15 SEPTEMBER 2012
@LOST MALAYA, JOHOR BAHRU
Ipoh was a mad house, and we thought Penang was already insane enough! By the looks of it, Heineken Progressive Tour x JUICE gets, pardon the corniness, progressively better with each stop, so just imagine what our last leg in Johor Bahru is going to be like. Being the last regal state whose nightlife scene is still untapped, just like in Penang we picked a venue that is suitably regale and historical — Lost Malaya.
To the benefit of this unassuming city, many Johor Bahru pre-war locations have been left untouched, Lost Malaya among them. An art gallery-cum-lounge housed within a double-storey colonial bungalow overlooking the Tebrau Straits, Lost Malaysia was founded by husband-and-wife team Chris Thompson and Alisa Lamlertkittikul. Art and photo exhibitions by local talent are held regularly in the gallery (including that of Chris’ who is a professional photographer who’s worked for The Amazing Race Asia and Biggest Loser Asia), while the lounge upstairs offers a sunset backdrop to beer drinking. Complementing the art house vibe is the JOHO Concept Store. Headquarters for a group of young, local designers JOHO is also a hub for lomo and fixie enthusiasts.
Needing to end the tour with a bang, we enlist the “epitome of modern day rave music” Nick Haydez, the seductress behind the decks and multi-hypenate DJ Faith, XU’s sideproject Mini Compo and local boys in the form of the very bizarre KBnL Dancefloor Hell. We intend on bringing KL there, but we might just bring JB back home instead!
Click the second page for our chat with KBnL Dancefloor Hell. Want to get invites? Just check out this link here to find out how you can win ‘em.