2017 Kpop Calendar Overview

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Annual KPop Calendar: Events Overview for 2017

January

  • 12 — 6th Gaon Kpop Star Awards app voting begins (runs to February 19th)
  • 12 — GDA bangoceanapp voting closes
  • 13 — 31st GDA (Golden Disc Awards, Korea) Day 1
  • 14 — 31st GDA (Golden Disc Awards, Korea) Day 2
  • 15 — voting for Global V Live Top 10 awards ends (winners awarded individually on V Live between Jan 16-24)
  • 16 — ISAC (Idol Star Athletics Championships
  • 16 — 12th Annual Soompi Awards online voting ends (voting opened December 19th 2016)
  • 17 — SMA app voting ends (voting opened November 25th, 2016)
  • 17 — Voting for Shorty Awards begins
  • 18 — V Live Channel+ opens
  • 18 — Korean Hip Hop Awards online voting opens
  • 19 — 26th SMA (Seoul Music Awards)
  • 22 — 12th KKBOX Music Awards, Taiwan
  • 28 — Seolial (Lunar New Year)

February

  • 3 — Korean Hip Hop Awards online voting closes
  • 10 — High School Rapper begins (Mnet)
  • 16 — Voting for Shorty Awards ends
  • 19 — GAON KPop Star Awards app voting closes
  • 22 — 6th Gaon Chart Awards
  • 25 — 31st Japan Golden Disc Awards
  • 28 — 14th Korean Music Awards
  • TBA — 12th Soompi Awards (moved to March)

March

  • 1 — 12th Soompi Awards winners announced (web award)
  • 1 — Korean Independence Movement Day
  • 2 — 2017 One K Global Peace Concert (Manila)
  • 3 — Korea Cable TV Awards (COEX Auditorium Samseong Station)
  • 9 — South Korean President Park Geun Hye is impeached.
  • 17 — SXSW Kpop NIght Out
    • Lineup: Big Phony, Drunken Tiger with Yoon Mirae, Galaxy Express, Hyolyn (SISTAR), No Brain, Red Velvet.
  • 17, 18 — KCON Mexico
    • 17th Lineup: BTS, Eric Nam, EXID, NCT 127.
    • 18th Lineup: Astro, Infinite H, MONSTA X, Red Velvet
  • 22 — Salvage of Sewol Ferry ship begins.
  • 30 — President Park Geun Hye is arrested.
  • 31 — High School Rapper final episode (Mnet)

April

  • 7 — Produce 101 Season 2 begins (Mnet)
  • 8 — 5th YinYueTai V Chart Awards (China)
  • 8, 9, 10 — Hiphopplaya Fest, California, USA.
    • Line Up: CJamm, Dok2, Don Mills, Hash Swan, Jay Park, Justhis, Loco, Nafla, Nucksal, Sik-K, The Quiett
  • 14 — Yang Nam Awards
  • 15 — Hallyu Dream Con, Los Angeles (Staples Center)
  • 16 — Sewol Ferry Remembrance Day
  • 17 — former President Park Geun Hye is charged.
  • 19 — Hallyu Dream Con, New York (Prudential Center)
  • 22 — Hallyu Dream Con, Charlotte (TWC Arena, Spectrum Center)
  • 23 — 9th Shorty Awards, NYC (honors the best of Social Media)
  • 24 — Weibo begins it’s own Billboard chart for China in collaboration with Nielsen.
  • 29 — 15th Korea Times Music Festival (Hollywood Bowl, CA, USA)
    • Line Up: Apink, Block B, Cho Hang Jo, Chu Ga Yeoul, DJ Doc, Gummy, Kim Yeong Im, Min Kyung Hoong, NCT 127, Skull & HaHa, Tiffany, VICTON.
  • (Assumed) – KCON Japan

May

  • 1 — Online voting for BBMAs opens
  • 5 — Baeksang Arts Awards
  • 6 — KPop Festival in MYANMAR
  • 9 — South Korean Special Elections
  • 12, 13 — TkC17 (Toronto KPop Con 2017)
    • Line Up: BTOB, EXID, KARD
  • 15 — Instiz iChart rule change (Soribada, Olleh, & Monkey3 are removed. Naver scores now worth x2). Soribada is kept in. There will be a Soribada Award this fall.
  • 19 — Korean Special Presidential Election
  • 19, 20, 21 — KCON Japan (Chiba)
    • Friday Lineup: Apeace, Astro, BTOB, DAY6, JunHo (2pm), Pristin, SF9, VICTON
    • Saturday Lineup: Apink, Babylon,  CLC, CNBLUE, GOT7, Heize, Lovelyz, MONSTA X
    • Sunday Lineup: Block B, Code-V, GFriend, K,Will, Pentagon, Seventeen Boys 24 Unit Black, WJSN
  • 21– BBMA (Billboard Music Awards)
  • TBA – Hallyu Dream Festival (Korea)

