Lollapalooza 2022: A historic moment for K-Pop at the US music festival

The festival drove an impressive 3.4M conversations, 4.4x more than last year. The majority of discussions revolved around J-Hope; over 2.4M occurred on the day of his performance and were mostly driven by fans sharing their excitement on Twitter. Read our full report.

August 4, 2022


By Editorial Team

This year’s Lollapalooza marked a historic moment in K-Pop history. Singer and rapper J-Hope became not just the first BTS member to debut as a soloist, but also the first South Korean to headline a main stage at a major American music festival.

To understand user discussions about Lollapalooza, and the presence of K-Pop artists at US music festivals, Maven Road performed Social Listening and Audience Analysis based on worldwide conversations from July 28th to July 31st. Benchmark data from the past four years were included to track the evolution of online conversations about the event.

A record breaking edition

This year’s Lollapalooza was the most discussed event in the festival’s history, reaching an impressive milestone of over 3.4M mentions on social channels.

69.8% of conversations around Lollapalooza 2022 occurred on the festival’s last day (2.4M mentions), mostly driven by fans sharing their excitement on Twitter following J-Hope’s performance.

Users who participated in the festival-related conversations were mainly women between the ages of 18-34 years old. Additionally, they shared common interests in Movies & TV (46%), Education (36%), and Sports (20%).

K-Pop & Lollapalooza

Before this year’s record, Lollapalooza 2018 had generated the greatest amount of social buzz, mainly driven by former K-Pop artist Lay’s collaboration with DJ Alan Walker.

Surpassing the three million mark, this year’s edition became the #1 amongst all of its past iterations by a great margin. This exponential rise was mostly due to the participation of 235.2K unique authors, mostly K-Pop fans, being supportive of J-Hope’s debut as well as boyband Tomorrow x Together’s performance at the event.

K-Pop seems to have gained popularity in US music festivals in the past year. During this year’s Coachella, the Korean group 2NE1 made a memorable comeback driving 989.8K mentions; and famous female group AESPA garnered over 917.5K conversations.

Lollapalooza also contributed to the trend, with Tomorrow x Together and J-Hope becoming the first Korean artists to perform at the festival. Both shows gained a lot of popularity, accounting for more than 517.7K and 2.2 million mentions, respectively. Fans shared supportive posts and opinions about their performances.

During the festival days, the K-Pop genre garnered over 590.6K posts with an identifiable location on Twitter. The majority of mentions were from the US, accounting for over 103.0K discussions.

J-Hope’s big night

Posts about J-Hope accounted for 62.3% of overall Lollapalooza conversations

The highest peak of conversations occurred on July 31st at 10pm, following J-Hope’s performance. Lollapalooza sponsor, @RollingStone, generated 257.1K retweets by sharing fan pictures, and backstage and front row images.

Additionally, Bud Light Seltzer, the brand who sponsored the stage J-Hope performed on, garnered 28.7K mentions due to posts about the show.

The top 3 most tweeted hashtags of Lollapalooza referenced J-Hope. Fans mainly expressed their love for the K-Pop singer.

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Editorial Team

Paul Herrera is The Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder at Maven Road, bringing valuable knowledge in management, marketing, and data analysis. With an MBA and several years of experience in Canadian and American companies, Paul ensures a responsible and efficient operation throughout the process of developing reports.

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