S. Korea's iconic football stadium becomes main stage for K-pop concerts

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : March 13, 2024, 13:48 Updated : March 13, 2024, 13:48

SEOUL -- Seoul World Cup Stadium, an iconic football stadium in western Seoul, has become the primary stage for K-pop artists following the remodeling project on Jamsil Sports Complex in southern Seoul. With a capacity of about 45,000 people, this World Cup stadium is regarded as a "dream stage" among South Korean artists, requiring substantial ticket sales potential and immense popularity to host concerts.

Seoul World Cup Stadium, constructed in the western district of Sangam for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, has witnessed notable performances by famous artists. Rapper Psy, well-known for his global hit song "Gangnam Style," held a solo concert at the stadium in 2013. Subsequently, in 2016, iconic boy band BIGBANG, and in 2017, singer G-Dragon, mesmerized audiences with their solo concerts at this venue.
Photographed by Lee Hyeong-seok  leehs85ajunewscom
Rapper Psy [Photographed by Lee Hyeong-seok = leehs85@ajunews.com]

Multinational boy band Seventeen's concert is scheduled to take place at the football stadium for two days starting on April 27, 2024. The 13-member band debuted in May 2015 and won the "World Performer Award" at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), an annual music festival in Hong Kong. In 2023, the group attracted about 515,000 fans through 12 concerts during its Japan tour.
Boy band Seventeen Courtesy of Pledis Entertainment
Boy band Seventeen [Courtesy of Pledis Entertainment]

Singer-actress IU is set to take the stage at the stadium on September 21 and September 22. The 30-year-old is one of the most popular solo female artists in South Korea's entertainment scene. She embarked on her world tour "H.E.R." in early March. Along with her hometown of Seoul, IU will interact with fans in 18 cities, including Los Angeles, Berlin, and Jakarta. 
Singer IU Courtesy of EDAM Entertainment
Singer IU [Courtesy of EDAM Entertainment]
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