Malaysia’s Good Vibes Festival is seeking over $2 million in damages from the 1975.
After frontman Matty Healy’s on-stage protest against the country’s anti-LGBTQ laws at the festival on July 21 – where he kissed his male bandmate, bassist Ross MacDonald during their performance – resulted in authorities cancelling the event, the band is now being pursued for damages due to “breach of contract”.
Future Sound Asia attorney David Matthew said in a statement provided to Variety: “They entered into a binding contract with Future Sound Asia to perform and the position of Future Sound Asia, among others, is that this contractual obligation was breached. Further, Mr. Healy’s representative categorically provided a pre-show written assurance that Mr. Healy and The 1975’s live performance ‘shall adhere to all local guidelines and regulations’ during their set in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the assurance was ignored.
“[The 1975’s] actions have had repercussions on local artists and small businesses, who relied on the festival for creative opportunities and their livelihoods.”
According to a legal letter issued on August 8, the band has a limited number of days to present compensation.
During the band’s performance, Healy said: “I made a mistake. When we were booking shows, I wasn’t looking into it. I don’t see the f****** point… of inviting The 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with.
“I’m sorry if that offends you and you’re religious… but your government are a bunch of f****** r******.
“I don’t care anymore. If you push, I’m gonna push back. I’m not in the f****** mood.
“I’m sure a lot of you are gay and progressive and cool. I pulled this show yesterday, and we had a conversation.
“We said, ‘You know what? We can’t let the kids down because they’re not the government.’
“If you want to invite me here to do a show, you can f*** off. I’ll take your money, you can ban me, but I’ve done this before, and it doesn’t feel good.”