For North American fans of K-pop, concert opportunities are often few and far between. Things are getting a bit better in 2019, though, and this year is off to a bright start with a wide array of artists planning to hit up the touring and festival circuits in a variety of cities throughout the first half of the year. Excitingly, this year will be the first time in three years that K-pop girl groups will be holding multi-city tours. And it’s not only K-pop, but Korean hip-hop artists set to tour as well.
While there will surely be more tours announced in the coming weeks, here are just some of the upcoming shows featuring acts from South Korea taking place in North America this year.
The “Really Really” quartet are kicking off 2019 with the Stateside leg of their Everywhere tour, just a few weeks after dropping their song “Millions.” The first time they’re touring in the U.S., their first show will take place on Tuesday in Seattle at the Paramount Theater. WINNER will then hold shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Toronto before heading to New York for the final show at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
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— WINNERCITY (@yg_winnercity) January 11, 2019
Last year saw this seven-member team release their duo of refreshing singles “Remember Me” and “Secret Garden,” and now they’re joining the big leagues by becoming the first K-pop girl group to hold a tour in the U.S. since Apink did so in 2016. Oh My Girl will kick off their first U.S. tour on Jan. 18 in Atlanta, then head to Chicago, Houston, Indio, Calif., and San Jose before the month’s end.
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Fans of hip-hop will be able to catch some of South Korea’s most popular artists, as Loopy, Nafla, Mommy Son, Nucksal and Deepflow hold shows in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Toronto at the end of January and early February.
Simon Dominic, Gray, Loco, Woo and DJ Wegun of AOMG, Jay Park’s label, have two U.S. shows at the end of this month. The hip-hop and R&B crew will perform in New York City at Terminal 5 on Jan. 24, then head to The Belasco in Los Angeles on Jan. 26. They’ll be bookended by shows in Toronto and Vancouver.
The duo, which rose to prominence after appearing on the 2017 season of the popular Korean competition series Produce 101, kick off their tour on Jan. 18 in Minneapolis then will head to Jersey City, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and San Jose. This may be the only chance Stateside fans have to see MXM as a pair, since Im Youngmin and Kim Donghyun are expected to be joining a boy band soon with Brand New Music labelmates Lee Daehwi and Park Woojin, who were until recently part of temporary boy band Wanna One.
One of the most highly anticipated tours of the year, Red Velvet’s Redmare tour will kick off on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. The quintet will then head around the country throughout the rest of the month as they take to Dallas, Miami, Chicago and Newark with a set list full of hits, like “Bad Boy” and “Dumb Dumb.”
Don’t miss the chance to meet Red Velvet in USA!!
‘Red Velvet 2nd Concert [REDMARE] in USA’ will be coming soon!!
— Red Velvet (@RVsmtown) November 5, 2018
The newly revamped boy band will heat up some “Lonely Night”s in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, and New York during the last week of February and start of March.
The Girls’ Generation soloist will teach audiences about the next leg of her career with her Lips on Lips “mini showcase” tour that begins in Toronto on March 3. She then will head to New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles throughout the rest of the month.
The popular girl group and the prominent indie rockers will appear at both weekends of Coachella in April. BLACKPINK, the first-ever K-pop group to play Coachella, also recently announced that they’ll be touring in North America, but have yet to announce any further information or dates.
— Coachella (@coachella) January 3, 2019
The boy band recently announced they’ll be heading to North America in April and May and will hold shows in Toronto, Jersey City, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.