IMPRESSIVE music festivals are difficult to come by here. Notorious for last minute bans and restrictions, this is no wonder — take PAS Youth’s recent protests against Selena Gomez during The Revival Tour last July because she was “too sexy” as a prime example. So boy were we glad that Good Vibes Festival 2016 pulled through, expanding this time into a full-fledged two-day event after several intimate shows that saw Death Cab For Cutie and Echosmith at KL Live. This is the biggest Good Vibes to date since its conception in 2013.
After Urbanscape’s rather successful two-week long run in the heart of KL’s concrete jungle at Medan Pasar, this music festival is in a whole other ballgame, presenting a weekend getaway in the Titiwangsa mountains.
Offering a medley of artists from various genres, we found ourselves bobbing on picnic mats to Angus & Julia Stone and The Temper Trap before raving through the night with unmistakable House music duo Disclosure and Mark Ronson’s DJ set. Our jaw-dropping moments include Two Door Cinema Club‘s long overdue stellar performance on our soil after cancelling their Asia Tour back in 2013. And who wouldn’t go mad for a special appearance as Australian hip-hop producer Ta-ku brought out singer Wafia, serenading us their new, collaborative EP (m)edian.
Held from 12 – 13 August with absolute perfect weather at The Ranch in Gohtong Jaya, the festival was not short of our homegrown’s finest acts; we spotted rock bands The Fridays, Kyoto Protocol, Toko Kilat, mutesite and Johor Bahru siblings Juno and Hanna to name a few. Let’s not forget the Electric Fields tent as it overflowed with EDM lovers while our DJs — Twinkies, Indiego & Co, Jhin and Danger Disko — remixed favourite tunes.
The sensational international-local and pop-indie lineup offered an eclectic atmosphere to vibe to, living up to the festival’s titular promise.
Did we also mention the hammock section of the Star Club? This, on top of custom-made KEDAI chairs dotting the field as festival goers munched on food from local vendors like A Pie Thing, Wok it, Room 203 and Kawan-Kawan Rapat, all unprepared for the enormous crowd. Completing the festival feel were of course the Instagram-worthy tattoos, flower crowns, and trampoline stalls.
All in all, Good Vibes was an unbridled yet easygoing celebration of music and culture among the mountains, raising the bar for future music festivals held in the country. You know where to go to if you want the rest of All is Amazing‘s snapshots of the festival!