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K-Pop at Coachella Throughout the Years

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Le Sserafim steals the show at Coachella 2024, leaving the crowd awestruck and curious for more.

Going to Coachella is like a dream come true for music fans. It’s where you can see all your favorite artists and discover new ones that you might have never heard before. For musicians, performing at Coachella is like winning the biggest award. It’s a sign that they’ve made it to the top of the music world. Not to mention, for K-pop artists, Coachella is such a big achievement because it means they’re gaining popularity outside of Korea and reaching a whole new audience.

2024 – ATEEZ, LE SSERAFIM, and The Rose

For the first time in K-Pop history, a K-Pop boy group performed at Coachella. Consisting of 8 members, Seonghwa, Hongjoong, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung, and Jongho, Ateez performed at Coachella on the 12th of April with amazing live vocals and stage presence. Their hard work and dedication were shown through 10 songs, “Say My Name,” “Hala Hala (Hearts Awakened, Live Alive),” “Guerrilla,” “Crazy Form,” “ROCKY,” “The Real,” “ARRIBA,” “DJANGO,” “BOUNCY (K-HOT CHILLI PEPPERS),” and “Wonderland.” Megan Joshua (9) “Honestly, as a long-time fan of Ateez, when I read that they were going to perform at Coachella, I almost didn’t believe my own eyes. During that time, I was desperately awaiting their performance every day and I hoped that it would come sooner! Watching the actual performance just left me awestruck, everything about it was simply perfection.”

Honestly, as a long-time fan of Ateez, when I read that they were going to perform at Coachella, I almost didn’t believe my own eyes. During that time, I was desperately awaiting their performance every day and I hoped that it would come sooner!

— Megan Joshua (9)

Following Ateez’s performance was Le Sserafim’s. The crowd has been awaiting the 5-membered K-Pop girl group’s debut at Coachella for weeks. Sakura, Chaewon, Yunjin, Kazuha, and Eunchae performed on the 13th and 20th of April with their iconic songs: “Good Bones,” “ANTIFRAGILE,” “FEARLESS,” “The Great Mermaid,” “UNFORGIVEN,” “Eve, Psyche & the Bluebeard’s wife (English Ver.)” “Perfect Night,” “Smart,” “EASY,” alongside an unreleased song titled “1-800-hot-n-fun.” They also had an encore stage with “Fire in the belly.”

The weekend ended with The Rose, a K-pop band with 4 members, Hajoon, Woosung, Dojoon, and Jaehyung. On April 13th, they left the crowd absolutely awestruck with their amazing live vocals. They captivated the audience through multiple songs such as “Eclipse,” “Shift,” “Lifeline,” “RED,” “Back to Me,” “Definition of ugly is,” “Alive,” “Cure,” “Sour,” “Cosmo,” and “Wonder.”

2023 – BLACKPINK, Jackson Wang, BIBI, DPR LIVE, and DPR IAN

2023 was definitely a year for K-Pop fans after all BLACKPINK recreated another historical event with their second performance at Coachella. The girls, Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa performed for a two-hour set on the 15th of April and the 21st of April. For Act I, BLACKPINK performed as a group with the songs “Pink Venom,” “Kill This Love,” “How You Like That,” “Pretty Savage,” “Kick It,” and “Whistle.” Act II was filled with solo performances of Jennie’s “You & Me,” Jisoo’s “Flower,” Rosé’s “Gone/On The Ground,” and Lisa’s “MONEY.” In their final act, the group hyped up the crowd with “BOOMBAYAH,” “Lovesick Girls,” “Playing With Fire,” “Typa Girl,” “Shut Down,” “Tally,” “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” and “Forever Young.”

3rd Generation K-Pop boy band GOT7’s Jackson Wang collaborated with soloist BIBI on the 15th of April to perform their new, all-English track titled “Feeling Lucky.” Following this performance, Jackson Wang performed solo with “100 Ways,” “Blow,” “Champagne Cool,” “Greedy,” “Dopamine,” “Long Gone,” “Her Type of Party,” “Cheetah,” “Come Alive,” and “Cruel.”

South Korean Rapper, Hong Da-bin, better known by his stage name DPR Live had his Coachella performance on the 16th of April. His performance brought so much hype and energy to the crowd and his overall stage presence was insane with the songs “LEGACY,” “Set It Off,” “OUT OF CONTROL,” “NEON,” “Laputa,” and “Martini Blue.”

After DPR Live’s solo performance, DPR Ian joined the stage and the two sang “No Blueberries,” “Boom,” “So Beautiful,” “Mood,” “Calico,” “Nerves,” and “Ballroom Extravaganza.”

2022 – 2NE1, Epik High, BIBI, Jackson Wang, and Aespa

Coachella 2022 could be considered one of the best years in K-Pop history, after all previously disbanded group, 2NE1, officially reunited to perform at Coachella. 2nd Generation K-Pop girl group, 2NE1, consisting of the members, Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy, had their performance on April 16 with the iconic song, “I Am the Best.”

Prior to 2NE1, on the 15th of April, K-Pop Hip-hop trio, Epik High, took the stage for Coachella a second time. Composed of the members, Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz, the trio performed multiple songs such as “Here,” “Prequel,” “Fly,” “Face ID,” “Rosario,” “BURJ KHALIFA,” “NO THANXXX,” “BORN HATER,” “High Technology,” “One, New Beautiful,” and “Don’t Hate Me.”

Jackson Wang also has his first Coachella debut in 2022 on the 16th of April, with the songs “100 Ways,” “Cruel,” “Blow,” and “California.”

One of the most well-known K-Pop performances at Coachella has to be from Aespa. Despite being rookies in the K-Pop industry, the girls, Karina, Giselle, Winter, and Ningning, had an awestruck performance on April 16th. Their amazing vocals and dance were shown throughout the songs “Aenergy,” “Black Mamba,”  “Savage,” “Life’s Too Short,” and “Next Level.”

2019 – BLACKPINK, HYUKOH, Jambinai

For the first time in K-pop history, a K-Pop girl group performed at Coachella. BLACKPINK not only became the first K-Pop girl group to take the stage at Coachella, but they also became the first ever group to headline. The 12th and 19th of April was the girls’ debut into the well-known music festival with an intro of “DDU-DU DDU-DU” and “Forever Young”. Their interlude performances were “Stay” (Remix version),” “Whistle,” “Kiss and Make Up (Dua Lipa & BLACKPINK cover),” “SOLO,” “Kill This Love,” “Don’t Know What to Do,” “Kick It,” “See U Later,” “Playing With Fire,” “BOOMBAYAH,” and “As If It’s Your Last.”

Additionally, an indie band, HYUKOH also performed the same year. On April 14 and 21, Oh Hyuk, Im Dong-geon, Lim Hyun-Jae, and Lee In-woo had a heartfelt performance through songs like “Goodbye Seoul,” “Gang Gang Schiele,” and  “LOVE YA!” Rock band, Jambinai also performed on the 13th and 20th of April.

2016 – Epik High, Tablo, Mithra Jin

In  2016, the first major K-Pop act at Coachella. Epik High, a Korean hip-hop group left the crowd curious for more. Additionally, one of the members, Tablo had a solo performance. Korean hip-hop artist, Mithra Jin also performed the same year.

2011 – EE

2011 was the first ever K-Pop act at Coachella with EE, an experimental artist music duo. Yun-Jung and Hyun-joon performed a variety of different genres and switches in their music at Coachella, after all, they said themselves, “We try to reflect our surroundings and present situations in creative ways. We make music, art, fashion, images, and other things. We do whatever we want.”

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