After the Malaysia’s Good Vibes Festival was unexpectedly called off due to the inappropriate behavior of a fellow musician, Kid LAROI took it upon himself to please his fans at a local hotel.
The fest’s sudden cancelation on Friday (7.21) following The 1975 frontman Matty Healy’s comments about the country’s restrictive LGBTQ laws as “f—ing ridiculous,” subsequent to which he shared a long kiss with bandmate Ross MacDonald on stage.
In an official statement about the unfortunate turn of events, Good Vibes noted that the decision was based on a directive from the Ministry of Communications and Digital, which has an “unwavering stance against any parties that challenge, ridicule, or contravene Malaysian laws.”
With no concert to headline in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night (7.22,) LAROI brought an abbreviated version of his scheduled set to a local hotel bar, telling the intimate audience:
“Two things, before I start. I’m very drunk, number one. Ever since they canceled the show, I had no other option but to go right to the bar. So here I am.” “I’m with my friends today, and I just figured since everything got canceled and I’m here anyway, I may as well come and do a couple songs.” “Thanks to the hotel for letting me do this.”
LAROI started his abbreviated show with “Thousand Miles,’ followed by “Stay,” “Without You” and “Diva.”
At the close of his impromptu mini set, the musician (born Charlton Kenneth Jeffrey Howard,) joked that had he been able to perform for them on the festival stage that night, “I’d be way better, I wouldn’t be drunk and I’d actually know how to talk to you guys.”
Earlier on his Instagram Stories, LAROI had posted, “touched down & found out the festival is canceled… I love you Malaysia, I’m sorry,” and then shared a selfie with fans at the hotel. He wrote, “Met some new friends what’s uuuupppp.” “Might sing some songs in the hotel bar fk it,” he announced over Stories.