Head In the Clouds 2024 Recap

The two-day festival had its second ever festival in at Forest Hills Stadium on the weekend of May 11th & 12th....
Head In the Clouds 2024 Recap
Head In the Clouds 2024 Recap

The two-day festival had its second ever festival in at Forest Hills Stadium (QRO venue review) on the weekend of May 11th & 12th. Coinciding with AAPI month, Head In The Clouds is backed by 88Rising, a label that shines light on Asian artists across the globe.

Standout acts from the days included Atarashii Gakko (“New School” in Japanese), Wave to Earth, Bibi, and Joji.

Atarashii Gakko

Atarashii Gakko performs almost entirely in Japanese, but you wouldn’t know that from their performance. They’re an atypical girl group that brims with youthful energy and almost skit-like choreography. It’s a refreshing departure from cutesy girl groups that seem to dominate the industry. 

Wave To Earth

Wave to Earth is a Korean three-piece that boasts jazz guitars, and soothing surf-rock. The three band members played an unforgettable sunset set and the backdrop befitted their smooth music. 

BIBI

BIBI has a slew of hits up her sleeve, and her performances never fail to deliver. Her expressive performance paired with top notch vocals captivated the ground (especially the girl in first row who received a kiss from the songstress herself). 

Joji

Joji, who closed out the festival, had the crowd in the palm of his hands the whole show – dawning a baseball cap and oversized sweater, he belted his signature sad-boy songs while throwing inflatable pineapples and pool noodles into the crowd. 

A festival like Head In the Clouds is especially important in the states, where Asian artists are often overshadowed on festival stages and radio charts. Here’s to hoping it continues for years to come. 



-words & photos: Joyce Lee



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