Urbanscapes 2017 announces final additions to city-wide creative arts festival lineup

Latest lineup announcements include Cigarettes After Sex with Ulrich Schnauss (live) + Nat Urazmetova (visuals), Crystal Castles and hyukoh to round up the festival’s formidable music front, while its city-wide takeover pumps creativity into the he(art) of Chinatown

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 MARCH 2017 — The city-wide, three-weekend-long creative arts celebration, Urbanscapes 2017, today announced more music acts to its lineup, which include Cigarettes After Sex with Ulrich Schnauss (live) + Nat Urazmetova (visuals), Crystal Castles, hyukoh and many more regional and local scene-shakers to an already formidable music front made up of Clean Bandit, Mew, Mylets, Stars and Rabbit, The Trees & The Wild and TTNG.

U Mobile, a dynamic telco known for its data innovation, joins Urbanscapes as a partner presenter this year. To celebrate the partnership between Urbanscapes and U Mobile, U Mobile subscribers will be able to enjoy special ticket prices to all ticketed Urbanscapes 2017 shows, as well as other perks.

Topping the music bill with a ton of international, regional and local artists is
American ambient pop collective Cigarettes After Sex (“Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby”), who shares the stage with Ulrich Schnauss (live) + Nat Urazmetova (visuals). Ulrich Schnauss (“Goodbye”) is the German electronic producer and master of the synthesizer. On 9 May at the recently-reopened The Bee Publika, the matching of Cigarettes After Sex and Ulrich Schnauss is sure to be marked by airy, ethereal melodics, with The Bee Publika serving as an intimate backdrop for the two’s brand of storytelling.

Canadian electronic synth-punk duo Crystal Castles (“Crimewave”) and South Korean indie rock act hyukoh (“Wi Ing Wi Ing”) headline #UNCAGEMUSIC BLOCK PARTY presented by Tiger and Urbanscapes at The Row on 21 May. It’s an exclusive experience; money can’t buy tickets to Crystal Castles and hyukoh’s sets at Slate at The Row, but to score invites, stay tuned to Urbanscapes’ social media channels. A long list of local artists are also lined up to play a closing party to a creative arts festival like no other at The Row; expect a fun-filled day with pop-up bars as well as public art installations by sembilan + friends.

Thailand’s alternative pop trio Yellow Fang (“I Don’t Know”) returns to sink their teeth into Urbanscapes 2017 on 20 May at KL Live. With their dreamy, floaty vocals and shoegaze jangles, Yellow Fang transcends the Thai language barrier for Levi's® presents: 501® Rock & Rivets. The trio is joined by Kuala Lumpur’s finest five-piece Kyoto Protocol (“Jelita” featuring Liyana Fizi), Malaysian rock mainstays Seven Collar T-Shirt (“Faith”), and renowned rock act Tempered Mental (“Honestly”).

In the meantime, here’s a link to the official Urbanscapes 2017 playlist curated by Spotify featuring the stellar selection of acts from the festival’s forward-thinking lineup: http://spoti.fi/2odpQVC.

Further additions to the full Urbanscapes 2017 lineup are as below, encompassing more music, arts and market programmes:

