2018 KPop Calendar

Annual KPop Calendar: Events Overview for 2018

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January 2018

  • 1 — New Year’s Day
  • 1 — New Gaon Policy takes effect. USB devices and other non-traditional downloads will now be calculated as albums rather than streaming. Streaming values will now have more weight since it is the major form of music consumption.
  • 5 — GDA voting closes (Korean Golden Disc Awards)
  • 8 — 7th Gaon KPop Star Awards app voting begins
  • 9 — iHeart Radio Awards voting opens 
  • 10 — (Korean) 32nd Golden Disc Awards Day 1, Song Awards. 5pm KST (MoAA. Manila, PH KINTEX. Ilsan KR). Broadcast on JTBC. *venue change was due to untrustworthy ticket sales from MoAA and MoAA partners.
    Hosts: Lee Seung Gi  & Lee Sung Kyung
    Lineup: IU, TWICE, Wanna One Yoon Jong Shin.
  • 10 –– iHeartRadion Music Awards voting opens
  • 11 —  (Korean) 32nd Golden Disc Awards Day 2, Album Awards. 5pm KST (MoAA. Manila, PH KINTEX. Ilsan, KR). Broadcast on JTBC.
    Hosts: Sung Si Kyung & Kang SoRa
    Lineup: BTS, EXO, GOT7, SEVENTEEN
  • 15 — recording for 2018 Lunar New Year ISACs begin
    Field MCs: Bomi (Apink), Jun Hyun Moo, Leeteuk (Super Junior)
    Bowling MCs: Hani (EXID), Sunggyu (Infinite)
    Male Lineup includes: ASTRO, The Boyz, NLK, BTOB, The Eastlight, Golden Child, IMFACT, IN2IT, KNK, MONSTA X, MVP, MYTEEN, NCT 127, NU’EST W, ONF, Rainz, ROMEO, Seventeen, Snuper, TopSecret, UP10TION, Victon, VIXX.
    Female Lineup includes: 1NB, APRIL, Baby Boo, BerryGood, Busters, CLC, DIA, DreamCatcher, Elris, FAVORITE, Gate9, GFriend, gugudan, HASH TAG, H.U.B, Kriesha Chu, LABOUM, Lovelyz, Minseo, Momoland, Oh My Girl, Pristin, Red Velvet, S.I.S, TWICE, Weki Meki, WJSN, Yuseol.
  • 16 —  Shorty Awards voting opens
  • 19 — CJ E&M launch of new entertainment channel:  XtvN
  • 20 — 13th KKBOX Music Awards (KKBOX Billboard, Kaohsiung Dome, Taiwan)
  • 22 — SMA app voting closes
  • 23 — Global VLive Top 10 winners announced 
  • 23 — Soompi Popularity Award vote opens (web award)
  • 25 — 27th SMAs (Seoul Music Awards).  7pm KST. (Gocheok Sky Dome)
    Lineup: BLACKPINK, BTS,, EXO, JBJ, MXM, NU’EST W, VIXX, Wanna One. WINNER. More TBA.
  • 28 — 60th Grammy Awards

February

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  • 7 — Korean Hip Hop Awards
  • 9 — 2018 Winter Olympics begin (PyeongChang)
  • 11 — 7th GAON KPop Star Awards app voting closes
  • 14 — 7th GAON Chart Music Awards (Jamsil Stadium, Seoul) 7pm KST
  • 15 — Seolial holiday begins
  • 15 — Lunar New Year ISAC Day 1 (MBC, 5:40p KST)
  • 16 — Lunar New Year ISAC Day 2 (MBC, 5:10p KST)
  • 16 — Seolial (Lunar New Year)
  • 20 — 13th Soompi Awards vote ends (popularity voted web award)
  • 22 – Voting for Shorty Awards ends 11:59 EST
  • 25 — 2018 Winter Olympics end
  • 26 — 32nd Japan Golden Disc Awards
  • 28 — 15th Korean Music Awards. Guro Arts Valley Theater, 7pm KST. Broadcast will be in March on EBS.

