In every way possible, Good Vibes Festival was able to embody its name effortlessly throughout its two-day duration.
From its ideal location within Genting Highlands in Malaysia, right at home with its breezy weather and modest surroundings, to its homely layout that allowed minimal time to move around to peruse the various stalls and attractions — trampoline, anyone? — Good Vibes Festival balanced the enormity of its premium line-up with a wholly welcoming atmosphere that was infectious.
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Think less of festivals where your shoes end up caked in mud, and more like the ones where your picnic mats remain unscathed through the night, and your friends are still singing along beside you.
Maybe it was due to the perfect weather (and we really do mean perfect), but praise has to go to the festival for providing the festival experience without the excess wastage, among many other reasons.
Of course, the biggest one has to be the line-up. Now, we've seen some of these acts in the past year in Singapore (Purity Ring, Ryan Hemsworth, The 1975, Ta-Ku) but the inclusion of acts like Two Door Cinema Club (who never fail to put on a fun show), The Temper Trap, Angus and Julia Stone, and the immensely popular Disclosure were more than enough for an avid concertgoer.
The acts were evenly spread out through both days, with a side-by-side stage layout similar to Laneway's that proved to be a spectacular experience. An additional stage was placed separately in the area that showcased some of Malaysia's finest DJs, and for a respite away from the hordes of festivalgoers, squeezing into a small dancefloor proved to be just as fun.
Our photographer Muhd Haziq was there to capture it all on the ground. Here's what we saw at Good Vibes Festival 2016.