Blackpink to play at Coachella

SEOUL • Blackpink are set to become the first South Korean girl group to feature in the prestigious Coachella festival in California.

The move shows the organisers' awareness of the big inroads South Korean and Latin acts have made in the American music scene, reported Billboard magazine.

Blackpink are prominently mentioned in publicity materials, with their name just beneath headliner Childish Gambino for the April 12 show that kicks off this year's event over two weekends in Indio.

The quartet, who have worked with British singer Dua Lipa, will also perform on April 19.

The Coachella line-up includes Japanese pop band Perfume and Latin artists J Balvin and Bad Bunny, but has no room for A-list rappers, a surprise omission given that the genre has entrenched itself on the charts. The other two headline acts are Ariana Grande and Tame Impala.

Blackpink will perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Feb 15.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 05, 2019, with the headline 'Blackpink to play at Coachella'. Print Edition | Subscribe