One of the biggest takeaways of the 2019 Coachella lineup when it was unveiled in early January was how global the alternative music festival had become. As non-English music has impacted the mainstream more pointedly in recent years, the Coachella lineup reflected that evolution by including K-pop girl group Blackpink and Latin music stars J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Rosalía in this year’s group of performers. Coachella has expanded well past its alt-rock bedrock over the past decade to feature more pop, hip-hop and dance heavyweights, but this year’s inclusion of international artists -- on the next-to-top line of the daily lineup, in some cases -- was especially remarkable.
A few months later, the U.S. version of Lollapalooza has gone one step further and announced the first Latin-music headliner in its history. J Balvin is among eight headliners announced for the annual Chicago festival (set for Aug. 1-4 this year), along with Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume and The Chainsmokers.