When beabadoobee takes to the stage for her Coachella performance, she will achieve both a major milestone for her career and for Filipinos in the global music scene.
After a two year delay due to the pandemic, the Coachella music festival is finally back on, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Arguably one of the most famous music festivals in the world, Coachella has always been the place for superstars to solidify their status and up-and-coming acts to get their name out there. Coachella 2022 promises to be no different.
Harry Styles is set to headline the show on April 15 and 22 and some are even speculating that he might drop new music between now and his Coachella set. Billie Eilish already made history as the youngest artist to perform at Coachella in 2019 and she’ll make history again as the youngest act to headline the festival when she takes the stage on April 16 and 23. And Kanye West (or should we say Ye), is bound to surprise when he headlines on April 17 and 24.
But aside from who’s headlining Coachella 2022, this year’s festival is also exciting because it will feature a history making performance from rising Filipina musician, beabadoobee.
Not only has beabadoobee been included in a premier roster of artists that includes Ye, Doja Cat, Joji, Karol G, Maneskin, and Kim Petras, but she will also be making history as the youngest Filipina to perform at Coachella at just 21 years old. She also joins an extremely short list of Filipinos who have graced the iconic festival.
Fellow Dirty Hit labelmate No Rome performed his hit song Narcissist with The 1975 in 2019. Also in the same year, H.E.R. delivered a wonderful set. And DJ Manilla Killa brought down the house in 2016 when he performed there as part of a duo called Hotel Garuda. Beabadoobee won’t be the only Filipino to perform as rising musician and Manila born Eyedress will also be playing at the festival. It’s no secret that for many musicians, Coachella is one of those career-defining milestones.
A CAREER MOMENT
Beabadoobee will be among the many names and artists set to take the stage in Indio, California. She is set to perform on the Sundays, April 17 and 24. Getting to perform at Coachella is an achievement for any artist, especially for someone like beabadoobee who has seen a relatively fast rise in her career. Born Beatrice Laus, the 21 year old was born in Iloilo City before moving to London at three years old.
She released her first single, Coffee, in 2017 to positive reviews which actually helped her get signed to Dirty Hit Records. But her claim to fame came in 2020 when Canadian rapper Powfu sampled Coffee in his song, Death Bed (Coffee for Your Head). The single became a smash hit, especially on TikTok, eventually raking in over 1.1 billion streams on Spotify alone. Since then, Bea has dropped her critically acclaimed debut album, Fake It Flowers, in October 2020 with her latest release being the EP Our Extended Play in June 2021.
Tickets for Coachella 2022 are either already sold out or extremely hard to come by. So, if you are going, give beabadoobee’s performance a watch. You’ll see why they call her an artist to watch out for. Hopefully, more Filipinos will get a chance to perform at Coachella (we’re looking at you Olivia Rodrigo) and even OPM acts whose talents are more than worthy of the famed festival.