BLACKPINK closed out the second night of Coachella 2023’s first weekend, making history as the first Korean group to headline the festival. It follows their debut appearance in 2019, when they were the first female K-pop act to perform at the festival altogether.
Prior to BLACKPINK arriving onstage, their set opened with a lengthy light show with drones in the sky. The group then opened their set with ‘Born Pink’ single ‘Pink Venom’ and 2019’s ‘Kill This Love’. The first portion of their set also included ‘How You Like That’, ‘Pretty Savage’, ‘Kick It’ and ‘Whistle’.
โอ้โหหหหหหหห PINK VENOM เหนือความคาดหมายมากกกกกกกก ซาวด์ดนตรีสดของ YG คือที่สุดแล้ว ละคือตัดมาท่อนเปิดก็ remix ทีละท่อนตั้งแต่เจนนี่เลยอ่ะ คือชอบมากโครตเทส เนี่ยอะไรแบบนี้มันคุ้มค่ากับการรอคอยมากๆอ่ะ 😭😭😭😭😭#BLACKPINKatCoachella pic.twitter.com/q3L9Vt1pZ2
— saew ( รับกดบัตรคอน ) (@gkxxi) April 16, 2023
KILL THIS LOVE EN #COACHELLA2023
— The Killer Blinks (@Thekillerblinks) April 16, 2023
— 리 (@SQsRzURb1D71782) April 16, 2023
All four members then performed solo songs. Jennie performed an updated version of ‘You & Me’, an unreleased track she has been performing as part of BLACKPINK shows since late 2022. Jisoo performed debut solo single ‘Flower’, which was released last month and has only been performed live a handful of other times.
JENNIE’S YOU&ME NEW RAP PART OMFG
JENNIE COACHELLA HEADLINER#JENCHELLA2023
— ‘ (@jnkoopsies) April 16, 2023
JISOO FLOWER pic.twitter.com/DacPXpiNoT
— 🖤✨ (@jenniesrenes) April 16, 2023
Rosé looked like a full-fledged solo pop star at Coachella. I loved that she sang live with a hand mic and took advantage of the wide stage instead of staying in one place. She showed off her vocals with Gone and her dance with On the Ground. #ROSÉCHELLA pic.twitter.com/fWs3arZWH4
— ROSÉCHELLA IS HERE (@cherubse_) April 16, 2023
“drop your FUCKING MONEY” “MOTHERFUCKING MONEY” and making the entire state of california silent, A TRUE MOTHER pic.twitter.com/jDBQlY37eA
— dee 🎡🏜️ (@tsxpink) April 16, 2023
For the third and final segment of the set, BLACKPINK performed the likes of ‘BOOMBAYAH’, ‘Lovesick Girls’, ‘Playing with Fire’, ‘Typa Girl’, ‘Shut Down’, ‘Tally’ and ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’. They closed out their set by performing ‘Forever Young’.
Lovesick Girls สนุกมากกก!!
— BlackpinkWines (@BlackpinkWines) April 16, 2023
blackpink – typa girl (coachella) pic.twitter.com/c3MtPhgDjh
— 💌 (@bIinkinyourarea) April 16, 2023
shut down – blackpink
live performance coachella
jenlisa rap pic.twitter.com/hUZzF5j7QW
— daniel’s archive (@badideasoty) April 16, 2023
BLACKPINK PERFORMING "TALLY"
— Jennie Styles (@nini_lirosoos) April 16, 2023
While their headline set was taking place, it was announced on social media that BLACKPINK will return to North America later this year for four encore performances. Those will take place in New Jersey, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles in August.
Earlier this month, BLACKPINK discussed their return to Coachella as headliners, following their debut at the festival in 2019. “We’re so excited and honoured to be able to return to Coachella as headliners,” Jennie told Billboard. “We had the best time in 2019 and can’t wait to experience the energy of the audience again. There are some nerves, but more than anything, we’re just ready to have fun.”
Meanwhile, Rosé said that it felt “absolutely unreal” to return as headliners. “I think performing for Coachella in 2019 was a moment that really woke us up as BLACKPINK – to be motivated, to dream on and dream big,” she said. “But we never expected anything as big as being the headliner of a festival we’ve all grown up admiring and hoping someday we could find ourselves in the crowd of.”
Bad Bunny headlined the previous night of Coachella (Friday, April 14), while Frank Ocean will close out the festival’s first weekend tomorrow night (Sunday, April 16). The festival will return for its second weekend across April 21-23. See the full line-up for Coachella 2023 here, with info on how stream every set live here.
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