Coachella 2022: aespa Make Their US Live Debut

The K-pop group appeared on the festival main stage for their first American concert

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aespa at Coachella, photo courtesy of S.M. Entertainment

    Rising K-pop group aespa played their first US live show on Saturday night, and the setting, of all places, was the main stage at Coachella.

    The group’s five-song set began with the live debut of “ænergy,” followed by “Black Mamba,” “Savage”, and an English language version of a new, unreleased song called “Life’s Too Short.” Then then closed their set by performing “Next Level.” Replay the full performance below.

    Despite forming in the midst of a pandemic, aespa, one of our 2022 Rising Artists to Watch, have enjoyed some pretty mind-blowing success. The four-piece released their first EP, Savage, in September, and its title track entered at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 — the highest K-pop girl group debut on the U.S. charts. Now, the quartet has become the third K-pop act in history to perform at Coachella, following Blackpink’s groundbreaking 2019 appearance and 2NE1’s surprise reunion last weekend.

    ænergy (Live Debut)
    Black Mamba
    Life’s Too Short (Live debut)
    Next Level