Catch BTS, Twice, Seventeen, NCT appearing and performing at South Korea’s numerous end-of-year K-pop festival and award events
- The K-pop industry is getting ready to say goodbye to 2020 with a series of showcase concerts and events
- Top acts, from BTS and Girls’ Generation to Shinee and Got7, will be performing at some of the events; Blackpink delay their gig The Show until end of January
You wouldn’t be human in 2020 if you’re not waiting to say goodbye to this year, but to say “farewell”, the K-pop world is gearing up for celebration after celebration, and award show after award show.
December has already seen several events, including the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards and Melon Music Awards, but here’s what the next two months have in store regarding K-pop end-of-year festival events and award shows.
Blackpink’s The Show concert – January 31
Since we first published this story, news has come in that the much anticipated concert, originally set to take place on December 27, will now be held on January 31 due to tightening Covid-19 restrictions in South Korea.
KBS’ Gayo Daechukje – December 18
SBS’ Gayo Daejeon – December 25
Little is yet known about this Christmas Day gayo, aside from its theme of “The Wonder Year” and the fact that BTS are set to headline.
MBC’s Gayo Daejejeon – December 31
2021 Big Hit Entertainment’s New Year’s Eve Concert – December 31
Golden Disk Awards – January 9-10
BTS are up for numerous awards including Map of the Soul: 7 in the running for album of the year. If they take home the title again, it will be their fourth year in a row with South Korea’s biggest album.
Gaon Chart Awards – January 13
South Korea’s primary sales tracking chart will host its annual awards ceremony in mid-January.
2020 APAN Star Awards – January 23-24
The APAN Star Awards were rescheduled to take place next month due to Covid-19-related restrictions. They’ll be split over two nights, offering up both “star” and “music” awards.
High1 Seoul Music Awards – January 31
Fan voting is currently open for this show, while the event line-up is still unknown.
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