The Jakarta Post
Rich Brian at the opening of 'The Sailor Experience' on Aug. 7, 2019 at Gudang Gambar in South Jakarta. (Spotify/File)
Indonesian rapper Rich Brian and singer/songwriter Nicole “NIKI” Zefanya will perform at the popular United States Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, according to the festival’s official Instagram account.
Similar to previous years, the festival will take place in Indio, California. This year’s event will feature Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and Rage Against the Machine as the headliners.
Rich Brian and NIKI, who have released albums through American record label 88rising, will be the first Indonesians to perform at the two-weekend event. Both artists will grace the stage of Coachella on April 10 and 17.
i am trying my hardest to not lose my shit right now but thank you for supporting me because this is insane to me— Rich Brian (@richbrian) January 3, 2020
Rich Brian, whose real name is Brian Imanuel Soewarno, shared his excitement on Twitter on Friday, thanking his fans.
Rich Brian became famous when his debut single “Dat $tick”, went viral in 2016. The 20-year-old rapper released his second studio album The Sailor in July 2019.
Meanwhile, NIKI posted on Instagram that she could not believe the news and this would be her first Coachella.
NIKI grew up in Jakarta and gained popularity by singing cover and original songs on YouTube. In 2017, she moved to Nashville and released her debut EP Zephyr one year later.
In addition to Rich Brian and NIKI, the festival will feature another popular artist managed by 88rising, Joji, in the Saturday events.
A special performance by 88rising titled “Double Happiness” is listed on the lineup, though details have yet to be announced.
The 2020 Coachella lineup also includes K-pop sensation BIGBANG and J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Similar to Rich Brian and NIKI, BIGBANG will perform during the Friday. The upcoming Coachella will be the group's first performance after a two-year hiatus.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is expected to perform on April 12 and 19.
Tickets for Weekend 1 have reportedly been sold out, while Weekend 2 pre-sale tickets will go on sale on Monday. (jes/wng)
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