In a city where weather forecast isn’t always fairly accurate, all that’s needed to be weather savvy was a poncho and a really comfy pair of wellies to duck into this year’s Good Vibes Festival held at Sepang Go Kart Circuit all thanks to the glorious sunshine and rainfall. Amazingly enough, the bipolar weather did little to dampen the spirits of revelers rather they tried to soak in all the festival fun as how it’s meant to be.
Good Vibes Festival kicked off into full swing with performances from our rising hometown heroes during an afternoon of sunshine – Elizabeth Tan, The Cotton Field Scarecrowes, Narmi, Faiq And The Manja Mob, Froya followed by a heavy downpour which later caused performances from +2dB, Bittersweet, The Paperplane Pursuit and Singapore-based indie pop rock, Electrico to be cancelled as revelers ran for cover from the heavy rain at the Heineken Starclub stage where Kyoto Protocol swayed the audience with their Grease-themed DJ set along with Indiego & Co and DANGERDISKO.
As the drizzle began and ended without warning, and reveler scurrying from one stage to another, the rain did not stop the crowd from dispersing. Banks seamlessly took over the stage later that evening with a darker underground tone, throwing out some smooth lyrical and soulful vocals and man, does she know how to control the crowd with her emotionally earnest songs. A couple of selections I found myself lost in were ‘Drowning’, ‘Goddess’, ‘Brain’, ‘Waiting Game’, ‘Change’ and ‘Warm Water’ – blended brilliantly with the rest of the set, creating a warm ethereal atmosphere throughout the entire performance.
After about an hour delay, Empire Of The Sun came in next and just a few minutes into the performance, Luke Steele delivered a hugely powerful show and already had people moving to the beat of ‘DNA’ ‘Walking On A Dream’, ‘Alive’, and ‘We Are The People’. Overall, the sound system, futuristic visuals, stage presence and background dancers were top notch and crowd was astounded for it was phenomenal and almost too perfect to be true – probably the most outstanding and memorable set.
While Empire Of The Sun was stealing the show, the Starclub stage was equally heaving as LapSap managed to stick to their own rhythms, drawing huge crowds to the dance floors but no band can get the crowd moving quite like dance-punk band from Sacramento, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) as the lead singer, Nic Offer kept the crowd lively by offering a bizarrely eclectic dance punk grooves and occasionally mingling with the crowd mucking around in the mud.
The sound shifted from disco punk to ambient synth and indie pop as Ellie Goulding graced the main stage. She was so in tune with her audience and performed some of her lesser known songs ‘from her latest album, ‘Halcyon’ to her most popular hits – ‘Goodness Gracious’, ‘Figure 8’, Anything Could Happen’, ‘You, My Everything’, ‘Lights’, ‘Need Your Love’ and ‘Burn’ along with a stripped back performance of Alt-J’s ‘Tesselate’. Not just that, Ellie also showcased her many talents; playing guitar, drums, and dancing all while singing flawlessly which left avid fans extremely impressed and smitten.
Saturday, 23rd August was dominated by amazing international headliners and it’s safe to say that Good Vibes Festival has carved a niche for itself and is definitely one to look out for the following year.
Not too shabby, guys.
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