BTS, SuperM, Seventeen & AB6IX come to the UK this year
The popularity of Korean pop – or in its bitty form, K-pop – has expanded far beyond the continent from whence it came in recent years. Phrases like 'taken the world by storm' and 'global phenomenon' aptly describe the genre's surge. Rappers like Kanye West, Missy Elliot and Snoop Dogg have collaborated on tracks with K-pop groups, confirming the genre has firmly cemented itself into Western culture.
The UK has hosted a number of K-pop shows of late, with more Korean stars coming every year. In 2019, supergroup BTS made their first UK appearance at Wembley Stadium, performing for 90,000 fans and in 2020 some will follow suit. Here's a list of all the K-pop tours and shows happening in the UK in 2020. Keep checking back as the more will be added throughout the year.
AB6IX members Lin Ying, Tian Xiong, Jin Dongxian, Park Youjun and Li Dahui released their hugely successful debut album 6IXENSE back in October 2019. The record topped the Korean Album Chart upon release and bagged the group eight accolades, including the Golden Disc Award for Next Generation Artists. Now the group is jet-setting across the globe to perform music from their debut album to adoring fans, including a February show in London. indigo at The O2, London, Wed 26 Feb. Book AB6IX tickets.
Formed in 2015, Seventeen – consisting of 13 members – have released three studio albums since their 2016 debut Love & Letter. The record was met with critical acclaim and reached No. 1 on the Korean Album Chart upon release and was shortly followed by Teen, Age in 2017.
The group is currently on a third world tour in support of their 2019 album An Ode. The record bagged the group the Album of the Year accolade at the Asian Artist Awards and is being supported with the ongoing Ode to You Tour. Sun 8 Mar, The SSE Arena, Wembley. Book Seventeen tickets.
Yet another group to debut in 2019 and rock the industry in the same year, SuperM consists of seven members from various successful pop groups packaged up neatly as a supergroup.
The band made waves last year when they became the first-ever K-pop group to top the US Billboard chart. Their self-titled album debuted at No. 1 shortly after single 'Jopping' took the crown. Members Baekhyun, Kai, Lucas, Mark, Taemin, Taeyong and Ten bring the We Are The Future world tour to London's O2 Arena this February. Fri 28 Feb, The O2 Arena, London. Book SuperM tickets.
Perhaps the biggest names in K-pop right now, BTS – also known as the Bangtan Boys – are currently working towards the release of their fourth album Map of the Soul: 7. With every new album, the band rapidly set off across the globe and in 2020 they bring the Map of the Soul World Tour to the UK for two summer shows. Fri 3 and Sat 4 Jul, Twickenham Stadium. Book BTS tickets.
Formed in 2017, band members Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin and I.N found fame on a reality TV show and have gone on to become a hugely successful K-pop act.
In 2019 Stray Kids topped the charts in Korea with Eps Clé 1: Miroh and Clé: Levanter before heading out on the 'District 9: Unlock' World Tour. Sun 17 May, Wembley Stadium, London. Book Stray Kids tickets.
SEVENTEEN (세븐틴) is a 13 member boy group under Pledis Entertainment (home of After School, Son Dambi, NU’EST, Shin Yoonjo & Han Dong Geun). They are split 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…
Formed in 2017, this South Korean boyband found fame on a reality TV show and have gone on to become a hugely successful K-pop act. In 2019 Stray Kids topped the charts in Korea with Eps Clé 1: Miroh and Clé: Levanter before heading out on the ‘District 9: Unlock’ World Tour.
SuperM exploded on the scene in late 2019 as the "the Avengers of K-pop", put together by K-pop powerhouse SM Entertainment and Capitol Music Group. The group pulls talent from multiple top acts, including Taemin of SHINee, Kai and Baekhyun of EXO, Taeyong and Mark of NCT, Ten and Lucas of WayV. Their streetwise sound…