Blackpink, the global phenomenon and the most-followed act on YouTube made history by becoming the first-ever Korean band to headline a major UK music festival. The K-pop girl group performed at London’s BST Hyde Park on July 2, 2023, to a sold-out crowd of 65,000 fans who cheered and sang along to every song.
The Show: The band, composed of Lisa, Rosé, Jennie, and Jisoo, delivered a spectacular show that combined their catchy and confident pop songs with stunning choreography and visuals. They opened with their hit “Kill This Love”, which set the tone for the rest of the show – fierce, fun, and fabulous.
They also performed songs like “How You Like That”, “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”, “As If It’s Your Last” and “Boombayah”, as well as solo stages for each member. The crowd was mesmerized by their charisma, talent, and energy and showed their support by waving light sticks and banners.
BLACKPINK etched their name in history as the pioneering Korean band to headline a prominent music festival in the UK:-
BLACKPINK made history by becoming the first ever Korean band to headline a major UK music festival — pulling a sold out crowd of 65,000 at BST Hyde Park, BBC reports. pic.twitter.com/RKwQGprqow
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The Fans: The fans, or Blinks as they are known, were a sight to behold. They wore black and pink outfits, the band’s signature colors, and danced along to every move.
Some had camped overnight to secure a spot at the front of the stage, while others had flown in from countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, and France. Their love and admiration united them for the group, which they said was inspiring, empowering, and talented.
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The Impact: Blackpink’s appearance at BST Hyde Park was a milestone for them and K-pop. They proved that K-pop is not a niche genre but a global phenomenon that can attract and entertain massive audiences.
They also showed that female artists can be influential and thrive in a male-dominated industry. Blackpink is not just one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world – they are one of the world’s biggest bands full stop.