Photo: Begoña from Errenteria, España

Malaysia’s ‘Good Vibes’ Fest Seeking 2M From The 1975

Malaysia’s Good Vibes Festival is requesting more than $2,000,000.00 in damages from the 1975.

Following the band’s Matty Healy’s on-stage rant against the country’s anti-LGBTQ laws during the July 21 music festival at which time he kissed his male bandmate, bassist Ross MacDonald during their performance, the authorities immediately cancelled the event.

During the band’s performance, Healy told the audience:

“I made a mistake. When we were booking shows, I wasn’t looking into it. I don’t see the f****** point… of inviting The 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with.” “I’m sorry if that offends you and you’re religious… but your government are a bunch of f****** r******.” “I don’t care anymore. If you push, I’m gonna push back. I’m not in the f****** mood.:” “I’m sure a lot of you are gay and progressive and cool. I pulled this show yesterday, and we had a conversation.” “We said, ‘You know what? We can’t let the kids down because they’re not the government.’ “If you want to invite me here to do a show, you can f*** off. I’ll take your money, you can ban me, but I’ve done this before, and it doesn’t feel good.”

Due to a “breach of contract,” The 1975 is now being pursued for damages with the Future Sound Asia attorney David Matthew stating:

“They entered into a binding contract with Future Sound Asia to perform and the position of Future Sound Asia, among others, is that this contractual obligation was breached. Further, Mr. Healy’s representative categorically provided a pre-show written assurance that Mr. Healy and The 1975’s live performance ‘shall adhere to all local guidelines and regulations’ during their set in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the assurance was ignored.” “[The 1975’s] actions have had repercussions on local artists and small businesses, who relied on the festival for creative opportunities and their livelihoods.”

According to a legal letter issued on August 8, the American pop/rock band has a limited number of days to present compensation. 

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Begoña from Errenteria, España