Throwback alert! Would you believe it, it’s been 15 years since our first festival way back in 2002! From our humble beginnings at the now defunct Grappa Soho, Bukit Bintang to events held across Kuala Lumpur for two and a half weeks, we’re now Malaysia’s longest running creative arts festival.
Arts festivals weren’t a very common sight in 2002 so it was a leap of faith of sorts to organise an event like Urbanscapes. To put into perspective how long ago 2002 was, the first iPhone was introduced in 2007 and Facebook wasn’t even a thing yet! No selfies and nowhere to post them 🙁
Finding our Footing
2004 was when we threw things into second gear and moved Urbanscapes to KL Sentral. With a bit more space to play around with, we introduced bigger music acts, more film screenings, cultural activities, and food (very important, must makan first)! But Urbanscapes was destined for much bigger things and a bigger venue.
KLPAC, Our Home for Next 3 Years
Fast forward to 2008, Urbanscapes set up shop at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) and created a platform for young creatives to showcase their passion for arts and crafts! The sprawling greenery gave the Urbanscapes revellers enough space to take in the live music from local acts such as Love Me Butch, Estrella, Estranged and more. Those looking to enjoy the works from the local arts scene were also not left disappointed.
Bigger Venue, Bigger Crowd
After 3 years in KLPAC, 2011 saw Urbanscapes move its now prestigious arts festival to Padang Astaka, Petaling Jaya with even more space to offer. It was also this year that Urbanscapes pulled its biggest crowd yet. There was also a hot air balloon at the field to keep things lit! Literally.
Urbanscapes Turns 10
Urbanscapes 2012 marked our 10th anniversary as a creative arts festival and for the first time extended the event to become a 2 day festival (yaaaasssss!). We really wanted to go big this year so we got Sigur Ros and the lovely Yuna to headline the festival!
More than a Creative Weekend
After reaching new heights in 2012, we were set to turn it up another notch in 2013 with yet another new venue at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS, Serdang). Maintaining the 2 day event schedule, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, and Tegan And Sara along with exciting local acts headlined the festival.
This was also the year satellite shows were introduced leading up to the main weekend event. Despite Two Door Cinema Club cancelling (kan cheong moment!), attendees didn’t let that stop them from going all out and enjoying the festival.
A Cooler Urbanscapes
Urbanscapes 2014 cooled things down with a new venue at the Horse Ranch, Resorts World Genting but continued to rock and roll! Satellite shows included Chvrches, Mogwai, and Tenacious D which pulled massive crowds and the same can be said on the festival day itself with a host of major local acts gracing the stage.
Bringing Forth the Urbanscape House
To date, Urbanscapes 2016 was one of the most ambitious installments with exclusive parties, performances, and art installations peppered across Kuala Lumpur for 2 and a half weeks (fuyoh)! Big local acts Bittersweet and Hujan and international acts Tame Impala, M83, and Rudimental (dat lineup) played to ecstatic crowds at their satellite shows with some fully sold out. Local films were also given a platform to showcase their work in the newly opened Urbanscapes House at Jalan Hang Kasturi.