Urbanscapes Creative Arts Festival Ascends to Genting

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Urbanscapes, Malaysia’s creative arts festival, will celebrate its twelfth year with month-long activities that include satellite shows, a host of parties and pocket events throughout the month of November, before culminating in full-fledged festival on Dec 6 at the Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting in the highlands, just north of the capital city.

 

Often known for its off-beat festival sites, Urbanscapes is the first to introduce a highland festival experience to the burgeoning Malaysian festival circuit. On Dec 6, Urbanscapes invites festival-goers to traverse the tree-lined driveway which opens up to the idyllic, sun-lit plains of the Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting, where the average temperature is a comfortable, crisp 22°C. A vast array of accommodation and transportation options will be available to choose from.

 

Adrian Yap, founder of the festival said: “The team here at Urbanscapes has always taken pride in selecting unique venues. We believe the venue — in addition to the arts, music and culture — is an experience itself. We’ve worked very hard with our venue partner in securing a very special site that has never been used before for any event, let alone a festival. It’s 40-minutes away, but 10°C cooler.”

 

Since its inception, Urbanscapes has supported Malaysian grassroots movements, fueled homegrown entrepreneurs; and provided a platform that has launched the careers of many artists and musicians. At the festival, guests will have the opportunity to explore the country’s creative arts, culinary and cultural offerings; and enjoy a thrilling line-up of local, regional and international bands.

 

Organisers are expected to announce the full-line up — including its headliners — at a later date. Yap says in the interest to satiate Urbanscapes’ growing audience’s tastes in music, this year’s full line-up will whet all appetites. “As of today, we’re offering just a sneak peak into the line-up. There is much more to come as this would be Urbanscapes’ most diverse line-up to date.”

 

As of this release, organisers have confirmed Scottish synthpop band Chvrches (“Recover,” “Lies”), whose track “The Mother We Share” was featured in the opening video for the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland this year, for an exclusive Urbanscapes Satellite Show at 7 pm, Nov 19 at KL Live.

 

At the Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting, festival-goers can look forward to soak in the anthemic sounds of the Los Angeles-based indie rock band Local Natives (“Gorilla Manor”, “Heavy Feet”) that Pitchfork described as a “sort of West Coast ‘Grizzly Bear’ [the band]”. Playing alongside them will be

 

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the legendary American college rock outfit The Lemonheads (“It’s a Shame About Ray”) whose cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs Robinson” paved a way to a breakthrough in their salad days, and their re-emergence when it was used in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street”.

 

Fans with an appetite for our own local giants can look forward to OJ Law (“Fantastic Adventure” (feat Liyana Fizi), “Tongue-Tied”) and his versatile repertoire of catchy melodies spliced with infectious guitar licks and unforgettable vocal hooks. Get ready for some mellow atmospheric piano ballads by Ali Aiman (“Breathe”), one of the most promising singer-songwriters in town who has captivated listeners with his “Overture” EP. The talented Najwa (“Got to Go”, “Before”) will also perform, giving fans an opportunity to experience sounds from her new EP that feature darker undertones with sombre, minimalistic echoes.

 

For more information, check out  urbanscapes.com.my.

 

Ticketing Information

 

Buy your Urbanscapes tickets online at  www.ticketpro.com.my. Tickets can also be bought at physical outlets throughout the country. For full list of outlets, look them up at  www.ticketpro.com.my/jnp/ticket-outlets/index.html. Ticketing information for additional satellite shows will be announced when appropriate.

 

Urbanscapes 2014 Satellite Show featuring Chvrches

TIME: 7 pm

 

DATE: Nov 19

 

PLACE: KL Live, 20 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50450 Kuala Lumpur

 

Tickets for Satellite Show featuring Chvrches*

Price

Status

     

Early Bird

RM127

On Sale Now

     

Pre-Sale

RM147

TBC

     

At The Door

RM167

TBC

     

 

*Pre-Sale tickets will be sold once early bird tickets are sold out. These tickets allow access to one satellite show of your choice only (make sure you buy the correct Satellite Show ticket!) These tickets do NOT allow access to Urbanscapes.

 

Urbanscapes 2014

 

TIME: 2pm till late

 

DATE: Dec 6

 

PLACE: Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting

 

Tickets for Urbanscapes Festival 2014*

Price

Status

     
Phase 1

RM157

On Sale Now

     
Phase 2

RM187

TBC

     

 

 

 

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Phase 3

RM207

TBC

     

At The Door

RM227

Available Dec 6

     

* There are limited sales for each phase, and once the quantity runs out, ticket sales will move on to the next phase. These tickets do NOT allow access to any Satellite Shows.

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