Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Urbanscapes Festival 2013

Press Release

Discover the stars of Urbanscapes and win an All-Access Pass to Urbanscapes Festival and Urbanscapes Satellite shows. From 15 August to 25 August we’ll be hiding QR codes around the Klang Valley and posting clues to their whereabouts on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Be the first person to scan the code and reveal the artist it hides and you’ll walk away with a very cool Urbanscapes All-Access Pass worth an even cooler RM397 that will give you access to Urbanscapes Festival and all Urbanscapes Satellite Shows.

Kuala Lumpur – Get ready to make your November a whole lot bigger as Urbanscapes Festival 2013, The Big Weekend, in association with Malaysia Conference & Exhibition Bureau (MYCEB) and partners, returns with an explosion in the sky of music, arts, fashion, comedy, visual design and, of course, people. On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th we’ll be revealing Malaysia’s most diverse line up of creative talent for a weekend-long carousel of creativity and fun for all ages.

Urbanscapes is Malaysia’s largest and longest-running creative arts festival. Two days in November where everyone gets to play a part. It’s a place to stumble upon something new. To picnic with strangers. To watch and feel as the sun sets. Somewhere to dance under the stars. To hug. To kiss. To laugh uncontrollably. To watch the world grow a smile. Moments. This is the weekend you’ve been waiting for; the city’s Big Weekend.

For 2013, even our venue is bigger. We’ll be unveiling Urbanscapes at a fantastic new venue, the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS). With around 12 acres of lawns, hills and gardens to play with we’re letting our imaginations run wild, not to mention adding a dash of European-style pastoral festival chic to the sleek urbanism of Urbanscapes. Want to watch your favourite bands from the comfort of a gently rolling hillside? Get away from the crowd and chill with your friends under a canopy of trees and woodland? Urbanscapes Festival 2013 will be an amazing place to relax, hang out and enjoy the magic of the festival.

In and around it all we’ll have some of the region’s best food vendors, retailers, musicians, artists, comedians, thespians and all the artwork, installation pieces and excitement they can create in four specially created zones, complete with their own entertainment stages. We’re not going to say too much, but their names, The Commons, Woods, End of the Road and The Field should give you an idea of size and scope of our Big Weekend.

Headlining the Big Weekend are Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand, who will be in town for an exclusive performance at Urbanscapes Festival. It’s a concert not to be missed for festival-goers around the region as Malaysia will be the ONLY South East Asian stop in their leg of the tour in support of their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. Also confirmed in the international line-up so far are the excellent Two Door Cinema Club, Efterklang, and Tegan and Sara.

The Canadian indie rock twins, Tegan and Sara will be touring in support of their seventh studio album Heartthrob, released in January 2013 and debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Influenced by synth pop and punk rock, the siblings, who’ve been making music since 1995, have gained a steadfast following and been nominated for numerous awards, including several Juno Awards, a Grammy Award for their Get Along DVD and most recently, they took home the Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Group.

Complementing the Big Weekend are two Satellite Show
s at KL Live, with Explosions in the Sky and Mew performing on 31 October and Metric on 3 December.

Line up announcements also so far include the very tasty Pierre Hollins, the comedian Time Out London describes with just two words – ‘Bloody Funny’ – Oh Chenatku!, Kyoto Protocol, They Will Kill Us All, Kuah Jenhan, Studio Bikin and Allthatissolid. Stay tuned for some major announcements over the next few weeks. We’re going to be teasing out some of our headliners and collaborators and we’re pretty confident it’s going to spark some serious water cooler conversations!

Satellite Shows
This year, for the first time, we’re asking you to start the Big Weekend early, and join us for a series of exclusive Urbanscapes Satellite Shows. On October 31st we’re very pleased to announce a line up of two incredible bands for you at KL Live. For their long-awaited return to KL, we bring you the awesome cosmic post rock power of Explosions in the Sky. The Texans are known for the catchy yet pure cinematic grandeur of their music, the band has an enormous following in Malaysia. Loved the world over for their dynamic stage presence and sheer intensity every show they play here becomes a huge occasion. 

Joining them will be one of Denmark’s leading underground acts, the mighty Mew. Formed in 1994 this trio have been labelled dream pop, shoegaze, indie, alt, post rock and even new prog which simply shows how hard it is to categorise their sound. We agree with them, that they’re ‘the world’s only indie stadium band’, as they make catchy and accessible off-kilter pop that’s equally at home when you’re making Sunday breakfast as it in a heaving rock venue.

Some people might think that Imperial is best but at Urbanscapes we’ve always preferred Metric. Especially when Metric are the stars of our second Satellite Show on December 3rd at KL Live. Over five albums the Canadian New Wave and synth pop influenced have built a hardcore global fanbase, based around an incendiary reputation for their live shows and festival performances. Accomplished crowd-pleasers, the band is also known for throwing impromptu cover versions and other musical surprises into its live sets.

To help you make the most of your Urbanscapes experience, we’re offering a buy-one-see-all ticket in the shape of our All-Access Pass. These very limited tickets are available at RM397 and offer entry to Urbanscapes Festival and all Satellite Shows. Individual tickets for the shows are priced at RM177 (per show).

Stay tuned to our social media channels for more Urbanscapes Satellite Show announcements.

Tickets are available from as well as KL Live, Rock Corner (not at Bangsar Village branch), Victoria Music and The Bee outlets.

You Are Urbanscapes!
Want to star in this year’s Urbanscapes promo video? This year we’re turning the attention on the people who really make every festival special: the fans who support it year after year. Send us the footage of your favourite Urbanscapes moments and journeys and we’ll edit them into a special clip that will be shown across Malaysia and beyond. Hanging with your friends. Chatting with the artists. Dancing in the mud. Show us what Urbanscapes really means to you.

In early September we’ll be sending a call-out for your video clips and footage from previous Urbanscapes. Look out for the mechanics on our social media platforms. In return, you’ll get so see your footage immortalised and broadcast across the nation and we’ll list your name in the credits for the world to see.

For the latest on Urbanscapes, be sure to check out and our Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (@urbanscapes) channels.

The Big Weekend! 
Join us for Urbanscapes Festival 2013, a Big Weekend of creative arts, music and community, at MAEPS on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th.

Event Information
Urbanscapes 2013

Date: Saturday 23 November & Sunday 24 November 2013
Time: 2pm – 12 midnight (daily)
Venue: Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang
43400 Serdang,
Instagram @urbanscapes

Age: We operate an all-ages festival policy. Children under 12 years old enter free of charge but must be accompanied by an adult.
Ticket Prices: All-Access Pass: RM397
Weekend Pass: Early Bird: RM187 (limited)
Pre-Sale: RM227 (limited)
Regular Sale: RM247
Satellite Shows: RM177 (per show)


and at the following outlets:
- Tower Records Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square
- Rock Corner outlets: One Utama, The Curve, Subang Parade, The Gardens, Midvalley Megamall, KLCC, Bangsar
- The Guitar Store outlets: Cheras, Desa Sri Hartamas, Damansara Perdana, Kepong, Balakong, Puchong
- Victoria Music Centre, Sungei Wang, Tropicana City Mall, Bangsar
- Loud + Clear, Bangi
- Life Centre

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