On the heels of the release of their eighth studio album BAD MODE, global pop phenom HIKARU UTADA made their festival debut alongside 88rising – the pioneering and internationally-renowned music and media company amplifying Asian talent and culture – during their historic Head In The Clouds Forever performance on Coachella’s main stage. During the 80-minute ensemble performance, which featured some of the greatest Asian artists across countries and generations, Utada debuted their newest collaborative track “T” alongside 88rising and Warren Hue, which is out now as part of the Head in the Clouds Forever companion compilation
Marking the first time in Coachella’s history that a record label has been given an official performance slot to showcase artists, 88rising assembled some of the most iconic Asian artists from around the world and across generations. Artists included (in order of appearance): Warren Hue (Indonesia), MILLI (Thailand), BIBI (Korea), NIKI (Indonesia), Rich Brian (Indonesia), Hikaru Utada (Japan), Jackson Wang (China), and CL & 2NE1 (Korea). A full set list from the show is available below.
The program notably featured the long-awaited return of the “Queens of K-Pop,” 2NE1, who reunited for the first time on stage in 7 years to perform their seminal hit “I AM THE BEST.” Head In The Clouds Forever was supported by an inspiring cast of dancers, featuring choreography from world-renowned dance crew The Kinjaz and Madison Olandt. Symphonic sounds from a 15-piece orchestra also amplified NIKI’s performance, and immersive visuals directed by multi-disciplinary visual artist Curry Tian and Daniel “Cloud” Campos effortlessly tied the program together.