Malaysia’s hot and humid weather didn’t stop its music-lovers from heading to the highlands to attend their very own Good Vibes Festival. Skies threatened with rains that never came and the Genting chill didn’t stop festivalgoers from dressing their best either. Music came from all corners of the festival grounds and went non-stop until twilight. This year brought a more international crowd too!

Here are some of our favourite bits from day one…

1. The hour long wait to get out

This year’s Good Vibes brought a surprise to many festivalgoers: paying for parking. In previous years, the parking lot next to the festival grounds have been completely free (but of course, limited) and festival organisers always recommended attendees to use their free cable-car rides instead. People tend to bring just enough to survive the weekend. Especially since the festival went cashless this year, most would have put all their cash into their cashless systems. Poor handling on management’s side but that didn’t stop people from making the most of their idle time by racing the length of the lot on-foot and having mini-dance parties.

2. Shoes rejoice!

It looked like the festival organisers learned their lesson from previous years, as this year there were wooden flooring in front of the main stages. Although there wasn’t a drop of rain on day one, it was nice to know that everyone’s shoes would be safe from deep mud should there be rain tomorrow.

3. Kyoto Protocol debuts brand new album live

Anyone who says Malaysians don’t love their local music has probably been living under a rock. Local legends Kyoto Protocol debuted songs from their brand new album “The Pen is Mightier” and it was given a lot of love from festivalgoers. They were also the only local act to get extra time on stage as the crowd demanded more.

4. The Neighbourhood radiated energy

As someone who only knows ‘Sweater Weather’, watching The Neighbourhood’s set was a pleasant surprise. They’ve got more songs than what radios play and they’re pretty good. Their singer Jesse Rutherford is incredibly energetic and that just radiated throughout their set. And Jesse did a massive crowd surf.

5.  Sza loves Malaysian culture

American sweetheart Sza embraced the Malaysian culture and walked up on stage wearing an Indian saree. She didn’t stop there, even giving love to the local cuisine (because who doesn’t love Malaysian food?). The sea of smartphones that arrived as soon as she stepped on stage was a nice welcome compared to the stationary crowds (dotted with small dance circles) from previous sets.

All in all…

Day one was quite the success. Food was plentiful (compared to previous years) although RM20 for a small box of nachos vs RM20 for a small can of Heineken is a bit sketch. The sunset performances by Petit Biscuit and Louis the Child definitely helped boost the mood for the acts to follow. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Photos by Jasmin Osman.