North Korea to host first K-pop shows since 2005

The gesture is a reciprocal one; South Korean hosted North Korean performers at the recent 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.

The South Korean ensemble will put on two shows, one in the East Pyongyang Grand Theater, and one in the Ryukyung Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium, a facility built by both North and South Korea and named after Hyundai founder Chung Ju-yung.

South Korea announced it will send musicians to perform in North Korean for the first time since 2005 - signaling easing tensions between the two nations, in a new report from Reuters. Apparently they were also unable to agree on which songs the South Korean singers will sing, but they are optimistic an agreement can be reached.

North Korea has since agreed to hold summits with the South and the United States, apart from participating last month in the Olympics in South Korea. Ahead of the event, staff from South Korea will visit Pyongyang from March 22 through 24 to assess the situation for stage props, equipment, and more.

"While we're on the stage, I believe it will be hard to portray personal feelings towards denuclearization", said singer and record producer Yoon Sang, who led the South's delegation at Tuesday's talks. 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. South Korean singer and producer Yoon Sang, who will also perform this year in North Korea, and led the South's delegation talks yesterday in the truce border village of Panmunjom. Previous South Korean performances in the North included an opera, a joint symphony concert, and folk music.

  • Joey Payne