Malaysia’s music scene is going from strength to strength with young and old alike enjoying an eclectic mix of live acts over the last few years. KL has seen the likes of the world’s number one EDM DJ Hardwell to pop diva Mariah Carey and metal legends Metallica brave the heat and humidity in KL, performing awesome sets in the biggest venues.
Urbanscapes, Malaysia’s premier creative arts festival is now in its 12th year and has grown into something akin to the Southeast Asian version of Glastonbury – England’s colossal five-day musical mainstay. Attracting a somewhat younger hipster crowd, the chilled vibe of people assembling art installations, great local bands and a smattering of top artists from around the world gives Urbanscapes everything a worldclass festival should be about: good music and good fun.
Headlining this year will be the supremely talented New Zealander, Kimbra, fresh off her Grammy-winning collaboration with Gotye and now touring the world. She is ready to showcase her solo work, The Golden Echo. “I’d been caught up with all the Grammy and Gotye stuff happening, the touring, the constant affirmation, praise or criticism and self-reflection everywhere,” she said. Joining her will be Jagwar Ma from Australia, famous for their hit Come Save Me, American college rock alumni The Lemonheads and New York native Najwa who will give Urbanscapes a Neo-Soul/R&B touch.
If you can’t make it to this year’s festival in person, fear not, as satellite shows dot the city throughout December with acts including the legendary Scottish Indie group Mogwai, their Tartan Army compatriots Chvrches and the American comedy group guaranteed to rock your socks off – Tenacious D. The festival this year will be ascending to the cool climes of the Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting, so expect clean and crisp air.
Getting to the festival is also very easy as Aerobus trips run every hour from KL Sentral and Pudu Sentral bus terminal or every two hours from 1 Utama Mall in Petaling Jaya.