Coldplay’s Malaysia Concert Faces Potential Early Closure Under New ‘Kill Switch’ Directive

Published November 22, 2023

Coldplay enthusiasts in Malaysia are gearing up with anticipation for the band’s show scheduled for November 22 at the Bukit Jalil stadium. Nevertheless, the venue has adopted a novel policy referred to as the 'kill switch', which has become a talking point among fans and organizers alike. This mechanism empowers event organizers to abruptly terminate the performance if the band engages in conduct deemed controversial.

New Policy to Maintain Decorum

NME reports that the 'kill switch' will effectively cut off power to the stage’s instruments, lighting, and sound systems, should Coldplay step out of line according to event protocols. Originating from an arrangement with Live Nation, the policy is a response to previous incidents that have raised eyebrows.

Background of the 'Kill Switch'

The inception of this stringent control comes on the heels of The 1975's provocative act at the Good Vibes festival earlier in July, which led to the remainder of the festival being canceled and the band facing a ban from performing in Malaysia. During their set, lead singer Matty Healy defied local anti-LGBTQ laws by kissing a male bandmate onstage, causing a significant stir.

Following the incident, Live Nation Malaysia implored everyone involved in the upcoming Coldplay concert to respect local customs and sensibilities. Though the Malaysian communications minister, Fahmi Fadzil, has indicated optimism for a trouble-free Coldplay show, highlighting their supportive stance on Palestine—a point which aligns with local sentiments—the 'kill switch' remains a precautionary measure that could be employed should the need arise.

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