Ellie Goulding, Banks Shine at Good Vibes Festival Despite Damp Weather

Last update: 26/08/2014

KUALA LUMPUR -- Sepang Go-kart circuit was transformed into lively festival landscape.

Staying true to their roots once again, Good Vibes Festival, emanated positivity on Aug 23 at Sepang International Kart Circuit (SIC).

Sepang Go-kart circuit was transformed into lively star-studded festival landscape.

Festival-goers, undampened by dull weather conditions, continued to stream in at Future Sound Asia (FSA)’s sophomore one-day celebration of music, fashion, arts and food Gates to the festival opened to sunshine and breeze.

But as the crowd grew, so did the rain clouds.

With deep regret, organisers were forced to cancel performances by Paperplane Pursuit, Bittersweet, +2dB and Electrico, due to the heavy rain which prompted safety concerns.

UK songstress Ellie Goulding, closed the night, thrilling fans with a set-list that included favourites numbers "Anything Could Happen" and "Lights".

Approximately 8000 people of all ages continued to stream in throughout the evening despite the spurts of rainfall.

The highly anticipated performances of international headliners more than lived up to the hype around them.

Banks, the Los Angeles-born powerhouse vocalist, enchanted audiences with her sultry R&B melodies and mysterious charisma.

Australia’s Empire of the Sun conjured a high-octane atmosphere at the festival offering jaw-dropping visuals and epic theatrical performance that is oft-cited and loved by critics and fans around the globe.

!!! (Chk Chk Chk), the dance-punk band from Sacramento, California; put on a hyper-charged gig to a sizeable crowd that defied even lead singer Nic Offer’s belief as he quipped 'How do you know us?'

At Silent Discotek, festival-goers partied 'silently' to tracks spun by a live DJ via wireless headphones.

The Star Club, a destination itself within the festival equipped with a custom-designed music arena, played host to Kyoto Protocol, more known for their high energy rock sets, who played a never-before-seen DJ set right after Guiboo and Indiego & Co.

The Good Bites food village offered over half a dozen artisanal food options throughout the festival.

The festival ground teemed with interactive games and activities including Official Telco Hotlink’s Bag Jump, a Malaysian first, which gave thrill-seekers the chance to free fall onto an inflated bag metres below.

Official Fashion Partner GAP had their threads on display at the GAP cube dedicated to fashion. At the Red Bull pavilion, festival-goers could exchange empty cans for festival goodies and reduce their carbon footprint.

Amping up the festival further, Red Bull gave festival-goers a treat with surprise pop-up performances featuring DJs the likes of Kopigo, Bass Sekolah, OJ Law and Hulkas.

FSA director Ben Law said, "Good Vibes Festival is meant to be a platform to showcase artists of all forms to art and music lovers.

Support for the festival is growing and I am looking forward to a bigger and better Good Vibes Festival next year, hopefully with better weather conditions, so we can give artists a platform to share their music, whilst continuing to whet the appetites of Malaysians, and her neighbours, for great performances."

#GoodVibesFest is supported by Malaysia Major Events and Visit Malaysia Year 2014 with Hotlink acting as official telco and Fly FM as the official radio station.

-- BERNAMA