If you’ve been scrolling through social media, you’ve noticed that news of Good Vibes Festival 2023 being unceremoniously cancelled has been blowing up.
This comes after lead singer of British band The 1975 Matty Healy got into a drunken rant against Malaysia’s anti-LGBTQ laws and kissed his bandmate on stage as a form of protest.
Good Vibes Festival cancelled after The 1975 debacle
It didn’t take long for the clip to spread like wildfire on social media, where it eventually caught the attention of Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil, who called the organisers of Good Vibes Festival for a meeting and ordered the concert to be cancelled immediately.
The news came as a shock to Malaysian vendors and artists who were scheduled to perform over the weekend as it left them in a lurch and they had no way to recoup their losses following the concert’s cancellation.
Vendors were also left with tons of unsold food on their hands and appealed to Fahmi to reconsider his decision to pull the plug on the event, as one did in an impassioned clip on Twitter.
Lawyers to file class action lawsuit against The 1975
Following the fiasco, a group of lawyers have stepped up to offer free legal aid to vendors and artists affected by the cancellation of Good Vibes Festival.
In a LinkedIn post by Malaysian lawyer Mathew Thomas Philip, he said that he was willing to act on behalf of the affected parties in filing a lawsuit against The 1975 for inflicting loss of income on vendors and artists.
“The Good Vibes Festival got cancelled and I presume that the local artists who were to perform today and tomorrow will not get their full pay because of this cancellation.
I am happy to represent all the local artist pro bono to sue the band The 1975 for causing loss,” he wrote.
He also directed his anger towards The 1975, where he slammed them for not honouring their obligation as performers.
Dear The 1975 band, It is not The 1975’s time or space to tell us how to run our country. You should have stuck to your scope of work as per your contract which you recklessly breached. You are very silly.
In another update, Philip wrote in a Facebook post that he and several lawyers are currently coming up with the first draft of a class action lawsuit against the British band.
Those affected by the event’s cancellation are also encouraged to attend the Townhall Meeting organised by Philip’s law firm next Tuesday (July 25) at Barrister’s Brew in Sri Hartamas.
Hopefully this lawsuit will help the vendors and artists recoup their financial losses caused by The 1975’s reckless behavior and serve as a warning to foreign artists looking to perform here!