Malaysia’s Good Vibes Festival to return following The 1975 LGBTQ row

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Malaysia’s Good Vibes Festival is set to return after last year’s 1975 LGBTQ controversy.

Good Vibes Festival will return on July 20 and 21, and will take place at Resorts World Away in Genting Highlands, Malaysia. 

Artists such as J Balvin, Peggy Gou, Joji and more are set to perform. Two-day passes for the festival are now on sale, while single-day passes will go on sale on May 17.

The festival cancelled the second and third days of its 2023 event because of The 1975’s headlining slot on the first day. During the English band’s set, frontman Matty Healy criticised the Malaysian Government’s anti-LGBTQ laws before kissing bassist Ross MacDonald. Their set was cut short and the rest of the festival was axed. 

Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia and punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The band was subsequently banned from performing in Malaysia, before cancelling follow-up gigs in Indonesia and Taiwan. 

Future Sound Asia, the independent experiential event agency behind Good Vibes Festival, is currently embroiled with ongoing legal proceedings with the band.