BLACKPINK creates a history of confirming headlines for the U.K. & U.S.’s biggest music festival, Coachella 2023, as the first Korean pop group.
The 22nd Coachella music festival in April will feature performances by Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank Ocean, organizers said on Tuesday.
The renowned American music festival unveiled its star-studded roster for 2023 on January 10 local time, with Bad Bunny, Frank Ocean, and BLACKPINK serving as headliners.
Although BLACKPINK performed at Coachella in 2019, this year will be their first time doing so as the festival’s headlining act, making them the first K-pop group to do so.
The complete schedule for Coachella 2023 is listed here.
While K-pop trio Blackpink will be the first Korean act and the first all-female group to play as the opening act, Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny also make history by becoming the first Latino performer and the first Spanish-language artist to do so. The group performed at the festival for the first time as an all-female Korean group in 2019.
After numerous cancellations, Frank Ocean will again be Coachella’s headlining act. The 35-year-old American singer had been scheduled to perform as the festival’s headlining act in 2020, but Covid repeatedly postponed the event before moving it to 2023.
After the Astroworld concert tragedy in November 2021, in which overcrowding at the Houston festival of the rapper slain ten people, Travis Scott, who was set to be Ocean’s co-headliner for 2020, was dropped from the roster for the festival’s rescheduled April 2022 date.
Ye, the rapper well-known as Kanye West, took his place. Ye withdrew from the festival a week before it because of weeks of unpredictable conduct and public unrest, including harassing his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
The Weeknd and the electronic group Swedish House Mafia replaced Ye. They shared the festival’s 2022 headlining slot with Billie Eilish, the festival’s youngest headliner to date, and Harry Styles.
Björk, Gorillaz, Kali Uchis, Rosala, and DJ Calvin Harris, who is “returning to the desert,” are the other headliners for 2023.
The Coachella Music and Arts Festival will be held at California’s Empire Polo Ground in Indio during the weekends of April 14–16 and April 21–23.
Coachella 2023 Lineup
- Frank Ocean
- Metro Boomin
- Rae Sremmurd
- Burna Boy
- 070 Shake, and more!