The first-ever 88 Rising Head in the Clouds Festival came to LA State Historic Park and took place this past Sunday, bringing Asian artists to a massive LA audience like never before.
The media company has been a fast rising one, with a really good feature in The New Yorker earlier this year being my first introduction to how they’ve gotten this thing off the ground. Acts like Rich Brian, Dumbfoundead, Joji, Keith Ape, and more performed.
The festival was even blessed by a surprise appearance by Anderson Paak, who is half-Korean and half-black. Paak ran through a couple of hits, including his single “Bubblin'” from his upcoming Oxnard album that is produced by Dr. Dre.
It was a packed house to see 88Rising’s unique roster of talent. The lines for merchandise were always pretty long, and the company even had a collaboration with GUESS on hand. They even had the infamous Howlin’ Rays BBQ on hand, a true boon for attendees.
The crowd loved the show and I doubt this is the last we see a festival of this type thrown on by 88Rising. Our photographer Thane Fernandes was on site taking photos, check them all out below.