A Complete Guide to Annual K-pop Festivals & Award Shows

Here’s a complete list of major annual Korean music festivals and year-end award ceremonies in South Korea for K-Pop fans!

Annual K-pop Festivals

1. Dream Concert – June

The Dream Concert is one of the biggest annual K-pop festivals in South Korea and Asia, which features some of the most in-demand K-pop stars of the year! It’s indeed one of the hottest Hallyu concerts in Asia and boasts a stellar line-up every year.

2. Incheon K-pop Concert (INK Concert) – September

Incheon K-pop Concert (INK), hosted by Incheon City and the Incheon Tourism Organization, is one of the leading K-pop concerts that bring highflying K-pop artists and K-pop fans all over the world together. The concert usually takes place at Incheon Munhak Stadium in September.

3. K-Pop World Festival – September

Organized by South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, K-pop World Festival brings all K-pop fans and future K-pop stars to Changwon, the southern part of South Korea. You can take part in the festival as a competitor or just to enjoy the performances and competitions.

4. Asia Song Festival – September

Asia Song Festival (ASF), or A-Song-Fe, is an annual Asian pop music festival. The festival praises and celebrates the achievements of pop artists from Asian countries.

5. DMC Festival Kpop Super Concert – September

As part of DMC Festival that celebrates achievements of MBC, one of the leading broadcasting stations in Korea, DMC Festival Kpop Concert invites the hottest K-pop artists and showcases eye-catching performances to the audience. The festival takes place at MBC Sangam Culture Square in September.

6. Fandom School Korea Music Festival – September

Fandom School Korea Music Festival is an annual K-pop concert that aims to create programs that artists and fans can interact through diverse performance formats. The music festival always boasts star-stubbed line-ups and fun activities.

7. Busan One Asa Festival (BOF) – October

Boasting glamorous artist line-ups for its various events, Busan One Asia Festival takes places every autumn in Busan. The 10-day festival kicks off with a grand opening ceremony featuring only the best K-pop artists followed by other concerts and showcases including BOF Park Concert, Open Studio, Cover Dance Contest, Fan Meeting and more.

Annual Music Award Shows

1. Seoul Music Awards – January

Started in 1990, Seoul Music Awards is one of the biggest K-Pop events in South Korea. This music awards feature the best artists and singers every year. The winners are selected from singers who have released albums during the year, through mobile votes, the popularity poll, digital downloads and album sales, and judges’ scores.

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2. Golden Disk Awards – January

One of the year-end awards shows in South Korea, the Golden Disk Awards celebrates by giving awards to the artists have made outstanding achievements in the music industry.

3. Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards – February

The Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards is one of the major music awards shows in South Korea. Every year, Gaon Chart, the national music record chart, give awards to the winners according to data for sales of songs and albums from previous year’s Gaon year-end chart performance.

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4. Korean Music Awards – February

The Korean Music Awards is another major year-end music awards show in South Korea, which acknowledges the achievements made by music artists in the past year. Renowned music critics, music radio producers, and other professionals within the Kpop industry decide the winners.

5. Korea Cable TV Awards Show – March

Korea Cable TV association holds Korea Cable TV Awards Show every year to praise quality contents of Cable TV and to promote better programs. The show consists of a red carpet walkaway, special performances and award ceremonies.

6. Asia Artist Awards (AAA) – November

Asia Artist Awards recognizes outstanding achievements of Asian artists in the TV, film and music industry. The 2017 AAA took place at Jamsil Arena in November.

7. Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) – November

Mnet Asian Music Awards, or MAMA, is one of the biggest music awards that is broadcast in 4 continents, including Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Every year, MAMA presents a spectacular concept and theme of stages and shows.

8. SBS Gayo Daejeon – December

Hosted by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), SBS Gayo Daejeon, also known as SAF Music Awards, is a major annual end-of-the-year music award show. Today, it’s held together with SBS Entertainment Awards and SBS Drama Awards as a part of SBS Awards Festival.

9. MBC Gayo Daejejeon – December

MBC Gayo Daejejeon is one of the best year-end music award ceremonies. The MBC, one of the 3 major broadcast corporations in South Korea hosts the show Dec 31 every year.

10. KBS Gayo Daechukje – December

One of the popular annual year-end events, KBS Gayo Daechukje, also known as KBS Music Festival, is held by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). The best artists are selected by viewers’ text-message vote.

11. MelOn Music Awards – December

The MelOn Music Awards is another major music awards show that takes place annually in South Korea. Based on digital sales and online votes collected from online music store MelOn, the winners are selected.

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        1. For Seoul Music Awards, they do not sell their tickets separately. You can only get the tickets by participating their online events and the mobile vote, so please check their website regularly. For Golden Disk Awards, the tickets are available on their website. However, the ticket sale has not started and their website has not been updated yet. You should check their website regularly for updates. Hope this answers your question:)

    1. Hi, you can apply on MBC’s website but the application pages have not been opened yet. So, please check their website regularly if you want to apply for the tickets. For your reference, the application period for MBC Gayo Daejejeon for last year started a week right before the date of the event. Hope this info helps! 🙂

      1. thank you for such a quick reply! and could you, by any chance, give me a link to their website? also, the application pages will only be in korean, right?

  1. Hi! Do you have the link to the Yes24 page where they sell the tickets for the KBS Gayo Daechukje tickets? When does the ticket sales start?

    May I also ask if there are other places/sites where I can purchase the tickets for the MBC Gayo Daejejeon or the Drama Awards Shows should I be unsuccessful in the application for the tickets on their respective sites? Thanks so much!

    1. Hi, the ticket sale has not started on Yes24 so there is no link yet. A date for ticket sale has not been announced. But you may want to try applying for the tickets to KBS Gayo Daechukjae here: http://www.kbs.co.kr/2tv/enter/songfestival2016/. Please note that the page is only in Korean. Tickets to MBC’s year-end events are only available through website application. Hope this answers your question.

      1. Thanks for the info! I was looking around and can’t seem to find much information on this. Is there any way we can tickets for the KBS Drama Awards happening on the 31st of December? Thanks a lot!:)

  2. Hi, I am currently in seoul for a while. I have applied for SBS gayo daejun and am waiting for the results which will be revealed on 24th. Sbs gayo is on a monday whyyyy T.T so yeah i wanted to know if i can apply for tickets for kbs gayo as well.. do you by any chance know if the ticketing started? I checked yes24 but couldnt find anything any help i would be grateful ~~ ^^

  3. Hello, I have applied for the MBC gayo daejejun on Dec. 31 on their website. Is it possible to ideally increase your chances of winning by creating multiple accounts and applying. And should we make multiple accounts if my whole family wants to attend? Thanks!

      1. Will you still receive it if you don’t have Korean number? Sorry for all these questions by the way, I’m pretty noob.

        1. We do not have a definite answer for you as the website says that the SMS will be sent via the registered phone number. The SMS to the winners has been sent on 26th Monday at 6pm KST, so please check your SMS. If you haven’t received any message, it is highly likely that you have not made it.

    1. Hello, the ticket sale has not started yet. A good news for you is that we might be offering tickets for Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards on Trazy.com for this year! So please check out our website regularly for the update! 🙂

  4. Hi can you please, make a list of the dates for the music awards or festivals, so that I’ll know earlier. I’m really interested to buy a ticket if I have to.

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