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Hot K-pop concerts Hong Kong fans can’t miss this summer

Exo’s upcoming Hong Kong shows may be sold out, but don’t despair, there’s plenty more K-pop fun on the way in July, with Monsta X and Wanna One coming to the city

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 May, 2018, 6:04pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 May, 2018, 6:48pm

Hong Kong may be sweltering in an unprecedented May heatwave, and things are about to get even hotter: some of South Korea’s biggest K-pop acts are coming to town.

In a triple treat for Hong Kong’s legions of K-pop fans, boy bands Exo, Monsta X and Wanna One are all headlining separate shows, and tickets are in hot demand – scalpers have reportedly been charging up to HK$11,000 for presale tickets to Exo’s shows.

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Ticket prices may come at a premium, but many fans are willing to pay up for the chance to spend a night with their favourite K-pop idols.

Here are the three shows likely to be some of the biggest in Hong Kong this summer.

Exo

Exo launched their Elyxion tour at the end of last year and are making their way to Hong Kong this weekend for two sold-out shows before heading to Malaysia and ending the tour in Macau. The performances are sure to feature hits such as the dance-reggae track Ko Ko Bop from the group’s latest album, The War, released last summer. The album made its debut at No 87 on the US Billboard album charts last year and sold more than 1.6 million copies in South Korea.

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Catch Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, Kai, Sehun and D.O. as the Korean-Chinese boy band serve up some of their greatest hits.

June 2 and 3, 7pm, AsiaWorld-Arena, Hong Kong International Airport, sold out

Monsta X

One of the biggest K-pop boy bands to come out of a reality TV show competition, the seven-member Monsta X will be calling through Hong Kong in July during their first world tour.

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The seven-member boy group was formed in 2014 through the South Korean TV show No Mercy, in which contestants fought for a much-coveted role in the K-pop outfit that became Monsta X.

The “mon” in Monsta stands for the French word for “my”, while the X represents the group’s enigmatic X factor, or je ne sais quois.

At the Hong Kong show, members Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon and I.M. are expected to perform hits from their album, The Clan Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter, released last spring; as well as tracks from their previous EPs The Clan Pt. 1: Lost and The Clan Pt. 2: Guilty.

July 10, 8pm, Star Hill, Kitec, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, HK$680-HK$1,680, HK Ticketing

Wanna One

Another major K-pop group created via reality TV, 11-member boy band Wanna One will be making their second visit to Hong Kong, following a successful fan meeting tour last autumn.

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Wanna One are one of the most democratically assembled K-pop groups. The members were selected by the public from a total of 101 trainees competing against each other on Season Two of the popular South Korean TV show Produce 101 – Season One produced the successful girl group AOA.

Over several months, audience members voted for their favourites which included singers Hwang Min-hyun, Daniel Kang and former child actor Park Ji-hoon. Tracks such as their hit Boomerang from the group’s latest EP, 0+1=1 (I Promise You), will be highlights of their two Hong Kong shows.

July 28 and 29, 7pm, AsiaWorld-Arena, Hong Kong International Airport, HK$580-HK$1,980