How to be festival-ready in Kuala Lumpur

We love our music festivals, but honestly, Kuala Lumpur could do with an event location that’s closer to the city. No matter though, here’s our downlow on how to be festival-ready in the city of traffic jams, shopping malls and undercover bars.

When to go?

Wouldn’t you know? There’s a music festival coming up this weekend called the Good Vibes Festival 2014. Yes, there are still tickets available, and no, you’re not too late.

When: This Saturday, 23rd August.

Who will be there: Ellie Goulding, Empire of the Sun, Electrico, Banks and many more.

Where: Sepang Go Kart International Circuit, next to Sepang International Circuit.

What to wear?

Screen Shot 2014-08-18 at 3.26.42 am
Don’t forget your hippie flower crown! Also, bring loads of cash. There are no ATMs there!

We put together a handy collage of things to look ultra trendy there, because music festivals are hipster fashion week equivalents and you don’t want to look like you’re caught with your pants down. Also, you might want to bring your sunblock and a raincoat/Hunter boots as well.

On the offchance that you’ve lost your luggage on the way there, you might want to pick up some festival-gear at (highstreet and high-end) Pavilion, Lot 10, Suria KLCC, (street fashion and cheap but trendy buys) Fahrenheit 88 or Sungai Wang Plaza!

How to get there? 

Any music festival worth its shtick is usually held at the Sepang GoKart International Circuit. There’s loads of space, parking (important!) but it’s hot as hell and you’ll need to drive out around 45 minutes from the city centre.

Here's the festival map for easy reference. You're welcome.
Here’s the festival map for easy reference. You’re welcome.

We suggest going by MyTeksi since you’ll want to have some alky to go with all those vibes. You can download the MyTeksi app here. We also love Uber if you want to get there in style (our way, of course).

Transportation by train and bus are highly inconvenient to the venue, so we don’t advise trying.

Where to stay?

Okay this is our speciality; so you should trust us on this. Rather than staying WAYYYY out in Putrajaya (there’s nothing there) or god forbid, Bangi, we’d recommend you stay in town proper. Why? Honestly, you don’t want to stay in the boonies, and plus the city centre is where it’s at for all pre- and post-festival parties. Here are our faves:

The Majestic Hotel (45min) 

There are no outside food allowed at Good Vibes, so eat up, and come back to the tea lounge.
There is no outside food allowed at Good Vibes, so eat up at the tea lounge.

What’s special: Attentive butler service so you’ll have him on your beck and call to bring you drink when you’re all hungover. Gorgeous bathtubs and a stellar pool to prep yourself for all that partying.

Extra stuff: 

– Complimentary shuttle between KL Sentral Station and the major shopping district in the city.

– Exclusive high tea session in the Orchid Room

– Ultra relaxing art deco style spa.

G Tower Hotel (47min) 

Get your pre-party boozy mood on with the rooftop bar. Don't get too tizzy!
Get your pre-party boozy mood on with the rooftop bar. Don’t get too tizzy!

What’s special: 2 heated infinity pools, hair and beauty studio, and a fitness sanctuary for last minute workouts before the festival. Plus, it lives by a ‘green’ principle, so if you’re an avid tree-hugger, this will greatly please you.

Extra stuff: 

– Beautiful Bridge bar that is a feast for the eyes

– Super fresh food at the Tanzini (Try the Tanzini Upperdeck for a meal under the stars)

Hotel Maya (49 mins)

Maybe you won't want to wash off festival mud here!
Maybe you won’t want to wash off festival mud here!

What’s special: Chic and classy minimalist Zen-inspired design using organic materials, views of the Petronas Twin Towers, understated luxury, really great breakfasts and round-the-clock butler service.

Extra stuff:

– In-house Sky Lounge with magnificent views of the city skyline, which only guests can use

– Japanese inspired ‘Sosaku’ cuisine at the Still Waters restaurant

– Anggun Spa’s signature massages and the indoor heated hydrotherapy pool

Where to party?

Meh, you’ve seen the main act and you’re not so interested in the others. Where do you go? Let us guide the way…


Yessss, that's the view.
Yessss, that’s the view.

This recently opened outdoor resto boasts one of the best views in town (of town). Situated in the ultra-luxe Troika building, Fuego is all about visually-pleasing and mouth-watering South American tapas (they’ve got no less than 5 types of guacamole, with a specially trained ‘guacamole chef’!) with a pretty darn good view.


Perfect for suffering songwriter singers

This place was made for hipsters. A huge space born out of renovated heritage shophouses, Barlai (a play on the word ‘balai’ which means hall) is all about the old KL, thanks to its 80-year old vibe, exposed brick walls and friendly service.

Pisco Bar

Don't be fooled by this photo. It WILL get packed come the weekend.
Don’t be fooled by this photo. It WILL get packed come the weekend.

This eclectic urban chic setting attracts a huge mix of yuppie expats, trendy locals and international travellers, so it’s bound to be a great place to mingle if you’re single. They’re known for their outstanding cocktails, live music performances, plus their Solid Gold on Friday is a winner with funk, disco, house and soul playing on the decks.

Will we be seeing you there, nomads?

Main photo: 1. 
Photo credits: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
The Luxe Nomad

Like you, we love to travel but we think that staying at beautiful places shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag. That’s why we’ve gone out there and snagged the best design and luxury hotels and resorts in the Asia Pacific region at rates you won’t believe. WanderLuxe is our little corner of the world where we share our inspirations and thoughts about travel!

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.