March

  • 1 — Korean Independence Movement Day
  • 4 — iHeart Radio award voting ends
  • 9 — 2018 Winter Paralympics begin
  • 11 — iHeartRadio Music Awards
  • 12-18 — SXSW
    Confirmed artists: CIFKA, Jay Park, Keith Ape, Luna Lee, pH-1, Say Sue Me, Sik-K, SsingSsing, Woodie GoChiild
  • 15 — CJ E&M opens Mnet Star Live (a competitor app for Naver’s VLive). Mnet owned Wanna One will be the first guest.
  • 15 — Snow Festival In March (Gangneung Haeram Cultural Center, Gangwon Province). Aired on Arirang 
    Confirmed artists: B1A4, BTOB, Hongseok (Pentagon), Girlkind, Samuel Kim, Stephanie.
  • 17 — SXSW Kpop Night Out
  • 18 — 2018 Winter Paralympics end
  • TBA — 13th Soompi Awards (web award) — moved to April
  • TBA — 2018 One K Global Concert (song & campaign released but concert postponed until next year)
  • TBA — KCON Mexico (expected month)

April

  • TBA — 6th YinYueTai V Chart Awards (China) — postponed
  • 6 — SMTOWN Dubai (Autism Rocks Arena)
    Confirmed artists: BoA, EXO, Girls’ Generation (SNSD), Henry, Kangta, Red Velvet, SHINee, Super Junior, TRAX, TVXQ.
  • 7 — Hiphopplaya Fest (Nanji Hangang Park, Seoul)
  • 12 & 13 — Korean Cable TV Awards 
  • 13 — KCON Japan
    Confirmed artists: ChungHa, Gugudan, Momoland, PENTAGON, RAINZ, Samuel, Wanna One, WJSN
  • 14 — KCON Japan
    Confirmed artists: BLK, fromis_9, GFriend, IMFACT, SEVENTEEN, Sik_K, Stray Kids, TRCNG, WooYoung (2PM)
  • 15 — KCON Japan
    Confirmed artists: Golden Child, Heize, IN2IT, Monsta X, N.Flying, SF9, SunMi, THE BOYZ, TWICE
  • 15 — 10th Shorty Awards, NYC (honors the best of Social Media) 6p EDT
  • 16 — Sewol Ferry Remembrance Day
  • 16 — 13th Soompi Awards (web award) – presented on YouTube.
  • 27 — 8th Asian Awards (London, UK)
  • 28 — 16th Korea Times Music Festival (Hollywood Bowl, CA, USA)
    Confirmed artists: Chu Ga Yeoul, Baek Ji Young, BtoB, EXID, Jinjo Crew, John Park, Kim BumSoo, Lee Eun Mi, NCT 127, Park Hyun Bin, Rain, Red Velvet, Rose Motel.
  • TBA — Hallyu Dream Con, New York, LA, & Charlotte (Charlotte concert moved to Novmeber. No word on the other 2.)

May

  • 3 — 54th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • 6 — Children’s Day (Korea)
  • 6 — 2018 Asia Model Awards Festival , 7pm KST.
    Confirmed attendees: BTOB, fromis_9, GFRIEND, Han Bo Reum, Han Hey Jin, Jasper Cho. Jeong Jinwoon, Kim Min Kyu, Kyungri, Lee Yi Kyung, Nana, NU’EST W, Park Jung Min, Pyo Ye Jin, Sung Hoon, Tony Ahn, UNB, Yoon Hee Jung.
  • 12 — 24th Dream Concert 2018 (Seoul World Cup Stadium)
    Confirmed artists: ASTRO, DIA, B.A.P, The Boyz, GFRIEND< Golden Child, Lovelyz, MAMAMOO, MXM, Red Velvet, SEVENTEEN, Taemin (SHINee), TRCNG, UNB, UNI.T, Wheesung, Younha.
  • 14 — Online voting for BBMAs opens
  • 19 — TkC18 (Toronto KPop Con 2018) Day 1. (Metro Toronto Convention Center)
  • 20 — TkC18 (Toronto KPop Con 2018) Day 2. (Metro Toronto Convention Center)
  • 20 — BBMA (Billboard Music Awards). Moving from ABC to NBC in partner with Dick Clark Productions (LA, CA. USA)
  • TBA – Hallyu Dream Festival (Korea)

