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Blackpink becomes first K-pop act to headline Coachella

K-pop girl group Blackpink will headline the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (YG Entertainment)
K-pop girl group Blackpink will headline the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. (YG Entertainment)

Blackpink will be the first K-pop act to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year.

The Korean quartet will take the stage on April 15 and 22 as headliners for the festival that takes place at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California, according to the festival’s promoter Goldenvoice on Tuesday.

Others leading at Coachella include Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican singer who will be the first Latino artist to headline the show, and the renowned alternative R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean.

Coachella, the largest music festival in North America that began in 1999, is held for two weeks and hosts around 300,000 attendees every year. The festival has sought to lean toward a more diversified lineup in recent years.

In 2019, Blackpink was the first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella.

The first Korean musician to take part in the celebrated music festival was the duo EE in 2011, followed by hip-hop group Epik High in 2016. Indie band Hyukoh and rock band Jambinai were invited to Coachella in 2019 along with Blackpink.

In 2020, K-pop legends Bigbang was set to play at the festival but the project foundered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, the second-generation K-pop girl group 2NE1 performed at Coachella as a full unit for the first time in six years. Fourth-generation K-pop girl group aespa also took the stage that same year.

For Blackpink, its 2019 Coachella debut helped the group garner popularity in the US. Shortly after, the girls peaked at No. 2 on the Billboards 200 chart and topped the same chart last September with its second full-length album “Born Pink.”

Blackpink will also be the first K-pop artists to headline the British Summer Time festival held at Hyde Park in London on July 2.



By Hong Yoo (yoohong@heraldcorp.com)
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