The Jakarta Post
The organizers of Head in the Clouds Jakarta have announced that they will be implementing health checks during the event. (Shutterstock/Goran Djukanovic)
South Korean singer Chungha will not be performing at the upcoming pop culture festival Head in the Clouds Jakarta, according to the event's initiator 88rising on Sunday.
On social media, the entertainment company mentioned "unforeseen circumstances" as the reason behind the cancellation.
Because of unforseen circumstances, chungha will not be performing at head in the clouds Jakarta. 88rising family is with you and your team @CHUNGHA_MNHent— 88rising (@88rising) March 1, 2020
According to allkpop.com on Sunday, the singer is currently undergoing self-quarantine and hence canceling everything on her schedule after one of her staff members tested positive for the novel coronavirus following a trip with her to Italy. Another one of her staff members was later found to have virus as well. However, Chungha herself reportedly tested negative.
Replying to fans' concerns about the continuation of the concert amid current coronavirus outbreak, the organizers said on Twitter that they "always monitor the health of their artists and crew and have ensured all participating members are in good health and haven't traveled to endemic countries in the past month nor made contact with coronavirus patients or those suspected to have it."
Kami selalu memantau kesehatan artis & kru kami sejak virus Corona ini merebak & sudah memastikan bahwa semua yg terlibat berangkat dlm keadaan sehat & tdk melakukan perjalanan ke negara endemi 1 bln terakhir atau melakukan kontak dgn pasien yang terjangkit atau tersuspek Corona pic.twitter.com/7oqZjl6Kuk— Head in The Clouds Jakarta (@HITCJKT) February 29, 2020
The organizers also announced that they would be implementing a health check policy during the event, which would include requiring attendants to undergo body temperature check prior to entering the venue and banning those deemed unhealthy from accessing the festival area.
Slated for March 7 at JIEXpo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta, Head in the Clouds Jakarta is scheduled to feature performances by NIKI, Rich Brian, Joji, Day6, Zhu (DJ set), Phum Viphurit, Yerin Baek, Stephanie Poetri, August08 and Dumbfoundead; as well as RAN, Dipha Barus and friends, Reality Club, Voice of Baceprot, Arta, Adhitya Sofyan, Cellosux featuring Rebelsuns, Devinta Trista, Elephant Kind, Moneva and Neonomora.
Dubbed the Asian Coachella, the festival aims to bring Asian talent across music, art, design and fashion to Jakarta for the very first time and is set to present two stages alongside numerous indoor and outdoor art and design exhibitions, merchandise collaborations and vendors.
The first-ever Head in the Clouds took place in Los Angeles, California, the United States, in September 2018 and featured a star-studded lineup including Zion.T, Rich Brian, Keith Ape, Joji, Niki, KOHH and Dumbfoundead.
The second installment of the Los Angeles Head in the Clouds festival, held in August 2019, reportedly attracted more than 20,000 attendees. (kes)
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