  • Art and activism enthusiasts can celebrate arts and crafts, social causes and urban culture at Art For Grabs: Revisit KL Year 2017, which sets up shop on the weekend of 6 and 7 May at the ground floor of Urbanscapes House.
  • For Urbanscapes 2017, Tiffin takes over Chinatown on 6 & 7 May with Chinatown Chowdown. Expect to dine and wine on exclusive Urbanscapes-themed nosh at various eateries and pop-ups all over Chinatown (such as Chō Chǎ, Hoppers KL, leaf & co. cafe, The Attic Bar, The Berlin KL, The Toast Co., Yum Cha Cafe, and Gerai Tai Tai by Pow Ideas) to celebrate the opening weekend of Urbanscapes 2017, whilst enjoying promotions from participating outlets. There will also be art activations at art galleries in Chinatown.
  • Komik Kon Road Tour: Urbanscapes Pit Stop, in collaboration with Funko Pop Malaysia, KL Sketch Nation and local comic artists, will feature collectible trades, fan-based events, and competitions and showcases. It occupies the third floor of Urbanscapes House on 6 and 7 May.
  • Musika Vinyl Market brings music and vinyl enthusiasts together on 7 May at The Bee Publika to dig around deep crates for classics and curated rarities, new and pre-loved.
  • At The Bee Publika on 13 May, electro-happy, rock’n’roll outfit The Otherside Orchestra celebrates the launch of their sophomore album ‘Disco Chemist’.
  • Electronic music producer Yahna throws a party at The Bee Publika on 14 May with Fauxe, Reddit Rocket, and Random K.I.D. to celebrate his debut LP “Haze”.
  • AHM Remix Party takes place at The Bee Publika on 19 May, featuring local top pop-punk act An Honest Mistake and hosted by Malaysian-made streetwear brand Pestle & Mortar. Pop on by for a listening party of 17 tracks remixed by local and regional electronic artists, as well as live performances by synth band Stellar Dreams, dub kings Naufal & i-Sky, beatmaker and producer Cuurley, and Sabah’s trap DJs DRPX.
  • Sneakerspeek MY returns with ‘When Scenes Collide’ on 20 May at Viva Home Cheras, bringing together sneakerheads and toy collectors in a compelling collision of scenes.
  • Immersio, the art, design and experiential event which is exhibited at Urbanscapes House throughout the three-week festival also welcomes the addition of Filamen and its LED light and motion installation entitled "Inbetween". Also featured would be the previously-announced Paras Bunyi collective, featuring curated projection visual arts from a host of up-and-coming visual artists. Paras Bunyi will also host performances by some of the most cutting-edge electronic musicians and DJs over the weekends for the duration of the festival. For the full Paras Bunyi Live weekend lineups, visit urbanscapes.com.my.
  • #ThisIsKualaLumpur is an enthralling photo project that includes an exhibition and talks on the third floor of Urbanscapes House, as well as day and night photography walking tours in the city. On exhibit are works by Azwan Mahzan (also known as Words Manifest) who created This Is Kuala Lumpur; Prakash Daniel​, the founder of Beards of Malaysia; Zam Nayan; ilifm; and Al Ibrahim.


Adrian Yap, founder and festival director of Urbanscapes, which returns to the city centre for its 15th year shared that he is thrilled with this year’s festival bill: “Urbanscapes has always been best known for celebrating the convergence of the creative arts and music events and experiences for a cultural immersion, stretched citywide. As Urbanscapes circles back to its starting point in central Kuala Lumpur, we’re making arts accessible to all, by bringing more people together than before.”

A true-to-its-name creative arts festival
The region’s finest festival, Urbanscapes 2017, returns to the city centre for its 15th year with a city-wide, three-week long creative arts celebration from 5 May until 21 May themed “Rediscover KL”. Art attendees, festival-goers and pop culture vultures of all ages can look forward to exploring, experiencing,and rediscovering the city as various venues come to life with programmes packed with music and performance art, as well as art installations, talks, thematic markets, workshops and experiential and interdisciplinary events headlined by homegrown, regional and international scene-shakers.

The heart of Urbanscapes, Urbanscapes House, beats on at the historic, heritage building of 2 Hang Kasturi, which again serves as the hub of all Urbanscapes-related activities and festivities.

Week #1 (5 May until 7 May)
Date / Time
Location
Lineup / Programme
Tickets
Daily
Basement, Urbanscapes House
COLLECTIVE | Individuals
Free entry
Daily
First floor, Urbanscapes House
Immersio with Paras Bunyi and Filamen
Free entry
Daily
Third floor, Urbanscapes House
#ThisIsKualaLumpur Photo Exhibition
Free entry
5 May
7pm
Ground floor, Urbanscapes House
HOAX IN THE HOUSE hosted by U Mobile
featuring A-Kid, Afaro, Airliftz, Clumsy Gang, cønfucius, Fi7i, Jaggfuzzbeats, Kidd Santhe, lurkgurl, Naufal & I-Sky, Ninjaboi, Orang Malaya, Renry Hollins, Senna, Youth Portal, viktoria, Zamaera, and zsyia
Invite-only; details on how to win passes to follow
6 May
8pm
The Bee Publika
TTNG + Mylets Supporting Acts: This is Atlantis (SG), Cloudy Ku (TW), SWIMS (MY)
Pre-sale, RM118
Regular, RM138

