Mar 21, 2014

    KL fest cancelled over recent drug deaths


    IN ANOTHER blow for ravers, Life In Color, dubbed the "world's largest paint party", that was scheduled to happen at Sepang International Go-Kart Circuit on April 19, has been cancelled.

    In an announcement posted on their Facebook page, the organisers - Life In Color, Future Sound Asia and Zouk KL - said that the tough decision was made out of respect for the country and people of Malaysia.

    The post said: "Life In Color wishes to announce that due to the unfortunate events that took place this past weekend, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Life In Color Malaysia.

    "We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to our wonderful fans. We appreciate the love and support of our Malaysian fans, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected."

    The decision came after organisers of last week's Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) decided not to proceed with the final day of the festival after six concert-goers died and 14 people were hospitalised for apparent drug overdose last Friday.

    The organiser of FMFA, Livescape Asia, had received brickbats from the public for the move, as the third-day concerts promised to feature hip hop stars Pharrell Williams, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as major international acts, such as DJs Martin Garrix and Bassjackers.

    Livescape Asia said it made the decision in the interest of public safety and to heed the authorities' advice to not proceed with the festival.

    Despite the Malaysian concert organisers' assurance that the decision was made to ensure the safety of fans, fans are still seeing red over the cancellation.

    They took to Life In Color's Facebook page to voice their dissatisfaction over the organisers' decision to pull the plug on the upcoming event.

    Ms Iman Izzura ranted: "This is so unfair to us, man. It's not like we're disrespecting those who have died, we're just celebrating those who are still living on, right? But, seriously, this is NOT the way!"

    However, there were also people who supported the decision, such as Mr Han Leon who said: "After FMFA's cancellation, this one comes as no surprise... Don't blame the organisers. I'm sure they're hating this decision too."