British pop rock band The 1975 announced it was canceling its shows in Jakarta and Taipei after the Malaysian government cut short a music festival in the wake of the band's lead singer Matty Healy slamming the country’s anti-gay laws and kissing a male bandmate during their performance.
The 1975 was scheduled to have a performance at We The Fest, Indonesia’s annual summer music festival, in Jakarta, part of their 2023 Asia tour.
“The 1975 regret to announce that their forthcoming shows in Jakarta and Taipei will no longer be going ahead as planned,” the group said in a statement. They added that the decision was not made lightly "but unfortunately due to the current circumstances, it is impossible to proceed with the current shows.”
Malaysia’s Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil slammed Matty Healy’s conduct and said that homosexuality is a crime in the country punishable by up to 20 years in prison and caning.