The fifth anniversary of Malaysia’s Good Vibes Festival is about to take place this weekend. And to celebrate five years of incredible vibes, the organisers have presented their biggest lineup to date.
Along with international pop headliners like Nick Murphy, Lorde, SZA, What So Not and ALT-J, several budding talents and festival favourites will also play. Some you may know, some you might not. So we’ve narrowed down five stand-out acts that you absolutely must catch at this year’s Good Vibes.
The 22-year-old Malaysian rapper has been making waves recently for her fiery freestyle performance on Yo! MTV Raps. Despite her age, she’s already achieved several big milestones, including coming in second place at the Red Bull Blend 2016, a rap cypher competition, as the only female rapper among 50 contestants. Her debut single “Helly Kelly” blew up when it was released early last year, and the follow up single, “Wanita,” has also received serious buzz.
Kuala Lumpur’s dynamic duo Dangerdisko kicked off 2018 with their groundbreaking single “Free,” featuring Kuala Lumpur-based American R&B and soul artist Q Sound. The feel good ‘90s throwback tune has been getting major airtime on Hitz FM, while steadily making its way into top three position on the station’s Malaysian English Top 10 chart.
Shaheed Naz (Shah) and Farez Khan, aka Robotron 5000, then continued to wow fans with a stellar remix of the Impatient Sisters’ single “Hanyut”. The duo will be performing live, a rarity for them, at this year’s festival.
Lunadira got her start singing cover songs at various events and venues in Kuala Lumpur, but the singer-songwriter began releasing original music in 2017. And her latest hit single, “Stuck With You,” has helped tip her as the next big thing in the local R&B scene.
Lunadira describes her style as a blend of 2000s R&B with lyrical influences from Daughter and Frank Ocean. She calls it “sad groovy” music. “People told me that my type of music is the type they can dance (and) cry to at the same time,” she said during a recent interview.
Kyoto Protocol have been breaking musical boundaries since they won the Yamaha Asian Beat 2009 Central Regional Finals. And their latest single, “Delta Wings,” justifies their position as one of the most popular indie bands to hit Malaysia in the last decade. The five-piece band is getting ready to drop their third studio album, The Pen Is Mightier, which will be launched at Good Vibes this weekend.
Budding singer and songwriter Bil Musa is proving that it really is possible to go from the bedroom to the big stage. She was immediately snapped up by Yuna’s own Yuna Room Records after the managing director of the label heard her singing at a wedding a few years ago. She released her first EP under the label back in 2015, and now things are looking better than ever. Bil released her debut album, Young Adults, last December to rave reviews.
Good Vibes Festival will once again take place at The Ranch at Gohtong Jaya on July 21st and 22nd. Tickets to the festival are still available here.