Pop rock and indie

Singer-songwriter Grazy Grace comes to Camden: GRAZY GRACE concert in London Saturday 9 March, 2019 Camden Assembly | 49 Chalk Farm Rd | London NW1 8AN General admission: £20 (includes hi-touch with Grace) VIP tickets: £45 (Meet & Greet + Signing Session + Group photo of 5) Tickets on sale: January 12th at 12PM GMT […]

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EPIK HIGH 2019 European Tour comes to London

by Events Editor 8 January 2019
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Tickets are currently on sale for EPIK HIGH’s London appearance in March: EPIK HIGH, a 3-member hip-hop group led by rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer Tablo. Debuted in 2001, EPIK HIGH is unarguably the pioneer in the Korean hip-hop scene. Their album ‘EPILOGUE’ took over iTunes and reached #1 on iTunes hip-hop/rap album chart. The […]

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A review of the London Korean cultural year 2018

by Philip Gowman 28 December 2018
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Every year at this stage in the year, I look back on the cultural highlights, whether they be live performances, exhibitions, movies or books that I have encountered over the past twelve months. Every year I lament that I’ve been unable to cover everything, that I’m getting slower and that there’s been even more to […]

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Crush European Tour @ Kentish Town Forum

by Events Editor 23 December 2018
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Miss Vogue recently compiled a list of All the Korean Artists You Need To Know Now, which includes DEAN, Zico, Holland … and Crush. You can catch Crush live in London in January: Crush: Europe Tour Hosted by Cult of Ya Sunday, 20 January 2019 from 18:00-23:00 O2 Forum Kentish Town | 9-17 Highgate Road […]

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DAY6 1st world tour ‘Youth’ @ Kentish Town Forum

by Events Editor 22 December 2018
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Day6, the five-member boy band from the JYP stable, make their London debut on 25 January. O2 Forum Kentish Town | 9-17 Highgate Road | London NW5 1JY Friday, 25 January 2019. 17:30 – 22:00 Tickets £85 – £158 | Book tickets Keywords: Musicians: Day6 Organisations and venues: Kentish Town Forum Other tags: London K-pop […]

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It will pass, someday: Gothic ethereality and introspection in RM’s Mono

by Colette Balmain 6 December 2018
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RM’s second mixtape, Mono, dropped on 23 October 2018 almost two and a half years after the self-titled RM, which was released on 20 March 2015. Mono was accompanied by a music video for the final track “Forever Rain” with lyric videos released for “Seoul” and “Moonchild” on 23 and 24 October respectively. It followed J-Hope’s earlier […]

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Simon Dominic, ELO, DJ Pumkin in London

by Events Editor 17 November 2018
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Cult of Ya is happy to present Korean hip hop megastar Simon Dominic’s debut European show in London, supported by ELO and DJ Pumkin. One of the founding artists of AOMG alongside Jay Park, Simon Dominic has dropped incredible hits including “Simon Dominic”, “Won & Only” and numerous tracks with Jay Park, Gray, Loco, Bewhy, […]

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B.A.P “Forever with BABYz” Tour in London

by Events Editor 5 November 2018
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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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Radio Kimchi Kpop fair

by Events Editor 3 November 2018
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Radio Kimchi UK hosts what is said to be the UK’S only K-Pop radio show from their base in Kingston / New Malden. This is their first major physical event. Stay up to date by checking out the event’s Facebook page K-POP Fair 2018 Sun 25th Nov at 2:00pm – 5:30pm O2 Academy | Islington […]

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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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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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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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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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