Kid LAROI didn’t disappoint fans when the Malaysian Goodwill Festival – which he was scheduled to headline on Saturday (July 22) – was suddenly cancelled.
The surprise cancellation of the festival came after 1975’s set on Friday, when frontman Matty Healy slammed the country’s restrictive LGBTQ laws as “ridiculous” and shared a long kiss with bandmate Ross MacDonald on stage. In an official statement, Good Vibes noted that the decision adhered to a directive from the Ministry of Communications and Digital, which has a “firm stance against any party that challenges, mocks or contravenes Malaysian laws”.
So on Saturday night, with no headlining gig in Kuala Lumpur, LAROI brought an abbreviated version of his show to a local hotel bar.
“Two things before I begin. I’m very drunk, number one. Since they canceled the show, I had no choice but to go to the bar immediately. Here I am,” he told a modest but enthusiastic crowd that began to gather.
“I’m with my friends today, and I just realized since everything got canceled and I’m here anyway, I can come and do some songs,” LAROI said to cheers. “Thanks to the hotel for allowing me to do this.”
LAROI kicked off his short set with “Thousand Miles”. Although the order of the hotel bar setlist is unclear, based on various fan-captured music videos, he also sang “Stay”, “Without You” and “Diva”.
At the end of his impromptu mini set, he joked HAD he was able to perform for them on the festival stage that night, “I’d be so much better, I wouldn’t be drunk and I’d actually be able to talk to you guys.”
Earlier on Instagram Stories, LAROI had posted, “touched down and found out the festival was cancelled… I love you Malaysia, sorry,” and then shared a selfie with fans at the hotel. He wrote, “Met some new friends what the uuuuppppp.”
“I can sing a few songs in the hotel bar,” he told Stories.
Check out some clips from his surprise performance at the hotel bar below.