J-Hope becomes first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza

Artist J-Hope, who is also a member of the K-pop band BTS, has become the first South Korean performer to headline at Lollapalooza.

The festival, which took place in Chicago’s Grant Park, was closed out last night (Sunday) by J-Hope on the Bud Light Seltzer stage. Adjacent stages also hosted performances from band Green Day and duo Polo & Pan.

Other headline acts included J. Cole, Kygo, Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby and Metallica.

J-Hope performed 18 songs across a 70-minute set including new tracks from his just-released debut album ‘Jack In The Box’. He also performed some BTS songs and welcomed on stage artist Becky G for his 2019 standalone single ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’.

The festival was live-streamed on the Hulu platform and also welcomed the debut of Tomorrow X Together, another boy band from South Korea under the same label as BTS.

Organisers of Lollapalooza announced there would be an Indian edition in January in Mumbai, showcasing its move into the Asia market.

The introduction of Lollapalooza India means that the festival brand has now grown to eight countries on four different continents, including the US, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, France and Sweden.

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