Walk Down Urbanscapes Lane

Walk Down Urbanscapes Lane

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.

The Beginning

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.

We loved KLPAC so much that we decided to come back for another year in 2009! Urbanscapes 2009 saw an even bigger list of local bands like Gerhana Ska Cinta, Pop Shuvit, and Yuna just to name a few. Speaking of Yuna, Urbanscapes was one of the few festivals she played at before becoming a household name locally and internationally! Not forgetting other up and coming artists, we set up platforms for acoustic, poetry, and even DJs to showcase their talent. Attendees looking for a good bargain (lelong! lelong!) or something new enjoyed all the stalls set up for them selling everything under the sun!
KLPAC was once again home to Urbanscapes in 2010 with more performances and vendors to cater to an even wider audience. Local acts such as Seven Collar T-shirt, Najwa, Yuna, and inspirational works from photographers and filmmakers made Urbanscapes 2010 an especially memorable one.

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.

Now that you know what went down the last few years, ready for #Urbanscapes2017? 😀 Over three weekends & across multiple city spots, be part of Malaysia’s longest running creative arts festival here!

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