Wednesday, 19 March 2014 | MYT 3:55 PM

Blanked out: Life In Color cancelled due to drug deaths

Organisers of upcoming music fest Life In Color decide to pull the plug after recent drug-related deaths at Future Music Fest Asia.

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.

The organisers – Life In Color, Future Sound Asia and Zouk KL – in an official announcement posted on their Facebook page stated 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.”

A screen capture of the cancellation announcement on Life In Color's Facebook page. 

This 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.

The concert revellers had been partying on Friday, during the A State Of Trance leg of the festival, which featured renowned international DJs Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk, when the deaths occurred.

FMFA organiser, Livescape Asia, had received brickbats from the public for their decision to cancel the third day concerts, which promised to feature hip hop stars Pharrell Willams, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as well as major international acts like DJs Martin Garrix and Bassjackers.

Livescape Asia, in an official statement said it made the decision in the interest of public safety and to heed the authority’s advice to not proceed with the festival.

They added: “This is also to help in the on-going investigation. We appreciate the understanding of all parties and will share updates on this matter as soon as possible,”

In a grim coincidence, The Jakarta Globe also reported that three people died of drug-related issues at the A State of Trance festival in North Jakarta on Sunday.

The tabloid claimed there were witness testimonials indicating the victims had taken drugs before attending the event, which also featured van Buuren and van Dyk.

However, the Jakarta Police claimed that until autopsies are performed, it is difficult to ascertain that the same batch of chemicals were factors in both concert-related deaths.

Despite the Malaysian concert organisers’ assurance that the decision to cancel FMFA and Life In Color was to ensure the ravers’s safety would not be jeopardised, concertgoers are still seeing red over the matter.

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, which was to be its first appearance in this country.

It was set to feature some of the hottest EDM acts around, including Holland-based duo Firebeatz, Dutch House DJ Fedde Le Grand, Zouk Singapore’s resident DJ FORMATIVE as well as Malaysia’s BATE and Goldfish & Blink.

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!

“I’ve been waiting for way too long to spend time with friends I never get to meet and events/raves are the only time we ever get to see each other. People are still gonna party even more irresponsibly now that every organiser wants to cancel.”

Amelda Lim, another dissatisfied patron, vented: “Instead of stepping up the security or whatever, you guys take the easier way out and cancel the show. Already paid for air ticket to come here, how? Thanks Malaysia! Truly Asia indeed. Never trusting a single Msian music festival organiser ever again.”

However, there were also individuals who supported the organisers’ decision, such as Han Leon who said: “After FMFA’s cancellation this one comes as no surprise. We’ve always taken for granted how easy it is we have here. Don’t blame the organisers. I’m sure they’re hating this decision too.”

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle , Entertainment , cancel , cancellation , anouncement , Life In Color , Future Sound Asia , Zouk KL , Future Music Festival Asia , FMFA , drugs , deaths


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