Kcon

June

  • 3 — 2017 Dream Concert 6pm KST. (Seoul World Cup Stadium). Broadcast on SBS
    •  Host: Lee Sun Bin
    • Lineup: EXO, Gugudan, Leetuck (SuJu) NCT 127, NCT Dream, Pristin, Red Velvet, S.Coups (Seventeen), Taemin (SHINee),  TWICE, 
  • 6 — Mwave MAMA Preliminary voting begins
  • 8 — Korean Memorial Day
  • 10 — Bangkok Super Live
  • 10, 11 — Ultra Korea Music Festival (Seoul)
  • 12 — Billboard Philippines (BillboardPH) opens officially (was launched in Sept 2016). Chart ranking is updated Monday mornings.
  • 16 — Produce 101 Season 2 final episode (Mnet)
  • 19 — GAON announces it will not count USBs as physical albums. They will count on the digital charts instead.
  • 22, 23, 24 — Asian Model Awards Festival
  • 23, 24 — KCON NY (Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey)
    • 23rd Lineup: GFriend, Highlight, KNK, SF9, Zion.T
    • 24th Lineup: CNBLUE, NCT 127, TWICE, UP10TION
  • 30 — SMTM 6 (Show Me The Money season 6) begins (Mnet)
  • (Assumed) – KCON Paris

July

  • (Assumed) – KCON LA
  • 1 — RAPBEAT Australia (Heize, Jay Park, Loco, Ravi, Zion.T)
  • 1 — MCountown voting changed (Mnet). Now, artists who are ending  promotion are no longer eligible.
  • 7 — Super PopCon Manilia (B1A4, BAP, BTOB, Pentagon, VIXX)
  • 8 — London Korean Fest (EXID, Highlight, KNK, Snuper)
  • 8 — SMTOWN (Seoul World Cup Stadium)
  • 13 — Idol School begins (Mnet)
  • 20 — Soribada Award voting opens
  • 29 — Weibo officially leaves GAON.
  • 31 — 44th Korean Broadcasting Awards

August

  • 3 — Korean Consumer Forum 15th Brand of the Year Awards
  • 4 — Music Bank Singapore
  • 5 — SMTOWN Hong Kong
  • 10,11,12,13,14,15 — JIMFF (Jecheon International Music & Film Festival)
  • 11 — K-Content Expo Europe
  • 12 — 13th JIMFF Award Ceremony (Jecheon Internationa Music & Film Festival)
  • 11, 12, 13 — Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (Moonlight Festival Park, Songdo, Incheon)
  • 11, 12, 13 — Busan International Rock Festival (Samnak Ecology Park, Busan)
  • 12, 13 — DMZ Peace Concert (Imjingak Pyeonghoa-nuri Park)
  • 13 — 2017 Teen Choice Awards (LA, CA, USA)
  • 15 — Korean Liberation Day
  • 18, 19,  20 — KCON  LA
  • 25, 26 — 2nd Jeju Music Festival
  • 27 — MTV Video Music Awards (LA, CA, USA)
  • 31 — Soribada Music Award voting ends (changed 18 August)

September

  • 2 — Music Bank Jakarta
  • 4 — South Korean broadcasting strike on KBS and MBC begins
  • 4 — Korea Broadcaster Awards (2 categories Actor Award and Artist Award can be given to KPop idols). Cancelled due to strike.
  • 4, 11 — Chuseok ISAC XIV filming (Idol Star Athlete Championships)
  • 7 — Seoul Drama Awards
  • 7 — 15th Brand of the Year Awards
  • 9 — INK 2017 (Incheon KPop Concert)
  • 10 — Soribada Music Award voting ends
  • 10 — Soribada Award winners announced
  • 16 — VH1 India begins their 1st KPop show: KPOPP’D
  • 16.17.18.19.20.21.22.23.24 — 2017 DMC Festival (the concert  has been cancelled due to planned strikes beginning 4 September)
  • 19 — Finalist voting for K-Pop World Festival begins
  • 20 — 1st Soribada Best K-Music Awards, Jamsil Gymnasium
  • 22, 23 — KCON Australia
    • 19th Linup: Girl’s Day SEVENTEEN, SF9, Super Junior D&E, VIXX, WJSN
    • 20th Lineup: Astro, GOT7, Heize, KARD, NCT 127, Wanna One.
  • 23, 24 — Melody Forest Camp Festival 2017 (Jara Island)
    • 23rd Lineup: Buzz, Eddy Kim, Giant Pink, Jang Jane, Mark (NCT), Parc Jae Jung, PERC%NT, Red Velvet, Shin Seung Hoon, Snowball Project, ZICO.
    • 24th Lineup: Cho Hyung Woo, Jang Hee Eun, Jong Shin & Park Sang Don, JeA, Kim Gun Mo, Minseo, Park Joo Won, PERC%NT, Puer Kim, Son Tae Jin. 
  • 22, 23, 24 — Asia Song Festival. (Busan)
    • 23rd Lineup: BewhY, Eddy Kim, San E, Vanilla Acoustic.
    • 24th Lineup: Dynamic Duo, The East Light, EXO, Mamamoo, Taeyeon (SNSD), Hosted by Leeteuk (SuJu) and Jackson (GOT7).
  • 29 — K-Pop World Festival (Changwon)
    • Lineup: Apink, B1A4, BlackPink, BTOB, EXID, EXO-CBX, FT Island, GFriend, Highlight, NCT 127, Red Velvet, TWICE, Wanna One, Winner.
  • 30 — Fandom School Music Festival. Day 1 (Gocheok Sky Dome)
  • 30 — Fandom School app vote for SMA begins
  • TBA — Hallyu Dream Festival (projected month)

