimate space at Reserve your table today.


Thursday: Michael Veerapen (piano), Andrew Cheng (guitars), Tasneem (bass), Cliff Wong (drums).

Opening times: Tues - Thurs: 6:30pm – 12am / Fri & Sat: 6:30pm – 1am /Sun & Mon: Closed . Make your reservations: More info:


The grassroots live music bar continues with music and performances and highly original music from homegrown artistes. For this month of this New Year they are celebrating 10 years of grassroots music.

Wednesday: Singer songwriters Kenneth Leow and Amrita Soon. Acoustic open mics: Deborah Gan and Two Pairs of Scissors.

Thursday: Urban folk jazz with Kirsten Long and folk rock with Ally Liew. Acoustic open mics Ian Tai and Euodia.

Friday: Blues rock with Keith Kamalaraj and The Casualties and funk folk with Otam. Acoustic open mics: Irena and Syakir.

Saturday: Indie rock with Syakir and The Rombongan and garage blues rock with Jack's A Dull Boy.

Tickets for this week: Free entry Tips for musicians expected. Check out their website at for information, on ticketing/entry/reservation. Member reservations: +6018-661 4553.

More information Opening times: Live Bar 8pm, Bar B and The Balcony Bar 7pm.

Merdekarya, 352 1st Flr, Jalan 5/57, Petaling Garden, PJ

Live at Jao Tim presents

Table Lamp Concert on 18 January 2023 – Songs of Lady Gaga with Nicolaz (vocals) and Daniel Bryan (keys). 8 pm onwards.

Live at Jao Tim presents, on 20 January 2023, Adil Johan Quintet introducing MC Snitch for a night of indie soul, jazz and hip hop. 8.30pm onwards. Featuring Adil Johan (vocal and sax), Jaime Gunter (bass), Farique Nadzir (guitars), Birgitta Abeysekra (keys), Ashwin Gobinath (drums).

Visit Jao Tim, purchase tickets and for more information on performances, their regular jam sessions and dinner at

Jao Tim, 61 (First Flr), Jalan Sultan, KL

Kinda Blue Jazz Club & Restaurant

The KL Jazz Club promotes monthly Jazz, Blues, Funk, R&B, Classic Rock and Creative Music shows by both international and local artistes. There's usually live music on Saturday nights with Rodin JS Kumar on Bass, Jordan Rivers on guitar/vocals, VJ Thison on drums and D. Jumawan on Keys/Piano. For reservations and booking Whatsapp +6012-571 7759 or book via Visit for more information.

Kinda Blue Jazz Club & Restaurant, Basement, KL Jazz & Arts Centre, 1 Lorong Kapar, off Jalan Syed Putra, KL


Malaysia's Longest Running Independent Music Venue. Visit or or for information. Purchase tickets here (The Bee). For group or table rsvp: Whatsapp +6017-565 4233.

The Bee, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL

JAMA Live Nights

Haven’t had the chance to experience Jama Live nights yet? They have bands every week for you to come down and have a jamm(a)in’ time. Check out / or their Instagram page for information and reservations.

JAMA KL, JG03, Jalan Solaris, Mont Kiara, KL


It's a January of Jokes with a Total Comedy Take-Over at BoboKL for the entire month; it’s The January Joke Fest. Next up Phoon Chi Ho comes to BoboKL this weekend to help you usher in the Lunar New Year with laughter and cheer….let the good times roll this 19-21 January 2023. 8pm.

BoboKL still has music All Week Long. Go with friends for casual fun and good music. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are Bobo LightNights. Tuesdays showcase Guitar n' Jiwa with various guests. And there's Wednesday Jazz Christmas with David Gomez. WhatsApp +6012-263 8603 for reservations or just head up.

Tickets required. WhatsApp +6012-263 8603 for reservations. Visit for tickets to shows available and for details and SOPs.

Bobo, 65-2, Jalan Bangkung, KL

Crackhouse Comedy Club

They're bringing back those great weekend shows, but now at SoulCity Hub in Kelana Jaya, PJ, Selangor. Happening this Thurdsay 19th Jan 2023, 8.30pm. Joining the lineup, Mr 2 time Netflix star Dr Jason Leong, also supported by the beard master Prakash Daniel and hosted by the old crack master Rizal Van Geyzel. Headlined by an international mystery guest star. Start your CNY with a haha-huat!

The Joke Factory

John Robertson is a splendid beast when it comes to comedy. Besides being a mainstay of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with sell out runs year after year, he has headlined in Melbourne, Singapore, the Philippines and Hong Kong. Now, he will perform at The Joke Factory on January 20th 2023 with not ONE but TWO shows At 8:30PM and 10:30PM. Don't miss out on his show and get your tickets now!

What are proper jokes? This time is a no-no! Their jokes have no humanity. Come to the Joke factory on 19 January, 2023 for some Jokes Against Humanity. Featuring Mikhail Svrcula, Yash, Arul, Juliana Heng, Mahyar and Nuha, hosted by the hilarious Nat Kang Comedy.

On Tuesdays 8.15pm, head over to TJF for Open Mic. If you’ve ever wanted to try stand-up comedy, this is the platform for you. Come and watch first-timers, regular open micers and established comedians try out their newest stuff all for your enjoyment. Every famous and hilarious comedian you have ever watched started out the same way, so witness the birth of great bits and even greater performers.

Visit for information about the Publika based comedy house. Whatsapp Link for tickets: Seats are limited due to SOP.

The Joke Factory, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, KL


Visit KLPac's Facebook page and for information about KLPac and for more information on what's coming up.  Buy Tickets. Online Purchase @ CloudTheatre: No phone sales and over the counter sales. E-tickets only.

KLPAC, Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, KL


Visit PJPac at / to find out more on what's coming up. Get your tickets at

PJPAC, S611, Second Floor, 1 Utama E, 1 Utama Shopping Centre,1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, PJ


Visit DPAC at / to find out more on what's coming up and for ticketing information. Or call the box office at +603-4065 0001.

H-01, DPAC, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU 8/8, Damansara Perdana, PJ

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