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By my reckoning this will be B.A.P’s third live gig in London. Welcome back. B.A.P “Forever with BABYz” Tour Tuesday, 4 December 2018 from 18:00-22:00 | Buy tickets Troxy | 490 Commercial Road | London E1 0HX It’s time for B.A.P’s return to London and the UK with this special show at Troxy. Catch the […]

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The Top 5 Gothic KPOP Music Videos

by Colette Balmain 31 October 2018
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Dr Colette Balmain applies her specialism in Gothic Cinema to the world of KPOP – perfect for the Halloween season… ‘Gothic forces its readers, viewers, and listeners to identify the ghosts that haunt them…’ (Isabella van Elferan, 2012, Gothic Music, p. 15). 1. SHINee “Married to the Music” (2015) “Married to the Music” doesn’t sound […]

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KCC November House Concert: Julia Hwang

by Events Editor 31 October 2018
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November’s House Concert features Julia Hwang (violin) with Charles Matthews on piano. Julia Hwang & Charles Matthews Tuesday 27 November 2018, 7pm Korean Cultural Centre | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW (Entrance in Northumberland Avenue) Register via info@kccuk.org.uk Julia Hwang (Violin) Charles Matthews (Piano) Programme Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano […]

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Ravi of VIXX plays Vauxhall

by Events Editor 30 October 2018
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It’s turning out to be a great year for live music. Here’s the latest artist to include London in their international travels: Ravi of VIXX in London! + Young Bros Party Fire & Lightbox Complex | 6a South Lambeth Place | London SW8 1SP 9 November 2018 | Buy tickets 18:00 – 19:00 VVIP VIP […]

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The BTS Love Yourself o2 concert – a fresh perspective

by Gargi Sengupta 30 October 2018
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LKL’s young contributor Gargi Sengupta, who reported from the Sheffield Korea Day earlier this year, provides her second report – from the biggest KPOP event in London ever! On the 10th of October I went with my father to watch the BTS concert at the London o2. Since I have been a HUGE fan of […]

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Affective becomings and musical transformations: BTS take London

by Colette Balmain 23 October 2018
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Dr Colette Balmain, or maybe a ghost writer, reports from the biggest KPOP event in the UK this year: Taking the Plunge This is the first concert review that I have written although I have been to many concerts, some of which I have good memories of and others which I wish I could press […]

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Black String win Songlines Music Award

by Philip Gowman 22 October 2018
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Congratulations to Korean fusion group Black String, whose debut album on ACT, Mask Dance, won the Songlines Music Award in the Asia and Pacific category. Black String, who played at the 2017 K-music festival, were in town for the awards ceremony in Brixton on 20 October, where they played music from the album. Keywords: Musicians: […]

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BTS’s busy couple of weeks

by Philip Gowman 16 October 2018
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Korea’s biggest band: A speech for UNICEF at the United Nations on 24 September. The speech, by the band’s leader Kim Namjun (aka RM), ended as follows: Like most people, I’ve made many and plenty mistakes in my life. I have many faults and I have many […]

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The end of the journey: desire, recognition and redemption in BTS’s “IDOL”

by Colette Balmain 1 October 2018
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Dr Colette Balmain examines the culmination of the BTS Love Yourself series: “IDOL” is the lead single from BTS’s final album in the “Love Yourself” series. The series comprises one extended storyworld music video, Love Yourself 起 Wonder; one mini album, Love Yourself 承 Her; one full length album, Love Yourself 轉 Tear; and one […]

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KCC October House Concert: Salomé Quartet

by Events Editor 28 September 2018
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News of October’s House Concert at the KCC: Salomé Quartet Tuesday 23 October 2018, 7pm Korean Cultural Centre | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW (Entrance in Northumberland Avenue) Register via info@kccuk.org.uk Haim Choi: Violin Inês Delgado: Violin Katarzyna Ziminska: Viola Shizuku Tatsuno: Cello Programme Haydn String Quartet Op. 33 No. 1 […]

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KCC September House Concert: The Elpis Trio

by Events Editor 13 September 2018
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News of September’s House Concert at the KCC: Elpis Trio Tuesday 25 September 2018, 7pm Korean Cultural Centre | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW (Entrance in Northumberland Avenue) Register via info@kccuk.org.uk Sohyun Park – Piano | Sirius Chau – Flute | Hugo Lau – Clarinet The Elpis Trio comprises flautist Sirius […]

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K-Pop UK National Competition 2018

by Events Editor 21 August 2018
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This looks fun: separate from the UK round of the K-pop World Festival that was held earlier this summer, the Kingston-based organisation Korea British Cultural Exchange (KBCE) is organising a UK-specific national competition for K-pop dance and vocal covers. The finals will be held in Kingston at the end of October. K-Pop UK National Competition […]

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The Garden of the Forking Paths: Difference and Repetition in BTS “Epiphany”

by Colette Balmain 21 August 2018
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Dr Colette Balmain examines the BTS comeback trailer for Love Yourself 結 Answer: “Epiphany” is the comeback trailer for BTS’ last entry in the LOVE YOURSELF Series: Love Yourself 結 Answer. LOVE YOURSELF is a transmedia and multimedia project involving the expansion of the BTS Universe through the construction of a metafictional storyworld established by Music […]

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ZICO – King of the Zungle Tour comes to London

by Events Editor 20 August 2018
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ZICO returns to London in September. Tickets go on sale 22 August. ZICO – King of the Zungle Tour Friday 28 September 2018 – 6.30pm O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire | Shepherd’s Bush Green | London W12 8TT Buy tickets Keywords: Musicians: ZICO Other tags: London K-pop gigs

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BIGONE @ The Fiddler’s Elbow

by Events Editor 15 August 2018
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Kim Daeil aka Bigone will be at the intimate Fidler’s Elbow at the end of this month – up against the horror movie Gonjiam. The structure of these events is always a bit of a mystery to me, with doors opening (maybe only for some) at 5pm. There are no clues online as to what […]

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New Malden hosts Arirang Concert

by Events Editor 11 August 2018
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Your chance to hear the sohaegeum, the North Korean four-stringed haegeum. More information in Korean on the event’s Facebook page. Arirang Concert 22 Performances with South & North Korean, Chinese Artists Sunday 12 August 2018, 6:30pm St James Church Bodley Rd, New Malden KT3 5QD Ticket Price is 10 Pounds (Including Dinner Buffet) You Can […]

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K-music 2018: Youn Sun Nah + Hyelim Kim & Alice Zawadzki, 20 November @QEH

by Events Editor 10 August 2018
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The final concert of K-music 2018 is a double bill. After their amazing debut collaboration at K-music 2017, Hyelim Kim and Alice Zawadzki have a well-deserved reunion. Youn Sun Nah opened K-music 2016 with her regular on-stage partner Ulf Wakenius, and we look forward to her return this year. Youn Sun Nah + Hyelim Kim […]

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