October SHINeeChuseok

  • 1 —  Fandom School Music Festival. Day 2
  • 3,4,5 — Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)
  • TBA — air date ISAC XIV (Idol Star Athlete Championships. Airs during Chuseok) Cancelled due to strike.
  • 8(?) — Asia Song Festival (Expected date)
  • 13 — AAA (Asia Artist Awards) app voting opens
  • 16 — preliminary SMA app vote ends (Fandom School app)
  • 17 — SMA app vote official begins (Fandom School app. Vote will run through to January)
  • 19 — MAMA voting opens (rescheduled due to site crashes)
  • 20 — MAMA voting opens
  • 22 — 10 year anniversary of “2 Days 1 Night” (KBS)
  • 22 ~31 — BOF/ Busan One Asia Festival
    • 22nd Lineup: Apink, Astro, B.A.P, BlackPink, GFriend, Sechskies, Wanna One
    • 29th Lineup: Ailee, Baek Ji Young, Bolbbalgan4, Husky Brothers, Kim Taewoo, Red Velvet, Yurisangja. 
  • 26 — MMA (MelOn Music Awards) app vote for the Top 10 begins (preliminary voting)
  • 27 — “MIXNINE” 1st episode airs (JTBC)
  • 27 — The Seoul Drama Awards
  • 28 — “The Unit” 1st episode airs (KBS)
  • 30 — Korean Popular Culture And Arts Awards winners announced. Ceremony 3 November.
  • 31 — BOF Awards (Busan One Asia Festival)

November

  • 01 — PyeongChang Winter Olympic D-100 Concert (Lineup includes BTS, EXO, & TWICE).
  • 03 — MAMA vote suspended from 4am to 8am KST. (Mnet claims they only removed “illegal” votes, but many voters showed proof their legitimate accounts had been blocked and/or voting history was deleted.)
  • 03 — Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards (Korea Creative Content Agency)
  • 04 — 2017 Dream Concert (AKA: the Super Seoul Dream Concert. PyeongChang). D-100 Olympic concert.
    • Lineup: Ailee, ASTRO, Baek Ji Young, B.A.P, B.I.G, CLC, DIA, DJ Doc, EXID, EXO-CBX, gugudan, HALO, Laboum, MONSTA X, NRG, NU’EST W, Pristin, Red Velvet, Sunmi, TRCNG, VIXX, Wanna One, Weki Meki.
  • 06 — MMA Kakao Hot Star vote begins.
  • 06 — Winners announced for 2018 Korean First Brand Awards (Korean Customer Council). Ceremony will be in December.
  • 09 — KBS Music Bank will now stream live via Twitter every Friday from 5p-6:30p KST.
  • 10 — Mnet has a second round of blocking IPs for MAMA vote
  • 11 — SBS PopAsia Awards voting begins
  • 12 —  24th MTV Europe Music Awards (Best Korean Act category)
  • 12 — MMA Top 10 voting ends (preliminary round). Category award votes now open. (MelOn Music Awards)
  • 13 — Voting for PKCI opens (Philippine KPop Awards)
  • 13 — Mnet launches a new Mwave app for voting for MAMA
  • 13 — MBC President, Kim Jang Gyeom is voted out by board and fired.
  • 13 —  Voting for MMA begins (MelOn Music Awards)
  • 13 — MBC President, Kim Jang Gyeom, voted out by board and removed. (This is day 71 of strike. Workers expected to return.)
  • 14 — Mnet MAMA vote “crashes”. When vote resumes many votes are missing. China IPs have now been blocked in response to their trending complaints on Weibo.
  • 15 — 2nd AAA (Asian Artist Awards. Jamsil Gymnasium)
  • 20 — AMAs (American Music Awards, Broadcast on Mnet for Korean viewing. This is the first time AMAs have been broadcast in Korea.)
  • 20 — MMA voting closes 
  • 22 — MAMA voting closes
  • 25 — 19th MAMA Awards day 1 in Vietnam (Mnet Asian Music Awards)
  • 28 — Grammy nominees announced
  • 28 — Mnet MAMA voting closes.
  • 29 – 19th MAMA Awards day 2 in Osaka (Mnet Asian Music Awards)
  • 30 – 19th MAMA Awards day 3 in Hong Kong (Mnet Asian Music Awards)
  • All Month — SBS PopAsia Award winners announced (web award, completely based on fanvotes)

