Organiser of the now-canceled Good Vibes Festival 2023 issued a statement saying the refund mechanism for those who have tickets for all the three-day shows will be updated as soon as possible.
The statement said the cancellation was done following the controversial conduct and remarks made by the British artist Matty Healy who is the lead singer of the band The 1975 during their performance at the festival last night.
“The decision adheres to the immediate cancellation directive issued at 1.20pm today by the Ministry of Communications and Digital. The ministry has underlined its unwavering stance against any parties that challenge, ridicule or contravene Malaysian laws,” the statement read.
Earlier today, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil announced that he has ordered the immediate cancellation of the GVF 2023 and said the Unity Government’s stance is clear and there would be no compromise with any party that challenges, belittles, or violates Malaysian laws.
The decision was announced after Fahmi summoned the organiser of the festival, Future Sound Asia to explain the controversial incident when the lead singer kissed another male member of the group on stage before lamenting about Malaysia’s LGBT law at the concert that took place at the Sepang International Circuit.
The media reported that the band’s performance at the festival was cut short after frontman Matt Healy’s disrespectful actions when he was seen performing while holding a bottle of alcohol.
Good Vibes Festival in the statement also extended their apology to all ticket holders, vendors, sponsors, and partners.
“We are aware of the time, energy, and effort you have put into making this festival a success, and we value your steadfast support. We appreciate your understanding and continued support during this challenging time,” it said.