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Seventeen Brings K-Pop to Glastonbury – FBC News

Seventeen Brings K-Pop to Glastonbury – FBC News

Seventeen Brings K-Pop to Glastonbury – FBC News

(Source: Reuters)

Boy band Seventeen hopped, twirled and spun in an energetic performance on Glastonbury’s main Pyramid Stage, making history as the first K-Pop group to perform at the iconic music festival in southern England.

The 13-member group, dressed in shades of black, performed highly synchronized dance sequences alongside spicy hits such as “HOT”, “Rock with you” And “VERY NICE”delighting thousands of music fans in one of Glastonbury’s most atypical sets.

In Britain and at Glastonbury – which always sells out before the line-up is announced – Seventeen may be relatively unknown, but the South Korean group had the best-selling album in the world last year.

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“Although the language, country and culture are all different, we can still become one through music,” singer Joshua Hong told the audience after his performance of “SOS.”

Seventeen attracted a smaller crowd than the other acts on stage, but many of those who came to watch sang, swayed and danced along, even without knowing any of the songs. Loyal Seventeen fans, who are called ‘karats’, stood in the front row.

“It was really good, it was so much fun,” said Kiera Finn, 26, from Liverpool in northern England, who said she had never heard Seventeen before.

“The crowd was so good… It was a bit, this is what Glastonbury is all about, and everyone was just having fun.”

The K-pop industry, which requires intensive training in dance, singing and language skills, has spawned bands like BTS and Blackpink, who are increasingly performing at Western festivals and have built an international fan base.

For Glastonbury, Seventeen’s performance is another step away from the traditional hippie and rocket ethos.

This year’s lineup also includes Dua Lipa, who will headline the Pyramid stage later on Friday, Coldplay, R&B singer SZA and country singer Shania Twain, among hundreds of other acts.