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Malaysian organisers take another hit as Good Vibes Festival gets cancelled...again

The news, announced by Malaysian authorities due to a royal ceremony, comes three weeks before the event

  • Henry Cooper
  • 3 July 2024
Malaysian organisers take another hit as Good Vibes Festival gets cancelled...again

Malaysia’s music scene faces another unfortunate setback as Good Vibes Festival has been forced to cancel for the second consecutive year. The decision comes just three weeks before the festival was set to commence.

The cancellation stems from a directive issued by Malaysian authorities, citing restrictions on large-scale performances on July 20 due to the coronation ceremony of the King, Sultan Ibrahim.

Last year's event was also called off following comments made by Matty Healy of The 1975 regarding Malaysia's LGBTQIA+ laws, coupled with the on-stage kissing of a male band member which happened on Day 1 of the festival.

After the cancellation of last year's event, the festival was due to go ahead this year on July 20 and 21.

Organisers Future Sound Asia described last year’s cancellation as a “catastrophic financial blow”, seeking USD2,5 million in damages from The 1975, with legal proceedings still ongoing.

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Taking to an Instagram post, Future Sound Asia announced that they have received a letter from authorities, confirming the festival's cancellation and that they will be issuing full refunds to ticket holders.

This year, the line-up included artists such as Peggy Gou, J Balvin, Joji, Russ, Saturday Selects, Dub Tings and many more.

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Mixmag Asia has reached out to Future Sound Asia for a statement.

Henry Cooper is a Writer at Mixmag Asia. Follow him on Instagram.

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