1975’s lawyers work to resolve the group’s ongoing lawsuit with a Malaysian festival organizer.
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Future Sound Asia (FSA), organizer of the Good Vibes Festival (GVF) in Kuala Lumpur, has requested the band to pay RM 12.3m (£2,099,154) compensation after the “immoral behavior” of the band’s lead singer Matty Healy led to the cancellation of the last festival. he did. moon.
FSA lawyers have previously confirmed that they issue a seven-day Letter of Claim before legal proceedings begin in English courts.
FSA legal counsel, David Matthew, told the PA news agency on Wednesday (August 16th) that the resolution process is “currently ongoing”.
“We have been able to confirm that our lawyers have received a message from the group’s lawyers, and we continue to follow up on the matter per our previous statement,” Matthew said.
He continued: “The dispute resolution process is currently ongoing and we are not commenting any further at this time on the advice of legal counsel.”
Matthew previously said that much of the FSA’s Letter of Claim was attributed to lead singer Matty Healy’s breach of contract.
“Healy’s representative provided a categorical pre-show written assurance that he and The 1975 live performance would ‘comply with all local guidelines and regulations’ on their set in Malaysia. “However, the assurance was ignored and the group’s actions were also clearly in violation of the contract with the FSA, which led to the cancellation of the festival and inflicted significant losses on the FSA.” Malay Post.
1975 was banned from Malaysia in the middle of a performance on Day 1 of the Good Vibes Festival on 21 July. During their main performance on the first day of the three-day festival, the band’s Matty Healy criticized the Malaysian government for anti-LGBTQ laws. Headline set at the Good Vibes Festival in Kuala Lumpur.
“I made a mistake. When I booked the show, I wasn’t looking at that. I don’t see the point of inviting 1975 to a country and then telling us who we can have sex with,” Healy said.
He continued: “I’m sorry if this bothers you and you’re religious and it’s part of your goddamn government, but your government is a bunch of idiots and I don’t care anymore. If you push it, I’ll push it back. I’m not in the mood, I’m in the mood.”
Healy would go on to kiss bandmate and bassist Ross MacDonald on the lips on stage, and the set charts were cut short after two songs – there were only seven songs on the set charts – and it was announced that the band was banned from Malaysia from then on. The next day, the Malaysian government ordered the remaining two days of the Good Vibes Festival to be cancelled.
The Malaysian LGBTQ+ community denounced Healy after his actions made headlines last month, arguing that Healy’s actions would make life worse for the country’s LGBTQ+ community.
Most recently, Healy addressed the controversy during a concert in Hawaii. “All I’m going to say is I don’t care about any white savior complex crap. What I’m going to say is that doing the right thing often requires a lot of sacrifice and very little reward. And it takes very little sacrifice to be seen doing the right thing, and that’s when you get all the rewards,” Healy said. [MacDonald] We almost shaved our heads because we thought we were going to jail for being f*gs”.
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