The organiser of a Malaysian music festival is seeking over £2m in losses from the Wimslow Band The 1975, after its lead singer’s on-stage protest of the country’s anti-gay laws prompted authorities to shut the event down.

Matty Healy kissed bassist Ross MacDonald during the opening show at the Good Vibes Festival in Kuala Lumpur after using profanities in a rant criticising the Malaysian government’s stance against homosexuality,

The government slammed Healy’s conduct, blacklisted the band from the country and cancelled the second and third days of the three-day festival.

“I can confirm that my firm issued a seven-day letter of claim to the UK band 1975 demanding for RM12.3 million [$2.68m] in damages on behalf of Future Sound Asia (FSA),” David Dinesh Mathew, lawyer for event organiser FSA said in a statement on Friday.

“Doing the right thing often requires quite a lot of sacrifice and very little reward, and being seen doing the right thing requires very little sacrifice and that’s when you get more reward” said Matty Healey


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