Orbits, get ready, bcuz LOONA is joining an 88Rising digital concert that’s all about pure Asian talent and excellence.

During the self-isolation period, artists have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Understandably, as we all practise social distancing and limit unnecessary social gatherings, live music gigs and festivals have all been postponed indefinitely as artists turn to online alternatives. 

So, right now, 88Rising are hosting an online concert featuring some of the biggest Asian names in pop and rap right now. Featuring the likes of Rich Brian, Beabadoobee and LOONA, it looks like the bomb dot com.

Here’s everything you need to know about perhaps the best digital concert, Asia Rising Forever.

What Is Asia Rising Forever?

Asia Rising Forever is a four-hour-long digital concert extravaganza created by Asian-led talent collective and music label 88Rising. It features Asian artists from around the world, answering questions from fans and performing short sets of their best jamworthy tunes.

From Jakarta, Indonesia to Saigon, Vietnam to Seoul, Korea to London, England, it really is the best of the best of asian talent and excellence. The music featured in the show spans various languages and cultures, helping us all stay connected and experience some of our fave artists from our bedrooms.

FYI, 88Rising is a mass media company that prioritises and promotes Asian talent in rap and pop music, known for managing Joji, Rich Brian and NIKI, and collaborating with Syrup faves Yaeji and Rina Sawayama.

Their digital festival aims to bring the world together in much the same way as Lady Gaga’s One World Together At Home. In an effort to fight back at the xenophobia towards asian people during the Covid-19 pandemic, all donations from the stream will go towards the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), an organisation that advocates for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, and aims to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all. 

Who Is At Asia Rising Forever?

The setlist for Asia Rising Forever is crazyyy. 

First, we have indie bedroom pop singer-songwriters Beabadoobee, Luna Li and Phum Viphurit (a personal fave of mine).

Then, Indonesia’s rap king Rich Brian, R&B princess NIKI and R&B queen Yuna.

And, ofc, Korea’s indie pop singers Lim Kim (“Awoo” is such a throwback tbh) and Hyukoh, K-Pop rising star and rapper Kang Daniel, and the K-Pop girl group that’s taken over the world, LOONA. 

Srsly, it’s such a good slaptastic lineup and that is only half of it. 

How Do I Watch Asia Rising Forever?

The show opens with my boy Phum Viphurit and ends with my other girls LOONA.

As of writing, it’s just started streaming Viphurit’s set, starting on 7th May from 11am AEST. You can watch it via the YouTube link below.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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