Gent­ing High­lands was once again rocked by the Good Vibes Fes­ti­val, which un­sur­pris­ingly re­turned big­ger and be er

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Con­tents - WORDS BY LEE HENG KEAN PHO­TOS BY GOOD VIBES

The 2018 Good Vibes Fes­ti­val pre­sented by Toy­ota heads back up to The Ranch, Go­htong Jaya, un­sur­pris­ingly big­ger and bet­ter

AS HONNE WERE clos­ing out their set with their hit song Day 1, they stopped the mu­sic to take in the crowd who were singing along line by line. James Hatcher and Andy Clut­ter­buck, who makes up the Eng­lish elec­tronic duo, mar­velled at the crowd. You could see it in their eyes that they truly were sur­prised at the re­cep­tion they have been re­ceiv­ing through­out their set.

“We had a great time per­form­ing here in Malaysia for the first time, and we’ll def­i­nitely see you again!”

This seemed to be a re­cur­ring line among the per­form­ing artists. It wasn’t much of a sur­prise how­ever, as most, if not all con­certs al­ways end with the artist claim­ing their love for wher­ever they are per­form­ing, and how they will def­i­nitely be back. That be­ing said though, one re­ally can’t help but to feel a large hint of in­tent in their eyes and in their tone. These acts got a taste of our trade­mark Malaysian hos­pi­tal­ity for the first time, and they want more.

Last year’s Good Vibes Fes­ti­val was al­ways go­ing to be a hard act to fol­low, es­pe­cially when there was a pro­posal in the mid­dle Ko­da­line’s set, in the rain mind you, enough to leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on those present that night. Things took a turn this year, as the line-up com­pris­ing the likes of SG Lewis, Ma­jid Jor­dan and Louis The Child was enough to sug­gest a more laid back theme to this year’s fes­ti­val. It wasn’t all just smooth and moody beats how­ever, as acts such as Vince Sta­ples and SZA were also present for fes­ti­val-go­ers who pre­ferred a more up­beat tempo.

VIP passes were a new ad­di­tion to this year’s Good Vibes Fes­ti­val, pro­vid­ing a more premium ex­pe­ri­ence for those keen. VIP pass hold­ers were able to en­joy front-row ac­cess to both main stages, en­abling an up close and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of the acts. There was also a raised VIP deck from which ticket hold­ers were able to watch the acts mak­ing for easy view­ing. Be­sides that, pass hold­ers were also able to en­joy an ex­tra va­ri­ety of food and drinks, as there was an ex­tra bar as well as cu­rated food ven­dors for VIP pass hold­ers. VIP pass hold­ers also needn’t worry about con­gest­ing with fel­low fes­ti­val go­ers with des­ig­nated en­try lanes and toilets.

Day one started with a bang, as LU­NADIRA opened the fes­ti­val with her dreamy vo­cals on the Blue Stage. The at­mo­sphere was then raised as rap­per Za­maera took to the Red

Stage with his beats and rhymes. Pas­tel Lite then mel­lowed out the crowd with a vibey set, just as well as Ky­oto Pro­to­col took the crowd on a high with their al­ter­na­tive rock hits. Lo­cal hip hop le­gend Al­timet then had the crowd bop­ping to his set which was ac­com­pa­nied by The Kawan Band.

Next up was SG Lewis, who we had the plea­sure of sit­ting down with be­fore his per­for­mance. From his hum­ble be­gin­nings in Liver­pool to per­form­ing all over the world as one of UK’s most promi­nent ris­ing stars, Sam Lewis, also known as SG Lewis, def­i­nitely de­liv­ered on his word when asked about what

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