Published: Thu, March 22, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

North Korea to host first K-pop shows since 2005

North Korea to host first K-pop shows since 2005

Now, North Korean fans will once again see their favorite performers up close and personal as a reciprocal visit after the said country attended the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The group will include local pop legends Cho Yong-pil and Choi Jin-Hee, five-member K-pop group Red Velvet and Seohyun, a member of the famous K-pop group Girls' Generation.

It has been more than a decade since South Korean pop stars graced the stage of North Korea.

A group of 160 artists from South Korea will be participating.

"Our first task will be to instill the same awe in North Korean audiences as we do our South Korean ones, and make sure nothing is awkward", Yoon Sang, a singer and record producer who will direct the upcoming concerts, told Reuters.

North Korean Hyon Song Wol, left, head of a North Korean art troupe, shakes hands with her South Korean counterpart Yun Sang after meeting in North Korea.

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The Unification Ministry said Wednesday that it set up a six-member advance team to inspect facilities and accommodations in Pyongyang ahead of planned concerts by South Korean artists.

Red Velvet is the first girl group to perform in North Korea since Baby VOX in 2003. Punchng reported that there is now a high-demand for the concert tickets as 156,000 people are trying their luck to secure their seats out of the 530 pairs available.

In 1985, South Korean musicians held their first concert in Pyongyang as part of cultural exchanges.

Also witnessed at the Olympics: North Korean cheerleaders rooting for both countries.

The visitors will hold two shows in Pyongyang, one at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, which was the backdrop to a landmark performance by the New York Philharmonic in 2008.

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