- Becki Crossley
- January 16, 2020
Seventeen and AB6IX are coming to London this year and if Korean pop fans are lucky, BTS might do the same
The popularity of Korean pop – or in its bitty form, K pop – has expanded far beyond the continent from where it originated in recent years. Expressions such as ‘conquered the world’ and ‘global phenomenon’ aptly describe the increase in the genre. Rappers such as Kanye West, Missy Elliot and Snoop Dogg have collaborated on tracks with K-pop groups, confirming that the genre has firmly embedded itself in Western culture.
The UK has recently organized a number of K-pop shows, with more Korean stars each year. In 2019, supergroup BTS made their first UK appearance at Wembley Stadium, performing for 90,000 fans, and in 2020 a few will follow. Here is a list of all K-pop tours and shows taking place in the UK in 2020. Come back regularly because more are added throughout the year.
AB61X members Lin Ying, Tian Xiong, Jin Dongxian, Park Youjun and Li Dahui released their hugely successful debut album 6IXENSE in October 2019. The record topped the Korean Album card and the group won eight awards, including the Golden Disc Award for Next Generation artists. Now the band is hunting all over the world to make music from their debut album to admiring fans, including a February show in London.
indigo on The O2, Wed 26 Feb Book AB6IX tickets.
Seventeen, consisting of 13 members, was founded in 2015 and has released three studio albums since their debut Love & Letter in 2016. The record was received with rave reviews and reached number 1 on the Korean album card at release and was briefly followed by Teen, Age in 2017.
The group is currently on a third world tour in support of their album An Ode 2019. The record brought the group the Album of the Year to the Asian Artist Awards and is supported by the current Ode to You Tour.
Sun 8 Mar, The SSE Arena, Wembley. Book Seventeen tickets.
Perhaps the biggest names in K-pop right now, BTS – also known as the Bangtan Boys – is currently working on the release of their fourth album Map of the Soul: 7. With every new album, the band quickly left a world. tour to support the record, selling the world’s largest locations in an instant. I hope they do the same in 2020.
Map of the Soul: 7 out on Friday, February 21 Tour TBC.
SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) is a group of 13 members under Pledis Entertainment (home of After School, Son Dambi, NU’EST, Shin Yoonjo & Han Dong Geun). They are divided into 3 teams, the Hip Hop unit (S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon), the Vocal unit (Jeonghan, Joshua, Woozi, DK, Seungkwan) and the Performance unit (Jun, Hoshi…
The SSE Arena Wembley
Sun 8 Mar
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