6 & 7 May
Ground Floor, Urbanscapes House
Art For Grabs: Revisit KL Year 2017
Free entry
6 & 7 May
Chinatown
Chinatown Chowdown
Free entry
6 & 7 May
Third Floor, Urbanscapes House
Komik Kon Road Tour: Urbanscapes Pit Stop
Free entry
6 & 7 May
First floor, Urbanscapes House
Paras Bunyi ― Live show
6 May: TKI, Pradana, KAIN, Reddi Rocket, Yahna, VMPRMYTH, with visuals by NERO ONE

7 May: Space Gambus Experiment, HKPT, Orang, Kuning, Yohan & Rivers, with visuals by NERO ONE
Free entry
7 May


The Bee Publika
Musika Vinyl Market
Free entry

Week #2 (8 May until 14 May)

Date / Time
Location
Lineup / Programme
Tickets
Daily
Basement, Urbanscapes House
COLLECTIVE | Individuals
Free entry
Daily
First floor, Urbanscapes House
Immersio with Paras Bunyi and Filamen
Free entry
Daily
Third floor, Urbanscapes House
#ThisIsKualaLumpur Photo Exhibition
Free entry
9 May
Doors open at 7pm
The Bee Publika
Cigarettes After Sex with
Ulrich Schnauss (live) + Nat Urazmetova (visuals)
Pre-sale, RM148
Regular, RM178
10 May
Doors open at 7pm
KL Live
Mew
Supporting Acts: The Trees & The Wild (ID), Lust (MY)
Early bird, RM138
Pre-sale, RM158
Regular, RM188


12 May
Ground floor, Urbanscapes House
Raising The Roof by Raising The Bar
featuring K-Main, Airliftz, Danye, Kayczar, Gard and MAW
Free entry
12 May
The Bee Publika
Stars and Rabbit with The Venopian Solitude
Early bird, RM58
Pre-sale, RM78
Regular, RM98
13 May
7pm
The Bee Publika


The Otherside Orchestra “Disco Chemist” album launch featuring Iqbal M., LUST, Johny Comes Lately, Ramayan and The Times
Pre-sale, RM30
Pre-sale + CD album, RM50
Regular, RM40
To purchase pre-sale tickets, email:
presaledisco@gmail.com


14 May
The Bee Publika
Yahna ‘Haze’ party
featuring Fauxe, Reddi Rocket, Random K.I.D.
RM20 at the door
13 & 14 May
Ground Floor, Urbanscapes House; Medan Pasar
Patina by The Fine Companions
Free entry
13 & 14 May
First floor, Urbanscapes House
Paras Bunyi ― Live show
13 May: Jony Maddkidz, TKI, MH, VMPRMYTH, Tubby, with visuals by The Tomoe
14 May: BURG (Sweden), Menikmati, Another Universe, Adrien Kent, with visuals by EEE Lab
Free entry


Week #3 (15 May until 21 May)

Date / Time
Location
Lineup / Programme
Tickets
Daily
Basement, Urbanscapes House
COLLECTIVE | Individuals
Free entry
Daily
First floor, Urbanscapes House
Immersio with Paras Bunyi and Filamen
Free entry
Daily
Third floor, Urbanscapes House
#ThisIsKualaLumpur Photo Exhibition
Free entry
18 May
Doors open at 7pm
KL Live
Clean Bandit
Early bird, RM158
Pre-sale, RM188
Regular, RM218
19 May
10pm
The Bee Publika
Pestle And Mortar Presents AHM Remix Party featuring Stellar Dreams, Naufal & I-Sky, DPRX and Cuurley
RM30 at the door
20 May
Doors open at 7pm
KL Live


Levi's® presents: 501® Rock & Rivets with Yellow Fang, Kyoto Protocol, Seven Collar T-Shirt and Tempered Mental
Early bird, RM38
Pre-sale, RM58
Regular, RM78
20 May
Viva Home Cheras
Sneakerspeak MY presents ‘When Scenes Collide’
Free entry
20 & 21 May
First floor, Urbanscapes House
Paras Bunyi ― Live show
20 May: DJ Vin, Kubika, Samlaleo Singh, with visuals by The Tomoe
21 May: Slutski, Oddjob, Layde, JonnyVicious, Alex Asquared, with visuals by The Tomoe
Free entry
21 May
The Row
#UNCAGEMUSIC BLOCK PARTY featuring Crystal Castles and hyukoh
Free entry to Backlane, The Deck and Timbre. Limited entry to Slate featuring Crystal Castles, and hyukoh; details on how to win passes to follow