K-Pop WORLD TOURS and New OFFLINE Concerts: TWICE, ATEEZ, NCT, and Gayo Daechukje (KBS Song Festival)
After two years without offline performances, due to the strict social distancing rules of South Korea and the rapid spread of the COVID 19 pandemic, K-Pop artists and groups are finally able to add some live performances to their schedules.
- K-Pop World Tours, Offline Concerts, and even a limited audience at the annual Gayo Daechukje seems to reflect a gentle return to normal for the glittering world of K-Pop.
Featured Image: Image: @kbsworldtv (IG) KBS Song Festival 2020 Promotional image
- TWICE K-Pop World Tour
- ATEEZ K-Pop World Tour and NCT Offline Concert/World Tour
- Gayo Daechukje (KBS Song Festival) to Reintroduce Live Audiences
TWICE World Tour
Twice 4th World Tour ‘III’
Announced on the 15th of November, the successful K-pop girl group TWICE will officially begin their fourth international tour this December.
- According to JYP Entertainment, the upcoming world tour, titled “Twice 4th World Tour ‘III,'” will start with a three-day series of concerts in Seoul over Christmas.
- TWICE will travel to the American cities Los Angeles, Oakland, Dallas, Atlanta, and New York, throughout February of 2021.
- While this is all of the released information, the announcement poster implies that more dates/venues will likely be added, with the ending phrase “And More.”
Twicelights / COVID / Formula of Love
The group’s most recent tour, their 2019 “Twicelights” world tour, traveled across sixteen cities around the globe.
- During the COVID 19 pandemic, when touring was impossible, the group and their listener base have grown in scale, with their most recent album “Formula of Love: O+T=<3” selling a record-breaking 700k pre-orders, the most sold by TWICE in the group’s six-year history.
Having spread their music further across the world, millions of fans wait eagerly for a chance to see their favorite K-Pop girl group in person, and, with this upcoming world tour, they might get their chance!
ATEEZ World Tour and NCT Offline Concert/World Tour
ATEEZ “The Fellowship: Beginning of the End”
Another world tour announced recently is ATEEZ’s upcoming tour. Named “The Fellowship: Beginning of the End,” the tour will take the group throughout the United States and Europe.
- The tour starts with a three-day concert series at ‘OLYMPIC HALL’ in Seoul, followed by shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Newark, Dallas, and Los Angeles in January.
- In February, the group travels to Europe. In Europe, ATEEZ will perform in Amsterdam, London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, and Madrid, meeting their loyal leagues of fans along the way.
The group’s first international tour, the 2019 “The Epedition Tour,” took the group to 15 cities.
NCT 127 “NEO City: Seoul – The Link”
The final world tour announced in the last week is for the hit NCT sub-unit NCT 127. On Monday (15/112021), SM Entertainment announced the NCT 127 three-day Seoul concert series kicking off the sub-unit’s 2nd World Tour.
The Seoul offline concerts, titled “NEO City: Seoul – The Link,” will be held on the 17th through 19th of December.
To the delight of global fans, the final concert will be broadcast internationally through the Naver live streaming platform VLIVE.
- Following this announcement, NCT 127 took to Twitter to announce that the concerts would launch their second international tour. However, NCT 127 and SM Entertainment have not released any venues or dates yet.
- This upcoming tour will follow the 3rd NCT ensemble project, “Universe,” which will be released by NCT on the 14th of December.
With millions of loyal fans and incredible performances that make it worth the wait, the 2022 world tours by NCT 127 and ATEEZ are hugely anticipated projects for music and K-Pop history after the drought of offline performances during the pandemic.
Gayo Daechukje (KBS Song Festival) to Reintroduce Live Audiences
KBS Song Festival
According to KBS, the network will include a live audience at the upcoming Gayo Daechukjae or Song Festival.
The annual event (held since 1981) was continued online in 2020 due to the dangerous spread of the COVID 19 virus and pandemic.
However, the strict careful safety measures to be taken by KBS, such as arranging that all artists/staff/organizers are vaccinated, have made it possible for the 2021 Song Festival to include a limited audience.
This news has been met with great excitement by fans who cannot wait to attend or online watch the stages enhanced by the atmosphere of an in-personal audience of fans.
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