REVIEW: Good Vibes Festival 2016 – Good Fun with Good Music and Good Company
While We The Fest was happening in Indonesia, Good Vibes Festival had happened 2 days before, in our neighboring country, Malaysia. Deemed as the Coachella-equivalent event in Malaysia, our guest blogger, Ana will tell her experience during the festival. Check it out below…
Good Vibes Festival 2016 was held on 12th and 13th of August 2016 at The Ranch, Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, Malaysia. A music festival intended to exquisitely please music-lovers with strategic location and amazing facilities, such as the Good Bites Food Village which boasted mouth-watering delicacies produced from local vendors (Wok It, A Pie Thing, Room 203 Coffee, etc). There was TOPSHOP/TOPMAN pop-up booth that promoted the brand itself while giving out free pop-sickle and discount vouchers with lanyards, just to name a few.
Young music fans were seen adorning their most festival-like outfits, a no wonder that this festival was even nicknamed as ‘Malaysian Coachella’. Everyone was in their most high-spirited mood, ready to mingle around and listen to some good music as promised. The first day of the festival, local artists lineup was assigned from 4PM to 8PM. First off was the Johor Bahru-origin siblings Juno and Hanna, followed with the enthusiastic The Fridays. Next was the mysterious and charismatic Toko Kilat with their indie-rock genre songs and followed with the Sevencollar T-Shirt, the underrated talented band that has been in the music industry for almost ten years.
The international lineup started at 8PM and started off with Ta-Ku, a DJ and music producer, hailing from Perth, Australia. Fast forward to Purity Ring, the Canada-origin electric pop duo who performed flawlessly even using complicated instruments to express their soul. The Temper Trap was up next and listening to them live was a surreal experience. The band saved the best for the last, “Sweet Disposition” was performed at the end to close their appearance for the night.
Afterwards to perform was the most awaited band by the female audience, The 1975. With the beautiful stage set up, decorated with their signature rectangle-shaped neon lights, it was truly majestic. Matt Healy was phenomenal on the stage and performed “Somebody Else”, “The Sound”, “Sex” and the rest of the songs wonderfully.
Two Door Cinema Club performed right after The 1975 and was introduced with the song “Cigarretes in the Theatre”. The stage was very artistic and the aesthetic followed closely to the theme of their newest album, “Gameshow”. TDCC got the crowd jumping to their songs and the fans were not able to miss a moment. For the DJ Set for the night, we received the pleasure to shake our bodies to Mark Ronson’s amazing DJ skills.
The second day of the festival, local artists lineup was set from 4.30PM to 7.30PM, with band Muteside starting off the day. Jumero performed right after and followed with band +208. Next was the adorable Froya with her beautiful Indie-pop genre music followed-up with Subang Jaya-origin Enterprise. The next band Kyoto Protocol was long-awaited by the local music-lovers, that was what can be seen by the sudden appearance of a bunch of crowd right after Enterprise.
The songs were fluently performed, not forgetting to give the audience a great time. The lead singer, Fuad did not forget to give what the crowd wanted and performed his famous melancholic song, “Now You’re Gone”.
Around 8PM, the audience was getting hyped up as Ryan Hemsworth, Canadian DJ and music producer whipped out his instruments and showed off his mad DJ abilities. The clubbing mood lingered as Alina Baraz set off to perform her music, followed through with brilliant Canadian rock band, Tokyo Police Club. Next was Angus & Julia Stone, the Australian indie-pop group. With the duo’s soothing voices, they had most of the crowd intoxicated in their significant others’ arms, swaying to their tunes.
Lastly, to end the night and the festival, English DJ brothers Disclosure performed their DJ Set. The crowd quickly got adrenaline-induced, turning gloomy mood to energetic with the groovy electric music spun by the attractive duo. Overall, attending Good Vibes Festival will always be a memorable experience for my brother and I. Who would want to forget this kind of festival with amazing facilities, great food and shocking artists lineup? Hopefully, I will be able to attend the next year’s Good Vibes and give you another review. Till then, cheers!
Writer & photographer: Razana