Coachella 2023: Asian Acts Set to Shine

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Coachella 2022 brought some of the most in-demand Asian artists together in one place. From the Mongolian folk metal of The Hu, Rina Sawayama, Utada Hikaru, and the unexpected reunion of 2NE1, it’s no exaggeration to say it was the best year to see Asian performers on the Coachella stage. In partnership with 88rising, the “Head in the Clouds Forever” set at the Coachella Stage gave a platform to a mix of Asian artists who made their festival debut: MILLI, Dumbfoundead, Rich Brian, Warren Hue, and aespa.

This upcoming Coachella features BLACKPINK as the first K-pop group to headline the music festival, and this will be the group’s second time there since 2019. Joining the roster will be Jackson Wang, DPR LIVE, DPR IAN, UMI, the Linda Lindas, Yaeji, Diljit Dosanjh, Ali Sethi, and Sunset Rollercoaster. Interestingly, many of these performers have all gone on tour or performed at another U.S. festival in the past year. But Coachella always has its surprises, and there’s no such thing as a disappointing setlist at the Indio festival.

Kalai Chik

Pop culture writer focusing on animation, music, and games. Los Angeles native, USC alumni, and contributor for Asia Pacific Arts since 2015. Follow me on Twitter, @kalai_chik.

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