Europe’s biggest ever K-pop festival, Kpop.Flex, is adding a second day at Deutsche Bank Park Stadium, Frankfurt. The first date sold out the entirety of its 44,000 tickets.
Organised by K-Pop Europa in partnership with PK Events and Korean broadcaster SBS Television Network, the festival is the first step in a five-year programme catering to K-pop’s explosion in popularity across Europe.
Since its unveiling, Kpop.Flex has prompted fan excitement across social media in anticipation of the K-pop event in Germany. The US audience for K-pop acts, including BTS who scored a No.1 Hot 100 single, has grown rapidly in recent years, and now there is increasing demand globally.
The new Sunday, May, 15 date sees the festival enlist groups (G)I-dle (pictured), AB6IX and IVE, who are set to perform on both days. Boy group Oneus will play exclusively on Sunday, alongside Monsta X.
The full line-up of K-pop stars is also finalised for Saturday, May 14, 2022. Solo artist Kai, of Exo & Super M, and boy band AB6IX will join (G)I-dle, NCT Dream, Enhypen, Mamamoo and IVE in kicking off the festival. Saturday’s acts boast a combined social media following of over 48.3 million, while those confirmed so far for Sunday count over 17.5 million.
Korean broadcaster SBS will film the festival and create a made-for-TV edit, for screening in Korea after the event.
The Kpop.Flex event also promises a “vibrant fan-fest celebrating Korean culture” in the grounds of the Deutsche Bank Park stadium. Organisers aim to establish the festival as a hub for Europe’s K-pop community.
This is only the beginning for K-Pop Europa
On the addition of a second date, Deutsche Bank Park MD Patrik Meyer said: “The attraction of the Kpop.Flex festival is enormous for fans, as the K-Pop wave truly arrives in Europe. The fact that we can offer the fans a second festival day in our modern stadium in Frankfurt, at the heart of Europe, continues to increase the anticipation.”
David Ciclitira, chairman of Live Company Group, added: “We’ve been wowed by the response Kpop.Flex has had from fans so far, and are delighted to be able to extend the event into a full weekend festival. This is only the beginning for K-Pop Europa, and we’re eager to bring even more of the genre’s biggest names to perform for European fans in future.”
Andreas Waschk, Explorado Group’s chairman of the board, said: “K-pop is a fantastic and very enriching part of the world’s music. We are really glad to be a part of implementing it in the hearts of Europe and its people. We look forward to a wonderful weekend in May and a great experience for everyone.”
Saturday ticket holders will have access to a 48-hour presale for the second day, which entitles the buyer to a 10% discount, going live February 15 at 10am CET. General release then begins at 10am CET on February 17.
K-Pop Europa is a partnership between Live Company Group and Explorado Group. Following strong sales for the inaugural Kpop.Flex, K-Pop Europa plans to expand its brand with new dates and locations over the coming year.
Saturday May 14, 2022
Sunday May 15, 2022
Sixth Act TBA