Good Vibes Festival Cancelled by Government Over LGBTQ+ Remarks

Matty Healy's unanticipated remarks lead to the abrupt halt of Kuala Lumpur's Good Vibes event.

By That Festival Site | 22 July, 2023

Good Vibes Festival Cancelled by Government Over LGBTQ+ Remarks

Kuala Lumpur's Good Vibes music festival faced an unexpected and immediate shutdown by the Malaysian government following controversial comments made by the 1975's lead singer, Matty Healy, denouncing the country's anti-LGBTQ+ laws. The Ministry of Communications and Digital issued a directive to cancel the remaining days of the festival after Healy's onstage remarks.

In response to the government's decision, festival organisers expressed their disappointment and emphasised their commitment to abiding by Malaysian laws and regulations. Prior to the event, the 1975's management assured compliance with local performance guidelines, but Healy's actions took everyone by surprise.

The singer's unprofessional behaviour and defiance of the country's laws were deemed deeply disturbing by festival organisers. Instead of delivering the quality show that the Malaysian fans were eagerly anticipating, Healy chose to use the platform to express his personal views, which led to the abrupt halt of the festival.

Apologising to fans for the oversight, Healy admitted to not being aware of Malaysia's hardline stance on LGBTQ+ issues. He criticised the government's policies, causing further controversy and ultimately leading to the festival's cancellation.

The Good Vibes festival was set to feature headlining acts like the Kid Laroi and the Strokes, along with a diverse lineup of talented artists. Ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, and partners were offered sincere apologies for the inconvenience and assured updates on the refund process.

Despite the abrupt end to the event, the organisers remain grateful for the unwavering support of the festival's participants and pledged to navigate through this challenging time with understanding and resilience.

Good Vibes Festival 2023

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