88rising’s Head in the Clouds (HITC) music festival is returning to New York for a second time. In partnership with concert promoter The Bowery Presents, the Asian music and culture showcase is bringing some powerhouse performers such as K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE, soloist BIBI, and Japanese singer, rapper and producer, Joji.
Taking place from May 11-12 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, ticketing info can be found here. Presale registration is open through 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 12, with ticket presales starting at 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 9. General tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Feb. 12.
A portion of the festival’s proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization Heart of Dinner, which works to relieve food insecurity in the elderly Asian American community.
To get ready for HITC NY round two, here are some favorite tracks of mine from this year’s lineup.
With the recent release of their second full-length studio album, (G)I-DLE is starting 2024 with a confident bang. The aptly named album 2, features a powerful title track “Super Lady,” which feels like a throwback to the best in Gen 2 K-pop, complete with a very expensive looking music video. Also check out the peppy side track “Fate,” which could fit as an anime opener.
This Japanese girl group is bold, wacky and embodies the spirit of coloring outside the lines. Their newest single “Toryanse” is a brash banger that captures their cultural sonic sensibilities and independent flair. Any live performance from this quartet will be a blast.
South Korean soloist BIBI released one of my favorite tracks of 2023 with “Hongdae R&B.” With each new release, BIBI shows her growth and strong vision as an artist. She’s been with 88 Rising for several years now, but has blossomed into a lodestar among their usual roster of top-tier talent.
Maybe it’s my Pacific Northwest bias showing, but Deb Never resonates because of her honesty. Her 2023 album Thank You For Attending is a treasure trove of haunting hymns. You’ll be glad you attended her set.
He’s an artist’s artist, just check out our full interview with him here. This singer, rapper and fashion designer pours every aspect of himself into all of his projects. Through his music, he shares about his upbringing and his parents’ immigrant experience. Listen to his latest lyrical masterpiece “Foundation.”
Is Thuy JoySauce’s favorite Vietnamese artist right now? Quite possibly. Her groovy and melodic single album don’t miss me too much is on constant repeat. The namesake title track makes for a bop and a good piece of advice because Thuy is a performer we miss a lot whenever we don’t see her onstage.
Published on February 6, 2024
Words by Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson is a disabled Chinese American adoptee based in Seattle. His freelance writing specialties include K-pop, entertainment, and food. He believes that any restaurant can be a buffet, and the key to success is to take a nap each day. Follow his adventures on Instagram @danzstan.