After the Indonesian government changed their mind, BLACKPINK will be the first K-pop singer to enter the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium for their own concert.
According to Daily Sports, BLACKPINK will perform at Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia for two days on March 11-12 next year. BLACKPINK is the first K-pop artist to hold a solo concert at this stadium.
The Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium that can accommodate about 80,000 spectators. In the past, famous pop stars such as One Direction, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Metallica, and Linkin Park have performed at this stadium. Among K-pop stars, Super Junior performed at the closing ceremony of the ‘18th Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games’, and an SM Town Concert was held here in 2012.
Initially, the stadium was scheduled to take a break ahead of the hosting of the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which opens in May 2023. Last month, when BLACKPINK’s concert venue was discussed, Indonesia’s Minister of Sports and Youth said that it would be difficult to hold a concert at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium because the stadium needed refurbishment.
Although the reason why the Indonesian government changed their mind and gave the permission to hold the event was not revealed exactly, it can be assumed that it reflected the high local interest in BLACKPINK. Indonesia is a country where not only K-pop, but also the consumption power and fandom of Hallyu contents are strong.
Meanwhile, BLACKPINK is going on the largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group, ‘BORN PINK’, touring the US and Europe, after starting with a concert in Seoul on October 15th.