KBS America and the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles will be joining together to host KBS’ music program, “Open Concert (L.A. K-Pop Festival)” to be held on April 12. It will be the biggest event in its history.
On February 10, KBS America and L.A. Korean Association held a press conference announcing the free “Open Concert” to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on April 12.
The hosts announced the event will be held in celebration of the “111th Anniversary of Koreans in America L.A. K-Pop Festival.”
The concert will begin at 5:30 PM PST and last for about three hours. It will be broadcasted in 88 different countries making it the largest scale event in KBS history. There will be a total of 14 guests including top K-Pop idol groups and singers. So far 2PM, SHINee, Sistar, CNBlue, Dynamic Duo, Girl’s Day, Kim Taewoo, Sul Woondo and Song Sohee have confirmed their attendance to the event.
President Kim Kyung Hee of KBS America stated, “This year’s L.A festival will be held in tribute to the history of Korean immigrants in America. The event was planned to infuse pride to Korean Americans and to create a festival between Korea and the Korean society that is advancing to become mainstream in the world.”
The broadcast of the show will be aired two weeks after the event on April 27 at 5 PM KST on KBS.
The festival will begin at 11 AM PST with various events hosted by the Korean Association including a K-Pop contest. The event will offer a number of events and attractions. President of the L.A. Korean Association Bae Moo Han stated, “We will not be asking for donations from the Korean society for this event. Most of the funds for the event will be funded by KBS.”
KBS’ “Open Concert” hosted the “New York Korea Festival” back in 2011 in celebrating Korea’s 20 years as a member of the U.N. The show in L.A. will be its second show in the U.S.
The event venue, L.A. Memorial Coliseum, holds up to 10,000 people. It has hosted some big names in the past including, Black Sabbath, The Killers, Green Day, and Bruce Springsteen.