Good Vibes Festival Organiser Declares Taking Legal Action Against The 1975
by: The Beat Asia
August 09, 2023
The organisers of the Good Vibes Festival announced on Monday, Aug. 7, that they’re taking legal action against English pop rock band The 1975 if they don’t acknowledge the liability of their actions that lead to the cancellation of the event.
“Future Sound Asia (FSA), the organisers of Good Vibes Festival 2023 (GVF2023) has issued [a] Letter of Claim to the band The 1975 (the Band), demanding that the Band acknowledge their liability and compensate FSA for damages incurred,” FSA said in a statement.
“The Band’s failure to do so will result in FSA pursuing legal proceedings in the Courts of England,” they added.
On the first day of the festival (July 21), The 1975 frontman Matty Healy made some statements about Malaysia’s LGBT laws and then proceeded to kiss bassist Ross MacDonald. He was also seen drinking alcohol and breaking a drone operated by the festival’s promoters.
The band’s set was cut a few minutes later, followed by a total ban on performing in the country. “All right, we just got banned from Kuala Lumpur. See you later,” Healy told the audience.
As a result of his actions, the remaining two days of the festival were also cancelled.
“FSA would like to reiterate their strong disapproval of the Band’s behaviour during their performance at GVF2023. In particular, lead singer Matthew Timothy Healy's use of abusive language, equipment damage, and indecent stage behaviour not only flagrantly breached local guidelines and Malaysian laws but also tarnished the reputation of the 10-year-old festival,” the statement reads.
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