K-pop superstars BLACKPINK will make a Canadian stopover on their fall tour in Hamilton

South Korean K-pop and hip-hop girl group BLACKPINK will perform at the First Ontario Center on November 6-7.

Following the release of their second album, Born Pink, the band added Hamilton as their only Canadian stop on the North American leg of the tour.

Members of BLACKPINK’s fanbase, referred to as BLINK, like Erin Roman are excited to see them for their return to Hamilton.

“I can’t wait to see them in concert again, I’m also thrilled to be part of the energy the fans bring to the concert,” she said.

This four-girl group of Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa will perform at the 19,000-seat venue as part of a 14-city, 19-performance tour.

“There’s something very unique about K-pop fans and their energy during concerts,” Roman says.

The group was last in Hamilton in 2019.

The video below, uploaded to BlackPinkOfficial Instagram, is from this performance.

“I’ve been a fan since their debut in 2016 with Whistle and BOOMBAYAH,” Roman said.

Since their debut album, Square One, released in 2016, the band has grown in popularity with some publications like Bloomberg News calling them “the biggest pop band in the world”.

The group’s YouTube channel has over 80 million subscribers and their latest music video, Pink Venom, launched on August 19, has garnered over 265 million views as of September 7.

On an Aug. 19 episode of Q With Tom Power, Korean film and media professor Michelle Cho, tech and culture writer Alyssa Bereznak, and comedian Andrea Jin joined guest host Talia Schlanger to talk about Pink Venom.

“It’s hard not to love,” Bereznak said, “I’m fascinated by the industry that created them and how they achieved such popularity.

“They’re the biggest K-pop girl group in North America,” Cho said. “BLACKPINK certainly lives up to the scale of their global fandom. They have five videos with over five billion views.”

Korean music superstars BTS, an all-male group, played three sold-out shows in Hamilton in 2018 and eight-member South Korean boy band ATEEZ is also set to perform at the center on December 2.

“I hope the success of the BLACKPINK concert will bring more bands to Hamilton,” Roman said.

Tickets will be pre-sold online on September 13 at 10 a.m. and general public sales on September 16 at 10 a.m.

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