June

  • 6 — Korean Memorial Day
  • 8, 9, 10 — Ultra Korea Music Festival (Seoul)
  • 13 — Korean Election Day (National Assembly)
  • 13 — online voting for Teen Choice awards begins
  • 13 — app voting for Korean Brand of the Year Awards ends
  • 15 — Produce 48 begins (Mnet. 11pm KST.)
  • 20 — voting for Soribada Awards opens (app vote)
  • 23 — KCON NY (Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey)
    Confirmed artists: Heize, Pentagon, Red Velvet, Stray Kids, Super Junior
  • 24 — KCON NY (Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey)
    Confirmed artists: EXID, fromis_9, Golden Child, NCT 127, Wanna One
  • 28, 29, 30 — K Content EXPO (Thailand), Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre
  • TBA — Mwave MAMA Preliminary voting begins (KpG Note: some preliminary voting has been going all year, but it is possible an additional layer of voting will be added)

July

  • 11 — Korean music streaming sites under the Gaon Chart Policy will now “freeze” chart services from 1am to 7am KST. This applies to Bugs, Genie, Melon, Mnet, Naver, Soribada.
  • 14 — preliminary voting for Changwon K-Pop World Festival begins
  • 17 — Korean Constitution Day
  • 24 — 16th  Korean Consumer Forum Brand of the Year Awards, Seoul
  • 31 — 44th Korean Broadcasting Awards (2 categories; Actor Award and Artist Award, can be given to KPop idols)
  • TBA — Super PopCon Manilia
  • TBA — Soribada Award voting opens (expected month) moved to June

August

  • 1 & 2 — 2018 KMF/Korea Music Festival (Gocheok Sky Dome)
    Confirmed artists: APink, BTOB, Gugudan, EXID, iKON, MAMAMOO, MOMOLAND, NCT, Pentagon, SHINee, SF9, TWICE, Wanna One, WJSN.
  • 9 — 14th JIMFF Award Ceremony (Jecheon Internationa Music & Film Festival)
  • 9-14 — JIMFF (Jecheon International Music & Film Festival)
  • 10-12 — Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (Moonlight Festival Park, Songdo, Incheon)
  • 10-12 — Busan International Rock Festival (Samnak Ecology Park, Busan)
  • 10 — KCON LA (Staples Center and LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California)
  • 11 — KCON LA (Staples Center and LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California)
  • 11 — DMZ Peace Concert (Imjingak Pyeonghoa-nuri Park)
  • 12 — KCON LA (Staples Center and LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California)
  • 12 — 2018 Teen Choice Awards (LA, CA, USA)
  • 15 — Korean Liberation Day
  • 15 — MBC Broadcast of DMZ Peace Concert
  • 17 — Soribada Music Awards voting ends (voting extended)
  • 19, 20 — Chuseok ISAC XV filming
    MC: LeeTeuk (SuJu), NaYeon (TWICE), Jeon HyunMoopore)
    Boy Groups: 14U, Astro, Golden Child, IN2IT, Kim DongHan, MYTEEN, MXM, NCT, NU’EST, ONF, Seventeen, Stray Kids, Target, The BOYZ, UNB, UP10TION, VIXX, Wanna One
    Girl Groups: APRIL, CLC, Dreamcatcher, Elris, fromis_9, GBB, GFriend, G(I)-DLE, GIRLKIND, Gugudan, GWSN, H.U.B, KHAN, Limesoda, MOMOLAND, PRISTIN, Red Velvet, TWICE, Weki Meki, WJSN
  • 20 — MTV Video Music Awards (Radio City Music Hall. NY, USA)
  • 24– Soribada Music Awards voting ends
  • 27 — 45th Korean Broadcasting Awards Winner announced (2 categories; Actor Award and Artist Award, can be given to KPop idols)
  • 30 — 2nd Soribada Best K-Music Awards
  • 30 — MBC & Genie Music announce a new end of year award: the MGA Awards (MBC + Genie Awards). To be held in November.
  • 31 — Produce 48 last episode (Mnet)
  • TBA — K-Content Expo Europe
  • TBA — 3rd Jeju Music Festival

