Head in the Clouds Founder on Jackson Wang’s Magic Man, Fest Expansion – Billboard


Head within the Clouds competition is returning to Los Angeles for its fourth iteration this weekend (Aug. 20-21) with headlining performances from Jackson Wang, NIKI and Wealthy Brian at Brookside on the Rose Bowl. The boutique competition, placed on via label and media corporate 88Rising, expanded the development’s capability this 12 months following a triumphant level takeover at Coachella previous this 12 months.

Head within the Clouds partnered with Coachella promoter Goldenvoice remaining 12 months and has best observed its cultural imprint develop every 12 months. “The competition is likely one of the maximum expected issues that we do and it helps to keep getting larger and higher,” says 88Rising founder Sean Miyashiro, who provides that the primary couple of years the corporate needed to push to get folks’s consideration. “Now, once we’ve completed it a few instances, the revel in is truly dope for folks. And folks discuss it, which does numerous the paintings for us. We wish to be sure that we put the force on ourselves to repeatedly outdo what we did remaining time.”

In a 12 months the place price tag gross sales at gala's have bogged down, particularly in saturated markets like Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Head within the Clouds continues not to best promote out however make bigger its capability to deal with call for. And this December, the signature competition that showcases Asian tune throughout a variety of genres, is heading to Jakarta in Indonesia (Dec. 3-4) and Manila within the Philippines (Dec. 9-10).

Billboard sat down with Miyashiro to speak about what lovers can be expecting this weekend, the growth gala's and the place Head within the Clouds is headed in 2023.

What are you enthusiastic about at this weekend’s competition in LA?

I'm excited for Jackson [Wang], who overwhelmed it at Coachella. His 8 mins on level used to be a large spotlight for the entire weekend. For him in an effort to premiere MAGIC MAN — his subsequent album — on our level…they’ve been rehearsing for like two and a part months.

How can you outdo your self this weekend?

The competition is in truth larger this 12 months. We expanded the capability via like 10,000 folks. It used to be already relatively large remaining time with 25,000 folks an afternoon and now it's going as much as 37,500. It's using the distance and the grounds for different issues that you'll revel in which can be extra than simply staring at an act. We’ve completed numerous meals programming and a few artist reports. We're partnering with artists who're taking part in the competition to construct out distinctive reports that reach their artistry. There are surely a few different surprises. I’m beautiful pumped about it.

Why did making a decision to make bigger to some other 12,000 folks?

We bought out of our unique allocation and we determined to make bigger it just a little bit as a result of there's such a lot room. Paul [Tollett] and I were given in combination, he’s the founding father of Coachella, and he’s completed numerous occasions at that venue. He equipped numerous their learnings about easy methods to make the most of the distance. Paul used to be like, “Dude, your competition, it’s other.” He used to be announcing with particularly what number of tickets we bought with out saying a lineup, “That is one thing truly particular.”



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Is Goldenvoice considering those enlargement occasions?

No, however we're chatting with them as a possible spouse for some dates someday. All of it depends upon the place it's.

You're increasing in L.A., however you're additionally increasing in 2022 to Jakarta and Manila.

The reaction after we introduced [Jakarta and Manila] used to be beautiful insane. I don’t know. We’re simply excited. Optimistically subsequent 12 months we will be able to do a pair extra. I don’t assume we wish to do too many. We wish to progressively develop inside our way and no matter we will be able to meaningfully execute. Each marketplace is tremendous other. You’ve were given to maintain other components like other ticketing and advertising. We wish to be sure that we do the entirety at the best quality.

Why Jakarta and Manila?

In Indonesia, the reside area is extremely supportive and tremendous engaged. 88Rising is relatively large there. We had been intended to do Jakarta proper when the pandemic began and we needed to cancel it. So, that is two years within the making. When you take a look at our streaming, Indonesia opponents the U.S. in streaming for us. So, we would have liked to turn some love. Manila, identical factor. It’s a great supportive marketplace for us. We’re gonna get started right here however we’re going to enter another puts subsequent 12 months.

The place are you headed subsequent 12 months?

We’re almost certainly increasing to 2 extra puts. So subsequent 12 months we’ll have 5 [festivals]. We’re nonetheless figuring out precisely the place we would possibly cross. We would possibly do some other one within the U.S. Who is aware of?