The 1975 British band The Malaysian Festival paid £2 million after kissing on stage

The British band’s performance on the first day of the three-day festival in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, was halted at the end of last month after a controversial kiss between frontman Matty Healy and bassist Ross McDonald. The festival has also been cancelled, which means that some artists can no longer perform.

A letter of claim was actually issued on August 7, but more details are now known. Festival organizer Future Sound Asia (FSA) is calling on the British band to “admit responsibility”. Therefore, 1975 had until August 14 to pay compensation.

According to David Mathew, the festival organizer’s legal advisor, much of the FSA’s claims are attributable to singer Matt’s breach of contract. “Healy’s representative emphatically gave written assurance prior to the show that he and the 1975 live performer ‘will adhere to all local guidelines and regulations as well’ while performing in Malaysia,” he said. Malaysia Post. “Despite this, the insurance was ignored and the band’s actions were in clear breach of contract with the FSA.”

If the band does not pay, the FSA will take legal action in the UK. The Malaysian government decided after the 1975 performance that it might not be performed again in the Islamic State.

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