Today, 88rising, the pioneering and internationally-renowned music and media company amplifying Asian talent and culture, and Live MNL, are thrilled to announce the 2022 Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival lineup in Manila, Philippines. Head In The Clouds Manila will take place on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 2022 at SM Festival Grounds Parañaque City. Ticket sales begin Wednesday, October 5 at 10am Manila time (purchase passes HERE).
88rising’s Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival will be coming to the city of Manila with an impressive range of curated talent including headliners Joji, Jackson Wang, NIKI, Rich Brian, eaJ, and YOASOBI. The festival will also include live performances from BIBI, MANILA GREY, Warren Hue, Ylona Garcia, GUAPDAD 4000, ATARASHII GAKKO!, MILLI, Zack Tabudlo and many more; plus special guest Grammy-winning hitmaker and electronic producer ZEDD.
“I am so excited to perform at the inaugural Head in the Clouds Manila. I missed y’all and it’s time to bring it to the Philippines.” says headliner Rich Brian. PARADISE RISING’s own Ylona Garcia noted, “I’m so glad 88rising is bringing the Head In The Clouds Festival to the Philippines and I’m incredibly grateful to be part of it! It’s been a while since I’ve seen my fans back home. Can’t wait to see each and every one of them!”
Last month, Head In The Clouds hosted 70,000 people over two days at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in its fourth year in Los Angeles, California. 88rising earlier announced Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival will travel to Indonesia later this year, marking the debut of the festival in both Indonesia and the Philippines.
Head in the Clouds Manila is presented by Globe, with major sponsor GCash.
2-day GA passes are priced at Php 12,888 and 2-day VIP passes are Php 15,888. For more information, please visit mnl.hitcfestival.com.
88rising’s globally recognized Head In The Clouds Music & Arts Festival is set to debut in Manila, The Philippines December 9-10, 2022 at SM Festival Grounds Parañaque City.
With the LA flagship boasting over 60,000 attendees at the iconic Rose Bowl and having been dubbed “Asian Coachella”, 88rising’s Head in the Clouds Music & Arts Festival is the first festival of its kind devoted to celebrating Asian artists from around the world.
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS: Manila December 9 & December 10, 2022 SM Festival Grounds, Paranaque City (MAP) Gates open 3pm
TICKET PRICES 2-Day Passes VIP (Trust Us Sale)- Php12,888 General Admission (Trust Us Sale) – Php9,888
TICKET BENEFITS VIP -One (1) wristband is good for entry to both days of the festival. -Access to the VIP Area by the main stage and second stage featuring designated VIP restrooms, additional shade and seating areas, and exclusive food and beverage vendors. -Early entry. -Dedicated VIP entry lanes. -Exclusive access to VIP dedicated section with select festival merchandise. -Quantities limited while supplies last.
GA -One (1) wristband is good for entry to both days of the festival. -Quantities limited while supplies last.
TICKETING ON-SALE DATE -August 11, 2022 – 10am Manila Time Avaialable via SM Tickets outlets nationwide and online at http://www.smtickets.com
TICKETING PURCHASE GUIDELINES -ALL SECTIONS (VIP & GA) -Ticket price includes two (2) day festival passes. Buyers will be issued two (2) tickets (December 9 & 10) upon purchase and one (1) wristband to be given on the first day of the festival. -One (1) wristband is valid for one (1) ticket buyer. This will be used and worn at all times for 2 days of the festival. -BOTH wristband and festival tickets for day 1 and 2 are required to enter both days of the festival. -All sections are standing only. -The festival is open to minors 13 to 17 years old accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult guardian in the same section. -Attendees with medical conditions and pregnant women will be provided a specific area at the festival. -Re-entry will not be allowed
With the goal of establishing a presence for Filipino artists in the West and globally through music distribution, music rights management, and artist development, PARADISE RISING has more than lived up to expectations since it was launched in July 2020.
PARADISE RISING took the Philippine music industry by storm right with its well-received debut release semilucent, a compilation album that transcended genres and showcased an impressive array of emerging Philippine artists.
