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Head in the Clouds Jakarta's latest postponed event as COVID-19 grips Asia

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, March 3, 2020  /  04:39 pm
Head in the Clouds Jakarta's latest postponed event as COVID-19 grips Asia

Concertgoers attend a performance at the Head in the Clouds music festival in Los Angeles, the United States, on Aug. 17, 2019. (Courtesy of/88rising)

Pop culture music festival Head in the Clouds Jakarta, initially scheduled to be held on March 7, has been postponed after the government confirmed that two Indonesians tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

 

“Our main priority is the well-being of our fans in Indonesia, and after heavy consideration, we have decided to postpone Head in The Clouds Jakarta,” said Sean Miyashiro, CEO of American entertainment company 88rising, in a statement.

“More information regarding rescheduling and refunds will be communicated to all ticket holders very shortly,” the post read. “We love you all so much and we put our hearts and souls into this amazing event, trust that we will bring Head in the Clouds back very soon.”

On Sunday, 88rising announced the cancellation of South Korean singer Chungha’s performance at the festival. The singer was reportedly undergoing self-quarantine after one of her staff members tested positive for the coronavirus following a trip with her to Italy. Chungha herself tested negative for the virus.

Head in the Clouds Jakarta was among the most-anticipated events in the city this year, with a lineup that included Rich Brian, Joji, NIKI, Stephanie Poetri, Phum Viphurit, Dipha Barus, RAN and Reality Club. Regular tickets sold out quickly in late February, though promotional tickets were still available on Blibli.com.

The festival was initiated by 88rising and organized by online forum KASKUS in collaboration with marketing communication agency Megapro Communications.

Called 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, the United States, in September 2018 and featured Rich Brian, Keith Ape, Joji, NIKI, Zion.T and Dumbfoundead.

The second installment of the Los Angeles Head in the Clouds festival in August 2019 attracted more than 20,000 attendees.

Head in the Clouds Jakarta adds to a growing list of postponed music events in Indonesia over coronavirus concerns. South Korean singer-actor Kim Jae-joong moved back his concert to May 2 from March 7, while American singer-songwriter Khalid postponed his upcoming concert, scheduled to take place on March 28.

In Asia, several music events have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the disease. These include the Singapore concerts of South Korean group NCT Dream and singer Taeyeon; the world tour of South Korean group Seventeen with stops in Kuala Lumpur and Taipei; the Manila concert of Canadian singer Avril Lavigne; the Taiwan shows of GOT7, Taeyeon and Kim Sung-kyu of Infinite; the Japan shows of Red Velvet, NCT Dream and TVXQ; and all Asian shows in American rock band Green Day's world tour.

The Korea Herald reported that the coronavirus outbreak took a heavy toll on K-pop, with the high-profile concerts of BTS and Twice getting canceled.

BTS' concerts in Seoul were expected to attract over 200,000 concertgoers. (wng)

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