By A.Akbar

Good Vibes Festival has a good record of bringing everyone’s favorite artistes to the Malaysian grounds – starting with bringing Smashing Pumpkins for their inaugural stinta few years back. This year, 2016, music junkies will see their wishes more than fulfilled as Future Sound Asia brings The 1975, The Temper Trap, Angus & Julia Stone, and many more to Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands. Even Two Door Cinema Club, who had to cancel their Urbanscapes last time, will be making it with what’s bound to be an amazing set..

International acts aside, Good Vibes Festival will feature more than 15 Malaysian acts on their stages throughout the festival. Part 1 of the series featured Enterprise, Juno and Hanna, and 3 more, so this time around – we’ll introduce you to another five.


The Fridays

the fridays

The pop warriors of Ampang are about to unleash a set list of poppy madness at Gohtong Jaya this Friday- no pun intended, we’re sure. The Fridays has been around since the glorious days of X Fresh FM (when it was still called X Fresh), and has wooed us with classics about your mother taking you to Topshop, hot nights in UiTM, and how kids who hung out at Pavilion are losers. Their debut EP Verklempt impressed in every way possible as Ashraff Jamil and co teamed up with Faiz Fadzil to produce a timeless record of extremely catchy angst and rebellion.

We can assure you that The Fridays one of the bands you don’t want to miss at Good Vibes Festival, and off the record, please ask them to sing a song about a bear who doesn’t reply texts – because it might just be about you.

My pick:


Kyoto Protocol


Kyoto Protocol rose to stardom after joining TV9’s VERSUS, where they were pitted against OhChentaku, Kristal, Manifesto, and Estranged in a musical battle for the ages. They may have gotten second place in the competition, but Kyoto Protocol has won the hearts of Malaysians and introduced their brand of addictive, occasionally psychedelic alternative rock to the masses. After the releases of An Album and Catch These Men, Kyoto Protocol have become one of the most sought after rock bands in Kuala Lumpur, with guaranteed sing alongs of their hit Gimme Nothing at every show.

Kyoto Protocol is no stranger to big stages like Good Vibes Festival – so expect them to put on a show to rival The 1975 (we’re hoping Fuad doesn’t dance like Matt Healy, though).

My pick:



Mmmeng is a jack of all trades and maybe, the master of all that his involved in. Mmmeng is the man behind the music direction of the country’s biggest english radio station, and occasionally spins at Pisco Bar’s Solid Gold – not to mention he’s also a radio host!

Watch Mmmeng spin his wheels at Good Vibes Festival, Gohtong Jaya.



toko kilat

TOKO KILAT is a brand new band with an all star lineup as it features Edwin from They Will Kill Us All and Irfan from The Times, among other scene alumni and stars. There’s not much to talk about TOKO KILAT as they’re still fresh from the wok, but with that amount of experience on the plate, TOKO KILAT will be an exciting act to experience for the very first time – on one of the biggest stages no less.

The band hasn’t released anything yet, but they did drop this teaser of a new song. Check it out!



Michelle Lee is Froya, an indie pop producer who took her first steps into the industry way back in 2011. Froya is a popular for her track “Fries in Cream“, which preluded releasing her Panic Bird album which raked in rave reviews for her brand of indie. Froya has been hitting the Malaysian airwaves with her tracks of late, and now looks ready to put it out on an international level at Good Vibes Festival.

Have some Fries in Cream with Froya at Good Vibes Festival this year!

My pick: