Here’s a complete list of major annual Korean music festivals and year-end award ceremonies that were held in Korea last year for K-Pop fans! Please note that every festival and award show had to be performed via online streaming due to COVID-19 in 2020. Let’s hope that we can enjoy the shows on site this year!

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Annual K-pop Festivals

1. The 26th Dream Concert CONNECT:D

  • Date: July 25th~26th, 2020

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. 2020 Dream Concert was live-streamed on YouTube and Naver V LIVE+ for two days.

[Line-up]

  • July 25th: EXO-SC, Red Velvet, Red Velvet Irene & Seulgi, OH MY GIRL, ASTRO, Golden Child, Kim Jae Hwan, AB6IX, CIX, Cravity, South Club (MC: Lee Teuk, Kim Yohan, Kim Doyeon)
  • July 26th: MAMAMOO, ITZY, Ha Sung Woon, Lovelyz, WJSN, Weki Meki, Jeong Sewoon, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, ONEUS, Rocket Punch (MC: Eunhyuk, Cha Eunwoo, Lia)

2. SBS Super ON:TACT

  • Date: September 27th~October 18th, 2020

SBS Super Concert is one of the most anticipated annual K-pop festivals. With a star-studded lineup that just gets bigger and better over the years, who knows what awaits at this year’s festivities? In 2020, SBS Super Concert was streamed online on Naver VLIVE, therefore the name was changed into Super On:Tact. It was performed on four different days, September 27th, October 4th, October 11th, and October 18th.

[Line-up]

  • September 27th: ITZY, Stray Kids, MONSTA X
  • October 4th: TOMORROW X TOGETHER, IZ*ONE, Seventeen
  • October 11th: AB6IX, ATEEZ, MAMAMOO
  • October 18th: Treasure, Cravity, (G)I-DLE, THE BOYZ

3. The 11th INK Incheon K-pop Concert

  • Date: October 10th, 2020

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. This concert was also online live-streamed on YouTube in 2020 because of Coronavirus.

[Line-up]

  • MC: NCT Jaemin, ITZY Chaeryeong
  • Artist: Baekhyun, Taemin, GFRIEND, ITZY, ASTRO, WEKI MEKI, THE BOYZ, AB6IX, Lee Eun Sang, ELRIS, & more

4. Asia Song Festival (Gyeongju) 

  • Date: October 5th~10th, 2020

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. The venue took place in Gyeongju in 2020 and it was online streamed for free on YouTube. The festival period was from October 5th to 10th and you can see not only the stages of world-famous K-pop & Asian stars but also busking stages with the background of Gyeongju’s cultural heritage. 

[Line-up]

  • MC: NCT Doyoung, CLC YeeEun
  • Artist: Kang Daniel, Red Velvet Irene & Seulgi, Yooa, MOMOLAND, ATEEZ, iKON, THE BOYZ, GFRIEND, AB6IX, Everglow, AKB48, & more

Annual Music Award Shows

1. Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards

  • Date: August 13th, 2020

Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards is an award ceremony hosted by Soribada, a Korean music platform. It was held at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium and online live-streamed on TikTok and U+ Idol Live.

[Line-up]

  • Artist: TWICE, Red Velvet, MAMAMOO, Oh My Gil, NCT Dream, Kang Daniel, GFRIEND, ASTRO, VICTON, AB6IX, IZ*ONE, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, Kim Jae Hwan, Ha Sung Woon, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ITZY, WJSN, LOONA, & more

2. Asia Artist Awards (AAA)

  • Date: November 28th, 2020

Asia Artist Awards recognizes the outstanding achievements of Asian artists in the TV, film, and music industry. It was held as the On-tact awards in 2020, hosted by Starnews, and it was online streamed via LIVEX.CO.KR.

[Line-up]

  • Artist: TWICE, MAMAMOO, (G)I-DLE, IZ*ONE, ITZY, Super Junior, GOT7, MONSTA X, NCT, Pentagon, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, Kang Daniel, AB6IX, & more
  • Actor & Actress: Lee Jung Jae, Kim Min Jae, Lee Joon Gi, Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Seon Ho, Kim Hye Yoon, Seo Ye Ji, Han So Hee, & more

3. Melon Music Award (MMA)

  • Date: December 2nd~5th, 2020

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 the online music store MelOn, the winners are selected. It was broadcasted every day from December 2nd to 5th on Kakao TV.

[Line-up]

  • Artist: BTS, IZ*ONE, THE BOYZ, MONSTA X, Oh My Girl, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Simon Dominic, Lim Young Woong, Young Tak, & more

4. Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

  • Date: December 6th, 2020

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

[Line-up]

  • Artist: BTS, TWICE, GOT7, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, Taemin, NCT, IZ*ONE, MAMAMOO, (G)I-DLE, Oh My Girl, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ATEEZ, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, BOA, Jessi, & more

5. The Fact Music Awards

  • Date: December 12th, 2020

The Fact Music Awards (TMA) is a new awards ceremony that debuted in April 2019 and it features fans and K-pop artists together. Because of COVID-19, the ‘Online Untact’ Awards Ceremony was open instead by using cutting-edge technology. It was live-streamed on V LIVE.

[Line-up]

  • Artist: BTS, TWICE, MAMAMOO, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, Stray Kids, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ATEEZ, Super Junior, SEVENTEEN, NU’EST, GOT7, MONSTA X, Kang Daniel, Jessi, THE BOYZ, IZ*ONE, & more

6. KBS Gayo Daechukje

  • Date: December 18th, 2020

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

[Line-up]

  • MC: Cha Eun Woo, Shin Ye Eun, U-KNOW
  • Artist: BTS, GOT7, SEVENTEEN, NCT, TWICE, ASTRO, Taemin, IZ*ONE, NU’EST, MONSTA X, THE BOYZ, Park Jin Young, Sunmi, MAMAMOO, MOMOLAND, (G)I-DLE, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, ITZY, Jessi, Stray Kids, Aespa, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Paul Kim, & more

7. SBS Gayo Daejeon

  • Date: December 25th, 2020

Hosted by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), SBS Gayo Daejeon is a major annual end-of-the-year music award show and it was held in Daegu last year. It’s well-known for amazing lineups and outstanding performances.

[Line-up]

  • MC: Kim Hee Chul, Boom, Lee Na Eun
  • Artist: BTS, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, GOT7, MONSTA X, MAMAMOO, Jessi, NU’EST, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, IZ*ONE, THE BOYZ, Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, ATEEZ, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, April, MOMOLAND, Aespa, & more

8. MBC Gayo Daejejeon – December

  • Date: December 31st, 2020

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 on new year’s eve every year.

[Line-up]

  • MC: Yoona, Jang Sung Kyu, Kim Seon Ho
  • Artist: Rain, Park Jin Young, Uhm Jung Hwa, GOT7, TWICE, MONSTA X, NCT, MAMAMOO, Henry, Jessi, Paul Kim, Kang Seung Yoon, Oh My Girl, ITZY, (G)I-DLE, IZ*ONE, Stray Kids, THE BOYZ, LOONA, Aespa & more

9. The 35th Golden Disc Awards with CURPROX 

  • Date: January 9th~10th, 2021

The Golden Disk Awards annually celebrates the outstanding achievements of K-pop music by giving awards to the artists who have contributed in the music industry. It was broadcasted on JTBC and globally online live-streamed on U+ Idol Live (Korea), GYAO (Japan), Hami Video (Taiwan), QQ Music (China), Go to Pops (Vietnam & Thailand), and Livecon.TV (North & Latin America) for two days.

[Line-up]

  • MC: Lee Seung Gi, Park So Dam
  • Artist: IU, ITZY, MONSTA X, MAMAMOO, OH MY GIRL, NU’EST, THE BOYZ, Jessi, Changmo, Lim Young Woong, LOONA, Lee Seung Gi, & more

10. The 10th Gaon Chart Music Awards 

  • Date: January 13th, 2021 

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. Because of the pandemic, only awards were given to the artist without any performances. It was broadcasted on Mnet and live-streamed online on Mubeat and Amazer, which are global K-pop apps. 