Now, PARADISE RISING returns with a new ensemble of artists on its upcoming EP and second installment to its compilation album, semilucent. The latest compilation, semilucent 2, features fresh, new artists both homegrown and diasporic.
semilucent 2 is a 5-track EP that provides genre-blending acoustics, memorable melodies and high-energy 808s. In contrast to the dreamy and airy radiance of the songs from the debut project, semilucent 2 draws inspiration from the darker mood that comes with the ending of summer, and a longing for memories past.
Highlights include exciting new recordings by the Vancouver Canada-based duo MANILA GREY; Philippine-native singer and instrumentalist Steven Peregrina; up-and-coming female R&B artist daze based out of Amsterdam; hip-hop powerhouse from New York CA Christian Alexander; seasoned rapper and songwriter Curtismith; and Filipino-American electronic producer standout Manila Killa with multi-talented global vocal artist Yuna.
For Steven Peregrina, his track “All Night” is “all about good vibes, good times, and partying.” He adds, “I’m super excited and ecstatic to be a part of the semilucent 2 EP. I consider this song to be my “TakeOff” and y’all should be ready for me! So, Asia, here I come.”
For Manila Grey, “Island Baby (Maarte)” brings a new vibe to the compilation project. “In this song, we show love to all the beautiful women in our lives, women who represent the vibrancy and class of our culture, both in our home city Vancouver. Maarte is slang for high maintenance in Filipino, but it actually means artsy. We just wanted to flip that narrative into something fun, while showcasing the art and the grace. All the strong women in our lives have high standards, sometimes you need that energy you know? Like go ahead, it’s all good, feel yourself,” the group noted.
According to daze, his song “Situation” is “about a relationship between two people who are in between love and friendship, or a situationship. Neither really wants to admit how much they like each other, but the tension and passion keeps building until they both can’t deny it any longer. It’s a soulful song with layers and layers of melodies that express desire, connection, and taking a leap of faith,” daze revealed.
CA Christian Alexander said he and Curtismith “are excited to be a part of the semilucent 2 EP because we have an opportunity to represent the Philippines on 88rising’s global platform and inspire the next generation of artists to continue to keep pushing Filipino music culture forward.”
Alexander shared that his collaboration with Curtismith, “Black Hearts” is “a trap RnB song about how cold relationships can be. Welcome to the dark side of Paradise.”
For “Reminisce,” Manila Killa shares that he “started the instrumental track during quarantine when I felt no pressure to create a specific type of music. It was during a time where I felt artistically free – there were no shows coming up and everything was at a standstill so I took the opportunity to try some things out I haven’t before. When I found out Yuna was interested in the track I was so excited to work with her as I’ve been a longtime fan. She totally understood the mood I was going for with the track and turned it from this fun disco demo into something raw, emotional, and reminiscent of better times.”
Yuna, who features on the track, says: “When I heard Manila Killa’s instrumental track, I was at a place in my life where I had to start being creative in a new environment. I was at home with my family, it was so different from what I’m used to. But listening to ‘Reminisce’ just inspired me to write something emotional, about romanticizing the past or a memory that lives in your head forever,” Yuna says.
“After I sent over my vocals, Manila Killa took that song to a whole new level, I was blown away. I’m so lucky I got to work with such a talented musician who understood the mood and the emotions of what I was singing about.”
88rising founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro took note of the “vibrancy in the way talented young artists are emerging, and such a massive audience in love with music.”
“We want to support their voices, help them be heard, and bring music from the Philippines to a global audience,” Miyashiro concluded.
semilucent 2 are now available on Spotify and other major streaming platforms by PARADISE RISING. PARADISE RISING merchandise will also be available starting on the same date.
Bridging modern eastern aesthetics with atmospheric R&B sonics, MANILA GREY is a Canadian Hip-Hop/R&B duo from Vancouver Canada. Formed by Neeko and Soliven, MANILA GREY broke into the scene with their singles “Timezones” and “Silver Skies”. Building their now signature high speed night rider world, the Timezones official music video garnered 6+ million views and 15+ million streams on various platforms respectively. ‘No Saints Loading’ is the duo’s newest mixtape in collaboration with music producer, azel north. Boasting a spectrum of songs from the menacing anthem “Night Code” to the cold, bass driven record “Speed Speak”, MANILA GREY has been recognized as being the leader of new Hip-Hop/R&B wave coming out of Vancouver and the west coast.
