BLACKPINK will make history again. Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa will be the first K-pop group to headline one of the biggest music festivals in the US this year, Coachella 2023.
Rumors kept swirling that BLACKPINK would be the first K-pop group to headline the event, and on Tuesday, January 10th, it was finally confirmed. The girls would headline the festival along with Bad Bunny and Frank Ocean.
The global hitmakers join the ranks of Björk, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish as female headliners at the music and arts festival. But not only are they headlining, they’re also the first K-pop group to perform at Coachella in 2019.
Now, after three years, the Shut Down singers return with another series of great performances. Rosalía, Gorillaz, Björk, Charli XCX, Burna Boy, Alex G, Jai Paul and Glorilla are also on the program for this year’s event.
Other acts in the lineup include Boygenius, Christine and the Queens, the Breeders, Noname, Soul Glo, Weyes Blood, Yaeji, Willow, Yung Lean, Yves Tumor and The Comet Is Coming. Also joining are Snail Mail, Saba, Romy (from The xx), Muna, Metro Boomin, Latto, Idris Elba, Kali Uchis, Ethel Cain and EarthGang.
Frank Ocean was originally supposed to headline Coachella 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused the show to be canceled. As such, festival co-founder Paul Tollett excitedly announced that the singer-songwriter would be back on stage, breaking the news well in advance.
For now, it’s the Wild West, he told the Los Angeles Times. I’m just trying to be as fair as possible to the artists and the fans to make sure they end up seeing everyone we talked about.
After the 2020 and 2021 events were canceled, Coachella 2022 marks the return of the music festival. The 2020 cancellation led to a series of layoffs, work stoppages, reduced hours and pay cuts.
The festival was then rescheduled to April 2021 but postponed again due to the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 virus. Though the festival returned in 2022, there was drama when Kanye West canceled his performance, though The Weeknd and Swedish House Mafia replaced him.
Phantom Labs later sued Kim Kardashian’s former husband for $7.1 million for allegedly owing them money to work on his canceled appearance at the event. Coachella 2022 was contested at the time by Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and the Swedish House Mafia.
Meanwhile, Coachella 2023 will be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California over the two weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23.