11. The 30th High1 Seoul Music Awards

  • Date: January 31st, 2021

Started in 1990, Seoul Music Awards is one of the biggest K-pop events in South Korea. This music award features the best artist and singers every year. The winners are selected from singers who have released albums during the year, through mobile votes, the popularity poo, digital downloads, album sales, and judges’ scores. It was broadcasted on KBS Drama, KBS Joy, KBS W, and U+ Idol Live.

[Line-up]

  • Artist: TWICE, IZ*ONE, ITZY, Lim Young Woong, Kang Daniel, Treasure, THE BOYZ, Aespa, NU’EST, (G)I-DLE, Oh My Girl, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, ATEEZ, Stray Kids, & more

Stay tuned for updates! Make sure to check out Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, for K-pop concert tickets! If you want to learn more about the ultimate K-Pop experience in Korea, read our blog on the top things to do if you love all things K-Pop.

[Photo Credits]

  • Dream Concert Official Website
  • SBS Super Concert Official Website
  • Incheon K-pop Concert Official Website
  • Asia Song Festival Official Website
  • Soribada Best K-pop Music Awards Official Website
  • Asia Artist Awards Official Website
  • Melon Music Award Official Website
  • Mnet Asian Music Awards Official Website
  • The Fact Music Awards Official Website
  • KBS Gayo Daechukje Official Website
  • SBS Gayo Daejeon Official Website
  • MBC Gayo Daejejeon Official Website
  • Golden Disc Awards Official Website
  • Gaon Chart Music Awards Official Website
  • High1 Seoul Music Awards Official Website

61 thoughts on “A Complete Guide to Annual K-pop Festivals & Award Shows

      1. Now in Corona pandamic will all award show will do
        Will momoland are aloud to come to all show
        And blackpink , BTS and twice
        Exo and such other groups will they attend

        1. Hi,
          Due to the pandemic, most of the events are postponed to next year.
          We recommend you to keep checking the K-pop related articles for updates.

          Thank you.

        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 if a group has comeback in November and like MAMA will be in November . Will that group be nominated in the music show or no?
            And can you explain me why?

          2. Hi,

            If a K-pop event is held, a line-up is released by the event organizer when it’s nearer to the event date.
            Nomination/line-up is determined by the event holder’s policy.

            Thank you.

  1. Hi, may i know if tourists can go for the KBS, SBS and MBC Gayo Daejun? If possible, where and how do we purchase the ticket?

    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?

  2. 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!:)

  3. 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 ~~ ^^

  4. 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. Thanks! I might have missed this on the website, but it’s the a definite date for when they will they reveal the winners?

      2. 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! 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. Hi ! I know it’s a late comment but I was wondering how can you buy tickets for the Melon Music Awards as a foreigner ? There isn’t a lot of people who talk about it 🙁 Also I saw that you can only buy a “global” ticket, and then exchange it on the day of the venue for your exact seat ? I don’t understand how it works and how you can get a ticket in the zone of your choice 🙁 Thank you

    1. Hi Luna 🙂
      We do not have any plans to provide booking service for the Melon Music Awards at the moment.
      Also, the ticket details and pickup method highly differs depending on the concert/event. I recommend you to check out each booking page on Trazy for more information 😀

    1. Hi Wana! We are sorry but we do not have a plan to sell the tickets of the mentioned event at the moment. We will open the deal as long as we get to contract with the event organizer. We recommend you to check our website regularly.

        1. Hi Trazy! Thank you for the useful info as always! I understand that SBS Gayo Daejun tickets are all sold out but what about this year’s MBC and KBS Gayo Daejun? Are tickets available for sell yet and where can I buy them from? Thank you very much!!

        2. Hi Nor! The deal page was for last year’s event. We will update the deal page as we get to sell the ticket. Please keep following us.

  7. Now in Corona pandamic will all award show will do
    Will momoland are aloud to come to all show
    And blackpink , BTS and twice
    Exo and such other groups will they attend

    1. Hi,
      Due to the pandemic, most of the events are postponed to next year.
      We recommend you to keep checking the K-pop related articles for updates.

      Thank you.

        1. Hi,

          Not like other music awards, APAN Award is for both K-pop artists and actors/actresses who have appeared in dramas.

          Thank you.

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