24 hours in Fan­ches­ter: Blackpink

Blackpink is in your area: Lauren Maccabee documented the ‘Blinks’ in Manchester when the K-Pop superstars came to town.

To wel­come K-pop sen­sa­tion BLACK­PINK into town, fans got dressed up to the nines and assem­bled in mass out­side Man­ches­ter Are­na. The queue thronged with peo­ple in black and pink. Flex­ing sil­ver chains, ham­mer-bong’ merch, and all man­ner of kitsch acces­sories, Blinks’ (the offi­cial fan­dom name giv­en to their fans, an abbre­vi­a­tion of BLackpINK) excit­ed­ly sang Let’s kill this love! Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah” as they tum­bled out of Vic­to­ria sta­tion and snaked their way towards the entrance to the stadium.

Despite only releas­ing their first sin­gle Square One less than three years ago, the four-strong girl group (formed of Jisoo, Jen­nie, Rosé and Lisa) has gone on to top stream­ing records, accu­mu­late 18.8 mil­lion Insta­gram fol­low­ers and, of course, ignite the BTS vs. BLACK­PINK rival­ry. Whether you’re in the ARMY or a Blink, one thing’s for sure: K-pop is breed­ing some styl­ish followers. 


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