Monday, October 14, 2013

Urbanscapes 2013


Press Release

Join Franz Ferdinand, Tegan and Sara, Two Door Cinema Club and dozens more for Urbanscapes Festival 2013, The Big Weekend of creative arts, music and community, at MAEPS on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th.

Urbanscapes is really excited to announce the latest round of artist additions to an already massive two-day lineup. Australian indie rockers the Last Dinosaurs bring a touch of Jurassic charm to the festival, while Sydney-based improvisational audio-visual outfit The Wires promise to bring the “oohs” and the “aahs”. There’s gutsy a capella from the UK’s Black Voices while closer to home, reality TV and YouTube sensation Asmidar demonstrates the left-turn creativity that Urbanscapes is renowned for. 

Our arts lineup continues to evolve and impress. Actorlympics is a who’s who of the Malaysia comedy scene, including legends like Patrick Teoh, Afdlin Shauki, Kuah Jenhan, Douglas Lim, Nell Ng and Rashid Salleh, collaborating to bring a touch of those “Whose Line Is It Anyway” improvisational comedy shows to Urbanscapes. And while Urbanscapes is known for its vendors, it’s never seen anything like Market of Experiences, a group of exhibitions and performance art installations that plays with our notion of retail and society, featuring works by Norman Teh and Jia Ling Chew, Vikas Kailankaje and Mun Kao, amongst others.

Gore fans should find time to check out Kult’s Real Horror Show. Curated by Singapore art gallery Kult 3D, the show includes a series of monsters and ghouls created by some of South East Asia’s most gruesome illustrators, B-movie horror montages and shockingly grabbing hands-on experiences including monster face painting, T-shirt silk screening and a doodling workshop.

For electronica fans, stay tuned to Deer in the Park curated by The Deer Society, with a lineup that includes veteran local stars like Flica, newbie sensations like Dangerdisko and Bass Sekolah as well as regional talents like Indonesia’s Midnight Runners and Bottlesmoker.

Fans of the old skool – this should make you smile. In an Urbanscapes exclusive, The Wknd Sessions hosts two of Malaysia’s most important indie music pioneers, Nice Stupid Playground and Damn Dirty Apes. It’s going to be an Urbanscapes to remember.

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 lineup 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 and 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 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 band 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). 

Urbanscapes Festival 2013 is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture and other partners.

Event Information:

Urbanscapes 2013

Ticket Prices: 
  • All-Access Pass: RM397 
  • Weekend Pass: Pre-Sale: RM227 (limited) 
  • Regular Sale: RM247 
  • Satellite Shows: RM177 (per show) 

Ticket Outlets: 
  • Online at and at the following outlets: 
  • Tower Records Malaysia, Berjaya Times Square 
  • Rock Corner outlets: 1 Utama, The Curve, Subang Parade, The Gardens, Mid Valley Megamall, KLCC, Bangsar 
  • The Guitar Store outlets: Cheras, Desa Sri Hartamas, Damansara Perdana, Kepong, Balakong, Puchong 
  • Victoria Music Centre outlets: Sungei Wang Plaza, Tropicana City Mall, Bangsar 
  • Loud + Clear, Bangi 
  • Life Centre

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