On July 31, J-Hope officially made history as the first South Korean artist to ever headline the main stage of a major U.S. festival with his set at Lollapalooza 2022 in Chicago — and he did so in excellent company.

Introducing himself as “J-Hope from BTS,” the artist took to the Bud Light Seltzer stage to close out this year’s festival accompanied by a live band and a crowd of cheering ARMYs. Though his stage was the last of the night, Chicago was lit up for the star; a majority of fans proudly flagged their ARMY bombs from the crowd, proving why the event was playfully dubbed “Hobipalooza.” (According to a press release, approximately 105,000 people attended the final day of Lollapalooza.)

J-Hope kicked off his 18-track set list, which spanned a little bit over an hour, with “MORE” and “Pandora’s Box,” off his first official solo album Jack In The Box, released in mid-July. The artist’s latest project was undoubtedly the focus of the set, not only visually, with joker-style figurines adorning the stage’s screens, but also musically. J-Hope performed the album almost in its entirety, including its one-minute “Intro,” which served as the cryptic opening for his set before the rapper was propelled — or rather, cranked up — on stage, alluding to his children’s toy du jour.

“Thank you for coming,” J-Hope addressed the loud crowd at the beginning of his set. “You guys are f*cking crazy. First, I want to thank my fans, ARMY, for coming tonight. A lot of you may be seeing me for the first time today so, how you doing? It’s great to be here … I’m showing performances from my new album Jack In The Box for the first time at Lollapalooza, I hope you are excited. I pour my heart and soul into my music, [so] even if we speak different languages, I hope you listen to my story.”

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