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Good Vibes Festival cancels festival to respect king's coronation

Good Vibes Festival cancels festival to respect king's coronation

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The Good Vibes Festival (GVF), which was meant to be held on 20 July 20 2024, in Malaysia, will be a cancelled as a result of the Coronation Ceremony of His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim, the 17th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, which will be happening on the same day. 

"As communicated by the authorities, any large-scale performances involving international artists are not to be held on 20 July 2024, and are to be rescheduled to a later date," it said in a statement. 

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However, due to the nature of the GVF, which involves multiple touring acts over multiple days, rescheduling the festival is not possible.

As a result, Future Sound Asia cancelled the festival, originally scheduled for 20 and 21 July 2024.

All ticket purchasers for GVF will automatically receive full refunds to the payment method used for their purchase, it said. 

The annual festival was meant to take place at Resorts World Awana in Genting Highlands and promised a lineup of international and local artists such as Alec Benjamin, Peggy Gou, Joji, Ylona Garcia, Russ and more. 

The GVF was also cancelled abruptly last year after British band The 1975’s lead singer Matty Healy, went on an expletive-laden rant against Malaysia’s anti-LGBTQ laws. His rant culminated in a prolonged kiss between him and his bandmate, Ross Macdonald.

As a result, Malaysia’s Communications and Digital minister, Fahmi Fadzil made the decision to cancel the whole festival, a decision which had a reverberating impact on multiple stakeholders who were involved in the organisation of the festival such as vendors, performers and more.

In September last year, Healy defended his actions in a 10-minute speech at a concert in Texas. Healy addressed the criticisms he received for kissing his bandmate at the festival in spite of Malaysia's politics. 

He defended the action by saying that the kiss between himself and Ross MacDonald was a routine part of the show, which they did not intend to change to suit the country they were performing in. He emphasised that the outrage following the kiss was puzzling to him as the band simply sought to remain consistent with its stage routine.

"We did not choose to change our set that night, to play pro-freedom of speech, pro-gay songs. To eliminate any routine part of the show in an effort to appease the Malaysian party's bigoted views of LGBTQ+ people would be a passive endorsement of those politics," he said at the time.  

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