Pop rock and indie

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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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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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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Gray, Loco, Woo Won Jae, DJ Pumkin in London

by Events Editor 1 July 2018
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Another live gig at the Troxy: Gray, Loco, Woo Won Jae, DJ Pumkin Saturday 21 July 2018, 7pm Troxy | 490 Commercial Road | London E1 0HX | Buy tickets Check for updates on the event’s Facebook page Cult of Ya is proud to present AOMG megastars Gray and Loco in London, supported by Woo […]

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2018 K-Pop World Festival: UK Regional Round

by Events Editor 24 June 2018
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Come and support the UK entrants for the K-Pop World Festival performing a range of K-pop cover acts. Separate from this competition, there’s also a UK specific competition with a grand final in Kingston in October this year. 2018 K-Pop World Festival: UK Regional Round Saturday 7 July 2018, 1:30pm – 5:30pm 229 The Venue […]

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Monsta X play the Hammersmith Apollo

by Events Editor 7 June 2018
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For those of you who didn’t manage to get tickets for BTS in October, is this a consolation? Monsta X World Tour comes to London Eventim Apollo 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH London, Sunday 17 June 2018, 8pm Tickets from £107 | Buy tickets After selling out their first European tour in 2017, South […]

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Jambinai in Robert Smith’s Meltdown

by Events Editor 6 June 2018
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It’s great that Jambinai now seem to be regular visitors here. But you’ll likely only catch them once this year, so don’t miss this chance to see them again, at the annual extremely diverse South Bank arts festival: Meltdown: Jambinai 16 Jun 2018, 7:45pm Purcell Room, South Bank Centre Tickets £15 | Booking fee: £2.50 […]

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BTS “Love Yourself” World Tour in London

by Events Editor 2 June 2018
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If you’re very lucky, you might still be able to get tickets for this, probably the biggest K-pop event in the UK this year. The website occasionally releases a few more for sale. BTS “Love Yourself” World Tour in London The O2 Arena 9 – 10 October 2018 Tickets BTS will kick off ‘LOVE YOURSELF’ […]

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Artistry, Creativity & Emotionality: Choreographies of the self in “Fake Love”

by Colette Balmain 31 May 2018
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Dr Colette Balmain examines the lead single from BTS’s Love Yourself 轉 Tear: “Fake Love” is the lead single from BTS’ third studio album Love Yourself 轉 Tear (they have also released three Japanese studio albums, two repackages, five EPs and two single albums to date) and follows, both temporally and thematically, the comeback trailer “Singularity” […]

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