September

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  • 1 — INK 2018 (Incheon KPop Concert)
    Confirmed Lineup: AOA, ASTRO, B.A.P, CLC, fromis_9, G(I)-DLE, Hwang ChiYeul, Jeong SeWoon, MOMOLAND, NCT 127, N.Flying, Nu’est W, PENTAGON, Pristin V, Red Velvet, SF9, Stray Kids, TRCNG, Weki Meki, WJSN.
  • 3 —  Seoul International Drama Awards (KBS)
  • 3 — 45th Korean Broadcasting Awards. SBS, 3pm KST (2 categories; Actor Award and Artist Award, can be given to KPop idols)
  • 5 — People’s Choice Awards preliminary voting begins (online write in submission allowed for certain categories)
  • 5,6,7,8,9 — 2018 DMC Festival, Digital Media City, Sangam, MBC
    5th – Super Concert: Dynamic Duo, Forestella, GFriend, Kai, Kim Kyung Ho Band, Red Velvet, Rhythm Power, Sohyang, Wanna One, Wheesung

    6th – Radio DJ Concert: Bae Chul Soo, Jung Seung Hwan, Kim Hyun Chul, Kim Jae Dong, Kim Shin Young, Yang Yoseob (Highlight), Yiruma

    7th – King of Masked Singer

    8th – MBC Korean Music Wave: Chungha, iKON, Lovelyz, NCT, Shinhwa, Sunmi, TWICE *Broadcast 7:30 KST*

    9th – A.M.N Big Concert: *Lineup TBA*
  • 7 — Dancing High begins airing on KBS
  • 7-9 — HallyuPopFest 2018 (Singapore)
    MC: Eric Nam, Confirmed artists: APink, BTOB, Dreamcatcher, Gugudan, Jeong SeWoon, MYTEEN SoYou, Yu SeungWoo.
  • 14 — People’s Choice Awards preliminary voting ends
  • 19 — preliminary vote begins for AAA (a pay per vote app voting)
  • 23 — Chuseok holiday begins
  • 24 — Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)
  • 24 — People’s Choice Awards final vote begins
  • 29, 30  — KCON Thailand
    Confirmed artists: ChungHa, fromis_9, G(I)-DLE, Golden Child, GOT7, MONSTA X, PENTAGON, Stray Kids, Sunmi, The Boyz, The East Light, Wanna One
  • TBA — Chuseok ISAC air date
  • TBA — Finalist voting for K-Pop World Festival ends
  • TBA — KCON Australia (expected month)
  • TBA — Asia Song Festival. (projected month. Takes place over several days)
  • TBA– Fandom School Music Festival
  • TBA — Fandom School app vote for SMA begins
  • TBA — Hallyu Dream Festival (projected month)

