Update (Oct. 15, 12:00PM ET): Monsta X has released a statement with their Korean label Starship Entertainment on social media that their performance for KAMP LA 2022 has been canceled as well as an upcoming event with iHeartRadio.
“Our company was made aware that our statement could be released only after the release of the organizers’ own announcement, but we decided that we could not delay our statement any longer for the fans who are waiting.
“Due to the same reason, iHeart Radio LIVE with Monsta X, which was originally scheduled to be on Oct. 17, is also inevitably canceled
“Please understand that. many other artists scheduled to appear at KAMP LA 2022 have also not received visa approval. We were unable to inform you earlier about the situation due to delays from the organizers. We would like to sincerely express our gratitude to Monsta X fans who always send us their unconditional love and support”
KAMP has not yet commented on Monsta X’s appearance.
The last official update from the festival came from regarding the updated set times for Day 1.
Update (Oct. 15, 12:33AM ET): KAMP LA 2022 shared the following update across its social media accounts regarding scheduled artists being unable to perform at its inaugural festival.
“To our KAMP LA 2022 ticket holders, we regret to inform you that we learned today that the following artists are unable to travel as planned due to the unforseen [sic] U.S. work visa issues and circumstances outside of the artists’ and promoters’ control: BamBam, Jeon Somi, Kai, Lapillus, Taeyeon and Zion.T. Most of these artists were scheduled to appear on Saturday’s lineup
“We have increased artist set lengths on Saturday and have added MOMOLAND and T1419 as special guests on Saturday as well. MOMOLAND and T1419 will both still perform Sunday as originally planned. Super Junior, iKON and P1Harmony will still be performing as scheduled on Saturday
“Anyone holding a single day Saturday ticket is entitled to a full refund or 50% refund off of a two-day ticket. For those seeking a refund, you should have received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org by 5PM PDT today as to how to request your refund. You will have until 12 noon PDT, on Saturday, October 15 to request your refund
“Shortly, we will share with you the revised Saturday schedule. We are doing our best to ensure that your KAMP LA 2022 experience remains an enjoyable and memorable one. We apologize for this very difficult and unforeseen circumstance. Please contact us for further inquiries.”
Organizers and artists performing at KAMP LA 2022 predicted it would be “the biggest K-pop event in U.S. history” — but the two-day festival set for Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl this weekend is quickly seeing its plans shift.
Over the last 24 hours, online chatter has intensified that most of the scheduled artists on the KAMP lineup were not photographed departing South Korea from any of its international airports. Adding to the fuel were social media posts from KAMP artists like BamBam and Jeon Somi, both of whom hinted at delays in their travel plans to the U.S.
According to a source, an organizer with the festival shared internally on Friday (Oct. 14) that multiple artists were having visa issues and will be unable to perform at KAMP LA 2022 this weekend. In the same internal communication, the organizer said they plan to offer refunds.
Of the 15 artists scheduled to perform at KAMP LA, only boy band iKON and soloist Chung Ha have been photographed departing Korea from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport over the last 24 hours. Five members of the boy band Super Junior were also photographed leaving Incheon, but not the full band.
Meanwhile, fellow boy band P1Harmony appear to be in the States already, having shared a photograph from their visit to San Diego radio station Channel 93.3 on Friday morning. Girl group aespa are also in the U.S., having attended NCT 127‘s concert at Newark’s Prudential Center on Thursday, and an event in New York City on Friday.
A representative for P1Harmony confirmed with Billboard that the band is planning to perform at KAMP, with rehearsals scheduled for Friday.
Meanwhile, BamBam confirmed via Twitter that he would not attend the festival and apologize to fans saying he is “really sorry for this situation” ahead of KAMP’s statement.
Billboard has reached out to KAMP for an official comment, as well as various reps for artists scheduled to perform.
KAMP LA was announced in August with a lineup also including Monsta X, Kai, Zion.T and girl group Lapillus. The mega-concert is a joint production from KAMP Global (the South Korea-based entertainment brand that aims to bring K-pop globally through festivals, live events, immersive experiences and artist representation) and partnership brand Eventim Live Asia.