There were no suitable standing concert venues for 2,000–3,000-person audiences back in 1998. Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) collaborated with Zepp to develop a one-stop solution for concerts in order for artists to fill that void and provide an alternative venue to typically seated theatres for rock band performances.
Zepp Kuala Lumpur officially opened its doors on 26th May, with Zepp Hall Network Inc. Vice President of Hall Operation Division Shinichiro Honda present. Zepp operates ten event halls in the region, eight of which are in Japan and one in Taipei. Apart from being a concert venue, the hall can also be used for corporate meetings, weddings, and car shows.
The RM100 million hall can fill 2,414 people, provided with standing and seating areas, as well as eight VIP boxes with private lounges. It has a floor area of 6,500 square metres and is pre-equipped with top-notched lighting and audio equipment, lowering production costs for quick rehearsal setups. The venue’s central location in Kuala Lumpur makes it easily accessible by Light Rail Transit (LRT), as LaLaport BBCC is directly connected to Hang Tuah LRT Station.
“We looked into at the Malaysian event space market and spotted a potential for Zepp to become the go-to option for a variety of shows, including concerts, corporate, social, and personal events. By ensuring our KL event space meets the highest standards of our hall networks in Japan, we are confident that we can ultimately contribute and help Malaysia’s entertainment and events industry to continue growing to new heights by offering a world-class concert venue and event hall,” said Honda.
Malaysia’s well-known rock band Bunkface was the first performer at Zepp Kuala Lumpur’s opening event. The group performed three songs live, “Malam Ini Kita Punya,” “Revolusi,” and their latest single “Korang,” which was released in March. SEARCH, Malaysia’s legendary rock band, will also perform at the hall on the 4th and 5th of June.