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 2019 – May 18
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. This year, Trazy offers Dream Concert 2019 standing zone ticket with Everland 1 day pass ticket. Dream Concert 2019 will be held on May 18, 2019.
2. KMF Korea Music Festival – August
KMF 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.
3. K-World Festa – August
The K-World Festa is the largest K-Culture, or Hallyu Festival in Korea. This 10-day festival includes elements of all things Hallyu, from K-Pop to K-Drama. In its grand opening and closing ceremonies, you can watch top K-Pop artists perform their world-renowned titles.
4. 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 brings high-flying K-pop artists and K-pop fans all over the world together. The concert usually takes place at Incheon Munhak Stadium in September.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. DMC Festival Kpop Super Concert – September
As part of the 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.
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.
8. Incheon Airport Sky Festival K-Pop Concert – August
Held at Incheon Airport’s culture park every late August, the Incheon Airport Sky Festival is the perfect summer festival to beat the heat. It features top-tier K-Pop artists that put on spectacular, exciting performances. If you’re in the Seoul area, or if you’re just arriving in Korea through Incheon Airport, this is probably the best festival to kick off your trip!
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.
2. Golden Disc 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 Music Awards – January
The Gaon Chart Music Awards is one of the major music awards shows in South Korea. Every year, Gaon Chart, the national music record chart, gives awards to the winners based on data for sales of songs and albums from the previous year.
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. The Fact Music Awards 2019 – April 24
The Fact Music Awards is a new awards ceremony that features fans and K-pop artists together. This new type of K-pop music awards will be held on April 24th at Incheon Namdong Gymnasium this year. Trazy offers both seating and standing seats with the Everland theme park 1 day pass and transfer options!
6. Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards – August
Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards is an award ceremony hosted by Soribada, a Korean music platform, and it is usually held in August or September. It took place at Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena last year.
7. Asia Artist Awards (AAA) – November
Asia Artist Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of Asian artists in the TV, film and music industry. The 2018 AAA took place at Incheon Namdong Gymnastics Stadium in November.
8. MBC X Genie Music Awards (MGA) – November
MBC Plus and Genie Music will be holding the MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards (hereafter MGA) for the first time this year. The ceremony will feature impressive performances from top K-pop artists as well as collaborations with foreign artists.
9. 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.
10. V Live Awards V Heartbeat – November 16
The V Live Awards V Heartbeat is an award ceremony honoring the most popular channels on the celebrity live streaming application V Live. Cheer your favorite K-pop idols on and watch them perform their best hits!
11. Korea Popular Music Awards – December
KPMA is a new music awards festival which will feature not only the hottest K-pop stars but also some of the legendary stars who have led the Korean music industry. KPMA is about to host their very first event in Korea, so expect various K-pop titans to make an appearance for sure.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. KBS Gayo Daechukje – December
One of the popular annual year-end events, KBS Gayo Daechukje, also known as KBS Music Festival, is held by the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). The best artists are selected by viewers’ text-message vote.
15. 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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