Music Festival: Malaysia Cancels The 1975 Singer’s

A music festival in Malaysia has been canceled. It was happen because Matty Healy, the The 1975 Singer’s, criticized the country’s anti-LGBTQ laws and kissed a bandmate on stage during the Good Vibes Festival in Kuala Lumpur. This on-stage incident, captured on video and shared widely on social media, led to the festival’s cancellation by the Ministry of Communications, prompting discussions on artistic expression and LGBTQ rights in the country.

Controversial On-Stage Speech and Kiss

During The 1975’s headline performance, Matty Healy delivered an expletive-laden speech condemning Malaysia’s anti-LGBTQ laws. He expressed his disapproval of being told whom to have sex with and voiced his frustration, acknowledging that many young people in the audience were likely gay and progressive. Although Healy has considered to cancel the performance, the band still try to perform for avoiding disappointed fans. Bassist Ross MacDonald just walked up to Healy, then kissed him directly.

Immediate Music Festival Cancellation

Following the incident, the Good Vibes Festival issued a statement regretfully announcing the cancellation of the remaining schedule. The decision was in response to the Ministry of Communications and Digital’s directive against actions that challenge or contravene Malaysian laws. The EO has announce an apologize for the sudden termination.

Government’s Stance on Freedom of Expression

Malaysia’s Com Minister, Fahmi, has expressed his support for the industries and freedom of expression. Sadly, He also emphasized the need to respect local culture and sensitivities. The minister state that challenging the traditions and values of the community must be avoid.

Controversy and Criticism

Healy’s actions sparked mixed reactions online. Some fans worried that the incident would lead to further restrictions on artistic expression and hinder future music performances in Malaysia. Members of the LGBTQ community in Malaysia also criticized the singer’s actions, considering them “performative” and fearing potential repercussions in the form of increased discrimination.

Past Controversies

This is not the first time Matty Healy has courted controversy. In an earlier performance, he appeared to make a Nazi salute while singing lyrics critical of Kanye West, In 2019, he also kissed a male fan in Dubai.


The cancellation of the Good Vibes Festival in Malaysia following Matty Healy’s on-stage support for LGBTQ rights has ignited discussions about freedom of expression, LGBTQ rights, and artistic representation in the country. While some fans and critics have shown concern about the impact on future performances, others highlight the significance of artists using their platform to address social issues, even in countries with restrictive laws and cultural sensitivities.