The Good Vibes Festival 2023 took an unexpected turn last week when it was cancelled following the infamous fiasco involving British band The 1975.
This unfortunate decision left many international and local acts, including the highly anticipated American rock band The Strokes, who were unable to perform for their eager fans.
The Strokes: ‘We’re sorry’
The Strokes were scheduled to headline the final day of Good Vibes Festival yesterday (July 23) at the Sepang International Circuit.
Unbeknownst to them, the event was cancelled on the same day they landed in Kuala Lumpur.
Despite the setback, lead guitarist Nick Valensi took time to connect with a Malaysian fan at KLIA, where he expressed his aspirations of returning to perform at some point in the future.
A heartwarming encounter between Valensi and the fan was captured on TikTok, with the video garnering 190,000 views at the time of writing.
My aspiration is that I hope to make it back. I’m happy to be here today, and I hope to come back.”
Another TikTok video which went viral showed The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. waving to fans while saying ‘Sorry, guys’ as he and the rest departed from the airport.
M’sians saddened by reaction
As news of The Strokes’ reaction towards the cancellation spread across social media, Malaysian netizens expressed their thoughts and disappointment in the comment section.
One user threw shade at The 1975, hinting that they were unprofessional and contrasted their behaviour with the professionalism displayed by The Strokes.
Another user praised The Strokes for their genuine apologies and said that the situation was out of their control.
Lead vocalist Julian Casablancas also took to his Instagram page to address the situation and expressed his remorse to Malaysian fans.
However, there seemed to be a glimmer of hope in the caption, where he hinted that this may not be the last time Malaysians see them.
So sorry, Malaysia. Just heard the festival was cancelled, I know you’ve been waiting 20 years for The Strokes to come play. Currently trying to figure something out, hang on. One way or another, will let you know soon.
As we eagerly await further updates and keep our eyes peeled for any announcements from The Strokes, all we can do for now is that one day they will finally have the chance to perform here!