October

  • 3 — Korean National Foundation Day
  • 5 –– 8th K-Pop World Festival, Changwon (KBS)
  • 9 — Hangul Proclamation Day
  • 9 — AMAs (America Music Awards)), 20:00 PST
  • 10 — MTV VMA Japan THE LIVE, Tokyo
  • 14 — SBS Super Concert, 7pm KST, Suwon World Cup Stadium
    Lineup Includes: BLACKPINK, Seventeen, Wanna One
  • 14 — MTV VMA Japan Broadcast, 21:00 JST
  • 16 — Korean Popular Culture & Arts Award winners announced
  • 19 — People’s Choice Awards final voting ends
  • 20 — AAA (Asian Artist Awards) app voting opens 10am KST (a pay per vote app vote)
  • 26 — MMA (MelOn Music Awards) app vote begins
  • 26 — Dancing High last episode
  • 20-28 — BOF/ Busan One Asia Festival
    20th, Opening Ceremony: Celeb Five, EXO, NCT 127, Seventeen, Wanna One
    21st, Park Concert: ChungHa, K.Will XSW
    28th, Closing Ceremony: FAVORITE, NCT Dream, Red Velvet
  • 24 — Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards (Korea Creative Content Agency)

November

  • 1 — MAMA voting opens
  • 3 — Under Nineteen (previously called Creative Teenager) begins airing on MBC
  • 4 —  25th MTV Europe Music Awards (Best Korean Act category)
  • 6 — 1st MGA MBC Genie Music Awards, Namdong Gymnasium, Incheon
  • 11 — 44th People’s Choice Awards
  • 13 — MMA voting closes 
  • 15 — SBS PopAsia Awards voting ends
  • 26 — 2018 KPMA (Korea Popular Music Awards) voting begins (web vote)
  • 20 — AAA (Asian Artist Awards) voting closed 11:50p KST
  • 28 — 3rd AAA (Asian Artist Awards) Jamsil Gymnasium
  • 28 — The Fan begins airing (SBS, 6pm KST)
  • 29 — 28th SMA app vote preliminary ends and official begins (Fandom School app. Vote will run through to January)
  • TBA — Voting for PKCI opens (Philippine KPop Awards) moved to early 2019

December

  • 1 — 10th MMA (MelOn Music Awards. Gocheok Sky Dome, Korea.)
  • 4 — 10th Korea Content Awards (COEX Mall, presented by Korea Creative Content Agency and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism)
  • 5 — Korean Golden Tweet Award (web award)
  • 6 — GDA voting opens (Korean Golden Disc Awards). Note: Bonsang, Daesang, and Best New Artist have been removed from online voting. Awards will be based on sales and a panel of 30 music experts.
  • 7 —  Grammy nominees announced
  • TBA — 10th PKCI (Philippine KPOP Awards) moved to early 2019
  • 9 — Mnet MAMA voting closes
  • 10 — SBS PopAsia Awards
  • 10 — 20th MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) Day 1 (Korea, TBD)
  • 12 — 20th MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) Day 2 (Japan, Saitama Super Arena)
  • 14 — 20th MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards) Day 3 (Hong Kong, Asia World Expo)
  • 17 — Global VLIve Top 10 vote opens
  • 19 — Korean Customer Council’s 2018 Korean First Brand Awards
  • 20 — 2018 1st KPMA (Korea Popular Music Awards) KINTEX, Ilsan. 7pm KST. (Voting closes 12p KST)
  • 25 — Christmas
  • 25-31 — SAF (SBS Awards Festival)
    • note: This event usually takes place over several days
  • 25 — SBS Gayo Daejeon (end of year music celebration). Gocheok Sky Dome.
  • 29 — MBC Entertainment Awards
  • 31 — New Year’s Eve
  • 31 — MBC Gayo Daejejun (end of year music celebration)
  • 31 — KBS Yeon Gi Daesang (Drama Awards)
  • 31 — Hanteo Album & Singer Awards (web award)
  • 31 — GDA Voting Closes (Golden Disk Awards)
  • 31 — Global VLive Top 10 vote closes
  • TBA — SBS PopAsia Awards (Web Award, Australia)
  • TBA — KBS Gayo Daechukje (end of year music celebration)
  • TBA — Soompi online voting open

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Note: World Music Awards – The World Music Awards were canceled for the years 2015 – 2017. The foundation which runs the awards still appears to be active. We will keep you posted should they decide to resume in 2018. The month of the ceremony has varied in the past from May to September since 1989.

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