J-Hope is the first South Korean artist to headline a major US music festival
MANILA, Philippines — J-Hope of K-pop boy group BTS made history as the first South Korean artist to headline America’s major music festival Lollapalooza on Sunday, July 31.
J-Hope played the last night of Lollapalooza 2022 at the Bud Light Seltzer Stage from 8:50 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., singing a total of 21 songs, including hits from his recently released solo album jack in the box. Some of the songs he performed include “Arson”, “Daydream”, “Future”, “Hope World” and the tropical remix of BTS’ hit song “Dynamite”. The artist created brand new choreography for the song, which drove the ARMY crowd crazy.
At the end of her set, J-Hope brought in Latin pop star Becky G to serve up a live performance of “Chicken Noodle Soup.”
After her lead and crowd performances, “Hobipalooza” is quickly trending on Twitter. J-Hope also shared a message with the attendees, “Today is a meaningful moment for me. It’s just part of the process of an album that started with greed and ambition to reach a grand finale. Thanks to this album, all my scheduled activities have benefited me and I have regained certainty by participating in Lollapalooza and see everyone. Thanks to everyone who came. It’s an honor. It’s a bit embarrassing, but I would like to say that I’m proud of myself for overcoming this moment,” the headliner said in Korean, translated as Soompi.
BTS member Jimin attended the festival to support J-Hope. “I really watched as a fan today,” Jimin said in a VLive livestream with J-Hope after the latter finished his performance. “Jimin’s help played a big role. While preparing for Lollapalooza, I was in a dark world, but [Jimin] became my light,” J-Hope said in turn.
In an interview with rolling stone ahead of his performance, J-Hope also revealed how “lonely” the experience was as he missed his band members. “[It’s] very challenging, but also very fun. So actually, I think it’s very positive to take on new challenges, [which] are really going to help me as a person. So I appreciate the whole process. Every moment is very fun and very new and it makes me feel like I’m going back to the good old days,” he shared.
According to him, it was a huge challenge as a solo artist and it made him recognize the importance of momentum. “Actually, I had to prepare very hard because it’s a very meaningful moment and an important part of my artistic talent. After this performance, maybe I’ll feel a lot. I’m sure it’ll m help as an artist to take the next step,” he said.
Lollapalooza is an annual four-day music festival held in Grant Park, Chicago, July 28-31. J-Hope’s performance at the festival was his live debut. Other headliners included Metallica, Dua Lipa, J. Cole, Green Day, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby and Kygo.
J-Hope made his solo debut in 2018 with the seven-track mixtape world of hope. He has since released the single “Chicken Noodle Soup” featuring American rapper Becky G. – with reporting by Elle Guison/Rappler.com
Elle Guison is a Rappler trainee.