Word has gotten out that a beloved venue called The Wall in the southern Malaysian city Batu Pahat, which is 100% run and owned by punks, was caught on fire last night while those in charge of the venue were right in the next room.
Feroz, the owner of the venue, said that everything happened so fast and he was just sitting in the next room listening to music when suddenly they noticed fire. They ran out to the main stage hall to see the entire stage and all its equipment up in flames…the worst part is that Feroz said it didn’t seem like an accident. Everything erupted so fast that it felt like someone had actually poured gasoline and then lit the place…he says that he can’t say that for certainty because he has no evidence of arson but he knows that this entire suspicious case is now under investigation.
Feroz says that they’re in the midst of figuring out what to do to recoup the tremendous financial loss that has been incurred by this destruction. He will let us know when/if they will begin accepting donations from the worldwide punk/hardcore community.
For now, the Malaysian band Sharon Stoned has announced that another venue in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur’s Rumah Api are organizing a charity show in order to raise funds for The Wall’s reconstruction. Once we get more information about this show we will DEFINITELY be promoting it hard here on UniteAsia.org in our little way to help The Wall rebuilt itself. Here is the beautiful flyer…if you live in and around Kuala Lumpur – BE THERE!
To continue feeling bad…The Wall literally had JUST celebrated their fifth year anniversary.
Any loss to an Asian band, venue, label is all our loss…punk rock and hardcore stand in solidarity. We hope you guys keep the faith and can’t wait for you to get back on your feet soon!