When did blackpink perform at coachella? a look back at their history

They are the first K-pop girl group khổng lồ ever play a U.S. festival & might have sầu just presented a new vision for the industry’s future. Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella
I run inkhổng lồ singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers backstage và tell her I’m on my way to see one of the biggest names in K-pop: Blackpink. Her eyes widen beneath her sunglasses. If there’s one thing Maggie Rogers, lượt thích millions upon millions of others across the globe, would lượt thích to lớn get a chance lớn see today, it’s the fourpiece K-pop girl group whose increasing success và star power has now reached critical mass. And, on Friday afternoon, Blackpink fever officially hit Coachella.

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Blackpink’s crowd at the Sahara tent spills way out into lớn the field. It’s a spectacle, it’s an sự kiện, it’s a trial, it’s an exhibition. “My 17-year-old niece wants me to lớn sover her a video,” a fan who traveled from Brazil khổng lồ be here tells me. “I don’t know why I’m here,” another crowdthành viên offers when asked what drew them in, all the same intrigued enough to stay. They have arrived to lớn Beatlemania shrieks from girls and boys alike. (For the uninitiated, Blackpink fans are called Blinks & with every blink of an eyelid a new Blink is created here in Indio). For Blinks và for Coachella organizers this is a historic moment. It’s the first time a K-pop girl group has ever played a U.S. festival. They sing in English, they sing in Korean, it doesn’t matter which. As they reel out their songs via a full live sầu band & a mountain of dancers, mouths of fans open và the melodies fall out, keeping to lớn lyrics as closely as possible. It’s a heartening reminder of the universality of a hard-ass pop banger.

The production is as show-stopping as a live American Idol TV performance. The Korean fab four explode out against đoạn Clip screens of their individual profiles, their names emblazoned across the stage like a gladiatorial battle is about lớn take place: JISOO! LISA! ROSÉ! JENNIE! A 21-year-old woman from Seattle tells me she’s here khổng lồ watch four fierce women who haven’t been hypersexualized by the industry, but who own their own womanhood. “We’re here for the nhảy,” say two gay men, who think this is a bold move sầu for Coachella, that it chimes with the festival’s reach lớn be more international & more commercially pop. The nhảy they shall receive. Blackpink’s choreography is non-stop synchronized, locked and loaded for an hour. Outfitted in short dresses, choker necklaces, & jewels, the foursome have routines for days. (Think the fierce pow! of the Pussymèo Dolls combined with the self-aware autonomy of Little Mix.) “We are all so hyped!” Rosé says.

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Hype is why we’re here. Blackpink’s Kill This Love EP just dropped. Instantly, the Clip for its title traông xã cranked up 56.7 million views on YouTube in 24 hours, surpassing Ariamãng cầu Grande’s own ‘Thank U, Next’ record. (Less than a week later, Blackpink’s male counterparts & the group to really put K-pop on the global maps, BTS, have steamrolled that record.) This is our first chance to see them in the flesh. And what a debut. They have sầu everything from big trop-house numbers lớn ripping guitar solos khổng lồ Lisa’s rapping. “We just love sầu that song that goes ddu-du ddu-du,” say two best friends. They leave sầu after they get that fill, happily converted. Many leave sầu and are immediately replaced by new arrivals who’ve sầu come for their own chance to assess the Blackpink phenomenon. It’s just as well every single song they play is a carnival of never-ending hooks & stimuli; it doesn’t matter when you get here. Something new happens every other second in a Blackpink hit. Is it on a par with ABBA? Who’s to say it isn’t? As you look around at the fans on shoulders fist-bumping the air, you see a future vision for music festivals và the kind of genre-bending fans crave.

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If this year’s diverse lineup says anything about Coachella, it’s that this festival is the mạng internet transposed to lớn a physical space. It makes all the sense that the biggest female girl group in the world – not just in K-pop – are here. “I can’t believe how many people came out tonight! Is this real? This has khổng lồ be computer graphics,” says Rosé. They admit they didn’t sleep last night. OK, maybe they got three hours. They initiate a Mexican wave in the crowd. The language barrier makes the first attempt difficult, but soon everyone realizes that they’re familiar with a globally renowned crowd exercise. The second Mexican wave Blackpink comm& is a glorious success. A sea of arms rising và falling from left khổng lồ right, an energy moving from one side lớn the other. It’s amazing how far sights và sounds travel. We take it for granted when we live sầu online. “They have incredible production và I’m tired of lazy performers,” says one guy from L.A. about his appreciation for Coachella’s newest heroes. “Like – give sầu a fuck!” Blackpink certainly gave sầu many of those.


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