December

  • 1 — 19th MAMA Awards day 4 in Hong Kong (Mnet Asian Music Awards)
  • 2 — 9th MMA (MelOn Music Awards. Gocheok Sky Dome, Korea.)
  • 4 — Korean Golden Tweet Award (web award)
  • 5 — 9th Korea Content Awards (COEX Mall, presented by Korea Creative Content Agency and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism)
  • 10 — voting for PKCI closes
  • 10 — GDA voting begins (Korean Golden Disc Awards)
  • 11 — 27th SMA voting opens
  • 17 — 9th PKCI (Philippine KPOP Awards)
  • 17 — SBS PopAsia Awards voting ends
  • 17 — Voting for Global VLive Top 10 opens
  • 18 — KBS Drama Awards voting opens
  • 20 — Korean Billboard Chart relaunch
  • 21 — Korean Customer Council’s 2018 Korean First Brand Awards
  • 22 — Music Station Super Live (TV Asahi, Japan). 7pm JST
    • Lineup includes: BTS & TWICE (only Korean artists attending) along with AKB48, Perfume, Hey! Say! JUMP!, LUNA SEA, aiko, EXILE THE SECOND, Little Glee Monster, X JAPAN, and more.
  • 22 — Naver Music Awards (web award)
  • 25 — Christmas
  • 25 — SAF (SBS Awards Festival)8pm KST (Gocheok Sky Dome)
    • note: This event usually takes place over several days
    • Lineup: B1A4, B.A.P, BTOB, BTS, BlackPink, EXO, GFriend, GOT7, Highlight, MONSTA X, Red Velvet, TWICE, VIXX, Wanna One. 
  • 25 — KBS Drama Awards vote ends
  • 25– SBS Gayo Daejeon, 6p KST (end year song festival)
    • Hosts: IU & Yoo Hee Yeol.
    • Lineup: BlackPink, Bolbbalgan4, BTOB, BTS, EXO, GFriend, GOT7, Heize, Lee Juck, NCT 127, Red Velvet, Sunmi, TWICE, Uhm Jung Hwa, Wanna One, & Winner.
  • 29 — MBC Entertainment Awards 
    • Hosts: Heechul, Yang Se Hyung, Han Hye Jin
  • 29 — KBS Gayo Daechukje, 8:30p KST (end year song festival)
    • Lineup: BTS, EXO, GFriend, Hwang Chi Yeul, HyunA, Mamamoo, Red Velvet, Seventeen, Taemin, TWICE, & Wanna One.
  • 30 — SBS Entertainment Awards
  • 31 — New Year’s Eve
  • 31 –– MBC Gayo Daejejun (end year song festival)
    • Hosts: Suho, Yoona, Cha Eun Woo. 
    • Lineup: Apink, Astro, B.A.P, Bolbbalgan4, BTOB, BTS, Cosmic Girls, EXID, EXO, GFriend, GOT7, HyunA, Hwang Chi Yeul, Lovelyz, Mamamoo, MONSTA X, NCT 127, No Brain, Pristin, Red Velvet, Sechskies, Seenroot, Seventeen, Sunmi, Teen Top, TWICE, Urban Zakapa, VIXX, Wanna One, Winner,  & Zion.T.
  • 31 — SBS Drama Awards
    • Hosts: Shin Dong Yup & Lee Bo Young
  • 31 — KBS Yeon Gi Daesang (Drama Awards), 9:15p KST.
    • Hosts: Park Bo Gum & Kim Yoo Jung
  • 31 — Hanteo Album & Singer Awards (web award)
  • 31– voting for Global V Live Top 10 voting ends
  • TBA — KBS Entertainment Awardscancelled 12 December

 

Note: World Music Awards – The World Music Awards were cancelled for the years 2015 and 2016. The foundation which runs the awards still appears to be active. We will keep you posted should they decide to resume in 2017. The month of the ceremony has varied in the past from May to September.

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