English singer and songwriter Sam Smith returned to Manila, bringing their Gloria tour last to the Mall of Asia Arena last Oct. 21. As Sam Smith mentioned on stage, this show is about freedom, expressing one’s true nature and self. They performed emotional ballads such as “Stay with Me,” “I’m Not the Only One,” “Like I Can,” and “Too Good at Goodbyes,” and it felt like nostalgia.
The concert had three acts: Love, Beauty, and Sex. As the Love act started, Filipino fans were already feeling pumped and hyped. Sam Smith greeted them by saying, “It’s so beautiful to be back with you. I will never take for granted your love, Manila.” They also performed “Perfect,” “To Die For,” “How Do You Sleep?” and ending the act with “Dancing With a Stranger.”
As the Beauty act began, Sam Smith asked the fans to stand up, jump, and dance along with them. The act’s set included “Lay Me Down,” “Promises,” “Latch,” “I’m Not Here to Make Friends,” and “I Feel Love.” Sam Smith wore extravagant dresses with each song, showing different works of art.
Sam Smith closed the show with a glorious and flashy performance of “Gloria,” as well as a cover of a Madonna’s “Human Nature.” They wrapped the show with “Unholy.” It was truly an unforgettable night of soulful music and heartfelt performances.
Special thanks to Live Nation Philippines for bringing Sam Smith to Manila.
Words by Danica Haresco
Sam Smith Live in Manila 2023 Setlist
-Stay With Me
-I’m Not The Only One
-Like I Can
-Too Good at Goodbyes
-How Do You Sleep
-Dancing With A Stranger
-I’m Kissing You (Des’ree cover)
-Lay Me Down
-I’m Not Here To Make Friends
-I Feel Love
-Human Nature (Madonna cover)