Popular girl group BLACKPINK heated up the stage with a headliner at the Coachella Valley and Arts Festival, the largest music festival in the U.S that they last visited four years ago.
BLACKPINK appeared as the last performer of the day at an event in California on April 15th and received cheers from fans. Coachella has been the largest festival in the United States since 1999 and attracts more than 200,000 audiences every year.
The U.S. Billboard reported an article titled "BLACKPINK makes a new history with a celebratory headliner at Coachella 2023," saying, "BLACKPINK became the first K-pop girl group to decorate the headliner at the Coachella Festival."
"First of all, I was invited to perform for you in the Coachella Sahara tent four years ago, and it left a deep impression on all of our hearts," ROSE said. She thanked the crowd saying, "I can't help but say that my dream came true. The reason why the four of us are here is because of you,"
JENNIE said, "I'm so happy to be back. I can't believe I'm coming from Sahara to Main Stage after 4 years. I love you, Coachella."
Initially, the start time was delayed due to technical problems, but by 9:24, BLINK's light-up bracelets began to glow pink. At 9:28, a word 'BLACKPINK' rang out through the speaker. And by 9:30, the stage got dark. Finally, BLACKPINK's fiery performance had begun.
BLACKPINK opened the show with their second pre-released song 'Pink Venom', followed by a series of hit songs such as 'Kill This Love', 'How You Like That', and 'Pretty Savage'. BLINK enjoyed the performance, chanting all night long.
The four members and the four-color individual performances also stood out. JENNIE showed off her sensuality with her unreleased solo song 'You & Me'. JISOO passionately performed the title song 'FLOWER' off her recently released solo single album 'ME', ROSE performed 'Gone' and 'On The Ground', and LISA performed 'MONEY' following her pole dance. "JENNIE, JISOO, ROSE, and LISA focused on what BLINK can do best as BLINK through this historic and monumental stage," Billboard said. They added, "Each member's moment shines so that their individuality can be revealed on one of the biggest stages in the music history."
Meanwhile, BLACKPINK is conducting the largest world tour in the history of K-pop girl groups with a total of more than 1.5 million audience members.
BLACKPINK has confirmed additional encore performaces at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on August 12, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on August 18, Oracle Park in San Francisco on August 22, and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on August 26. As a result, BLACKPINK will meet fans 18 times in 10 cities in North America.
It was cool to see BLACKPINK wearing hanbok and singing Korean songs overseas enhancing our national prestige.
L.L.F reporter Ye-jin Seok