K-pop star CL to perform in Dubai for inaugural Waterbomb Festival

She'll be joined by South Korean rappers pH-1 and Big Naughty for the two-day event

CL rose to fame as a member of the K-pop girl group 2NE1. Photo: Waterbomb Festival
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South Korean rappers CL, pH-1 and Big Naughty have been announced as part of the musical line-up for Dubai's first Waterbomb Festival.

A South Korean tradition, the two-event will take place at Dubai Festival City on June 7 and 8. Some of the biggest names in EDM, hip-hop and K-pop are also expected to perform at the event, with further announcements expected.

CL, real name Lee Chae-rin, rose to fame as the leader of the girl group 2NE1, which formed in 2009. They are known as one of the most influential K-pop girl groups of all time.

Launching her solo career with the song The Baddest Female in 2013, CL then released solo track MTBD in 2014 as part of 2NE1's final studio album Crush. In 2016, she became the first South Korean female artist to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 with her song Lifted. She has since been included twice in Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World, in 2015 and 2016.

PH-1, also known as Harry Park, is a South Korean rapper, singer and songwriter. He gained popularity through his appearances on the South Korean hip-hop TV competition Show Me the Money. He subsequently released several solo albums and singles, showcasing his versatility as an artist.

Big Naughty, real name Seo Dong-hyun, is a South Korean rapper and singer who gained recognition for his participation on reality TV competition High School Rapper 3 in 2019. He impressed judges with his rap skills, unique style and charismatic stage presence, ultimately finishing as the runner-up.

What is the Waterbomb Festival?

Waterbomb Festivals are annual events that takes place in South Korea. They typically take place during the summer as a way for people to cool off from the heat.

Participants are encouraged to wear swimwear or clothes that they don't mind getting wet, as the event involves water fights using water guns, balloons and other water-related props. There are usually music performances by popular K-pop artists and DJs, creating a lively and festive atmosphere.

Tickets start at Dh150; more information is available at www.waterbombdubai.com

Updated: May 01, 2024, 9:27 AM