In less than two years, club kyō has successfully established itself as one of Kuala Lumpur’s most revered nightlife institutions.
Occupying the hottest spot in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and inside the plush Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the club has earned its well-deserved reputation for various reasons. From its elegantly industrial interior to its elaborate speaker setup, kyō is more than an average party den.
Since it first opened in December 2016, KL clubbers have been spoiled with a slew of international headliners like Seth Troxler, Pan Pot, Jeremy Olander, Dubfire, &ME, Talib Kweli. Over the next three months, kyō will be brimming with amazing acts including Len Faki, Mano Le Tough, Ben Gold, Nakadia and Cosmic Gate. kyō has also engaged in a partnership with renowned London nightclub The Egg that will see their resident DJs head to London in October.
kyō’s story began in Singapore more than three years ago. Club patrons from lifestyle tastemakers to party punters and local and international artists had nothing but great things to say about the venue. Although the Singapore chapter has ended, Kuala Lumpur’s story sets to continue the brand’s legacy.
Techno whiz Seth Troxler can attest to the club’s good reputation. “It may be the best sound system in the world. Space station. So surprised and excited. All done with 8 subs and 4 tops, mind blow,” he commented on an Instagram.
The quality of sight, sound and service can either make or break a nightclub. Paying close attention to these details are the driving factors of kyō’s growing popularity in regional club scene. Its impact on the city’s swift and staggering rise was a central focus during a panel discussion at Wired Music Week – a sign to the international circuit that KL is amongst other global party capitals.
kyō’s boutique and bespoke environment for discerning music lovers has often been likened to a cinematic musical playground. The 770-person capacity club opened in December of 2016 with an investment of £2.3 million apportioned into two multi-sensory spaces – kyō being the flagship main room and ren its smaller and sultrier second space.
It isn’t a surprise that a large portion of the budget went into decking the venue with an amazing speaker set up courtesy of Void Acoustics, Stasys and Eastern Acoustics. “We built kyō on the ethos of escapism,” explains kyō founder and director Godwin Pereira.
“It’s an underground space designed to encompass the multi-faceted expressions of personalities that fill the space, by providing a comfortable environment where guests feel free to indulge in creature comforts. It’s a boutique style of clubbing meant to feel more like home than a super club.”
Even before opening the Malaysian outlet Godwin had a good feeling that their concept would be a breath of fresh air in KL. “Kuala Lumpur has the right elements for a club concept like kyō to thrive,” Pereira shares.
“It has a cosmopolitan dynamism and a music scene teeming with numerous subgenres and collectives, although there is yet to be one specific venue that caters to all of these genres. Kyō KL was created to fulfill this purpose: Housing a spectrum of genres both up-and-coming and forgotten, to bring together a community of music lovers who can enjoy these in one venue.”
Check out what’s in store for August, September & October below.
Friday 17th: DJ Fatfingaz
Saturday 18th: Sweatbox Pop Up Party feat Sabb
Thursday 23rd: ViViD & Ohrwurm presents Mano Le Tough
Saturday 25th: Volume presents Francois K & Jasper James
Thursday 6th: ViViD presents Len Faki
Thursday 13th: Kyo KL & Plural presents Cosmic Gate
Saturday 6th: Nakadia
Thursday 11th: Ben Gold
Saturday 13th: Ohrwurm presents Nur Jaber
Friday 26th: Godwin P & Alam @ THE EGG, LONDON