After almost a year of indefinite postponement, it was revealed that the production company for the “WNKD FEST Vol. 1: K-pop Edition” concert has been sued by event organiser, The Livescape Group.
The event company proceeded with the lawsuit and eventually won a court case for breach of contract against the K-pop event’s production company, World Wonder Fest Sdn Bhd. The proceeding was made at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
World Wonder Fest announced back in 19th August 2019 that the concert would no longer be taking place as originally scheduled. In a statement provided to the press, they claimed they were “bullied by a business partner” and “pinned their incompetence on a poor working relationship between the business partners who helped in the event“. Additionally, they stated that they were also “ill-advised, instructed, and bullied into making decisions” while falsely claiming negligence on their business partner’s end.
In addressing the news, Livescape CEO Iqbal Ameer told NST, “We have always strived to bring world class artistes to Malaysia. This situation has dampened our reputation. We’re thankful to the authorities for hearing our voices. I hope this decision will encourage others to speak up for their rights.”
Meanwhile, non-governmental organisation (NGO) Arts, Live Festival and Events Association (ALIFE) president Rizal Kamal assured everyone that they were closely monitoring the situation.
He told the news outlet, “Fly-by-night promoters ruin the image of our industry. I find the modus operandi of intentionally creating and cancelling events unethical and criminal. Suppliers, artistes and ticket purchasers should check with ALIFE to verify a producer’s legibility before engaging with them.”
For those curious, “WKND FEST Volume 1” concert was supposed to take place on 30th August. Some of the K-pop acts that were scheduled in the lineup included Tiffany Young, iKON, Mamamoo, and (G)I-DLE.