It was only a matter of time after Coachella announced Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye or Kanye West, and Swedish House Mafia as headliners for its 2022 music festival until we got the whole lineup. And it was well worth the wait. Coachella 2022 will feature Pink Sweat$, Epik High, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Rich Brian, Doja Cat, Joji, Fatboy Slim, Alec Benjamin, and more. For some K-pop lovers, however, this lineup brings both good and bad news.
Prior to the epidemic, Epik High and BIGBANG were announced as part of the Coachella 2020 roster. Epik High is a K-hip hop indie group that may also be classified as a K-pop group due to their success in the K-pop business. They were the first Korean act to perform at the massive American music festival in 2016, and their visit in 2022 has now been confirmed, making them the first K-pop act to perform twice at Coachella.
Blackpink, the second Korean artist and first K-pop girl group to perform at Coachella 2019, were Epik High and BIGBANG’s labelmates. With YG Entertainment collaborating with the festival’s organisers, it appears that they utilised their clout to have BIGBANG rejoin with fanfare. In 2016, the legendary boy band took a break to finish their military service. They were supposed to reunite in 2020 at Coachella after completing their required military service.
Because Coachella 2020 has been postponed, BIGBANG will not be part of the new lineup for 2022. Fans who were hoping for a reunion were left disappointed. There is, however, still hope for a revival. After member Taeyang gave birth to his first kid in December 2021, an insider told Korean media outlets that BIGBANG had reunited and were working on their second album after a five-year hiatus.
Fans Thrilled For EPIK HIGH
However, Epik High, who is also signed to YG and will perform at Coachella 2022 following their 2016 appearance, has piqued the interest of K-pop fans. If Coachella 2020’s lineup is included, they are the first K-pop act to be invited three times. They will perform on the first day of both weeks, April 15 and 22, respectively. Coachella has also announced that weekend 1 pre-sale tickets are now sold out, and weekend 2 pre-sale tickets will go on sale on January 14 at 10 a.m. PT on their website. Empire Polo Club in Indio, California will host the event.
Epik High fans were excited as they made tweets like, “Congrats!!! deserve!! can’t wait to see what y’all have prepared!!” and “Our boys EPIK HIGH invited back to @coachella ! 🥳 Congrats!” However, BIGBANG fans handled the disappointing news with hilarious memes like, “Maybe bigbang isn’t going to coachella in april because they’re making a comeba—” and “I will just keep waiting for BIGBANG like i always do.”