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 – May
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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