Steven Peregrina has proven that he is a true legacy of his own grandfather and OPM Legend, Eddie Peregrina. Though his mazing skills at producing his own original beats and lyrics and creating mash-ups. He has earned over 100K loyal subscribers and listeners in his YouTube channel.
Some of his viral hits, “Ipagpatawad Mo x Kung Akin Ang Mundo” mash-up (with over 9 million views on YouTube), “Wasted” (with Because, and “Chito” (with Matthaios and Calvin de Leon) has hit the top charts of OPM Playlists.
Born in Pampanga, Philippines and raised in Subic Bay, daze is a singer-songwriter who is heavily influenced by the sounds of her youth. This included old school RNB tracks that her cousins would play on the way to school, and 80s rock / love songs from her parents. As a teenager, the music she listened to started to take a new shape as she discovered alternative and indie artists, such as Imogen Heap and Bon Iver. All these influences helped her in shaping her own artistry and sound, one that is nostalgic yet fresh at the same time.
Growing up, she was moved by the power of words and music, and slowly developed a passion for it. Obsessed with novels and stories, she started writing her own poetry at 13 years old. Her love for words and music transported her to the world of song-writing and recording. daze wrote her first song with her college friends in her apartment in Manila, where they would sit and sing on YouTube beats over pizza and beer. After a few years of writing and recording-, she released her first song on Soundcloud, “Waterfall”.
In 2020, daze joins Tarsier Records for her debut release, “1996”, a peek of the narrative of what’s to come for her debut EP in 2021. The multi-single project gravitates towards a theme of her flavor of love songs embodying divine femininity. From the upcoming EP, she released “Lonely” in 2021 debuting as the cover of Fresh Finds Philippines on and in 8 New Music Friday playlists by Spotify across Southeast Asia.
CA Christian Alexander is a rapper, singer, and songwriter from Staten Island, New York City now residing in Manila, Philippines. Growing up in the birthplace of hip-hop, CA first honed his skills as a teenager competing in local freestyle battles and rap cyphers before shifting his focus towards songwriting. Thanks to this background, the lyricist’s versatility introduces a unique combination of hard hitting punchlines and catchy melodies that have equal playback value. This rare blend allows Christian’s catalog to have something sonically that everyone; from golden age hip-hop purists to new wave rap fans, can enjoy.
Prior to being a full-time musician, Christian was a journalist for five years for XXL Magazine and Complex Media before quitting his 9-5 career to pursue his dreams abroad. CA is driven to fulfill his lifelong purpose of helping bridge the gap between Asia and the world by using his knowledge of hip hop culture in both regions, innate ear for producing records across different sub-genres of hip-hop, and passion for promoting Asian; especially Filipino representation in the music industry.
When he is not working on his next record, CA is committed to lending a helping hand to other artists as a songwriter. Since moving to Manila in 2018, Christian Alexander has quietly built a reputation amongst music industry vets as a hidden gem in the Filipino music scene and many are looking forward to what he has in store in 2021 and beyond.
Using the pseudonym Curtismith, the proudly Filipino lyricist, singer and rapper, Mito Fabie has been building a body of work stamped with a storytelling style of smooth beats and clever lyrical flow. He is best known for his debut mixtape Ideal in 2015, and his EPs Failing Forward (released in 2016) and Soully Yours (released in 2017). He was featured on various music festivals and other events, including Wanderland Music and Arts Festival in 2016. He was also featured on Kiana Valenciano’s hit single “Does She Know”. In 2017, he was included in a collaboration project by Coca-Cola called Coke Studio PH with Noel Cabangon. One of his recent accomplishments is rapping for the Philippine Department of Tourism’s video for its tourism campaign entitled, “Abakada” (released February 2020).