The Incheon K-POP Concert (INK Concert) successfully celebrated its 9th year on September 9, 2017. The festival was a blast with around 40,000 festival goers and over 10,000 concert seats occupied by foreigners!
The INK concert is a huge festival that showcases Korean culture and K-pop music. It does not only attracts Incheon residents, but also K-pop fans from all over the world. It is one of the biggest annual K-pop concerts in Korea which started from 2009.
The INK concert is also one of the most anticipated and recommended concerts for overseas fans who are on their South Korea tour.
This year’s Incheon K-Pop Concert was hosted by the Incheon Metropolitan City (인천광역시) and conducted by the Incheon Tourism Organisation, together with SBS PLUS.
Yoo Jeong-bok, Mayor of the Incheon Metropolitan City, announced that around 30,500 concert attendees including an estimated of 10,000 attendees from overseas gathered at Incheon Munhak Stadium to enjoy the highly anticipated 2017 INK concert.
With announcements in English, Chinese and Japanese for the foreign fans, the mayor aims to develop Incheon as a city of music, a city of festival.
The 2017 INK concert was a huge success with powerful and memorable performances from amazing K-pop artists. The eleven members of Wanna One opened the concert with 나야나 (Pick me). Thousands of fans among the 50,000 concert attendees loudly sang with the young group’s hit songs.
Wanna One’s powerful stage was then followed by adorable and amazing performances by the following rising K-pop groups:
The EastLight – I Got You
Golden Child – DamDaDi
A-JEX – Romeo
Momoland – Freeze
MYTEEN – Amazing
Victon – UNBELIEVABLE
DIA – Can’t Stop
LABOUM – Journey To Atlantis + Only You
Wanna One – Burn It Up + Energetic
GFriend was going to perform at the concert too, but unfortunately had to cancel due to a minor car accident. Source Music has then released a statement about the accident and apologised for the fans who waited for them at the INK concert. The girls are currently recovering from their minor injuries.
The concert still had a lot of wonderful surprises for its fans as the show had tons of K-pop performances from seasoned artists.
Special stages from solo acts also became highlights of the show from the following artists:
GONG MINZY – NINANO
LEE KIGWANG – What You Like
SUNMI – Gashina
The heated show went on with fantastic performances from the following top K-pop groups:
Lovelyz – ‘Now we’ and ‘Ah-Choo’
Red Velvet – ‘Red Flavour’ and ‘Rookie’
T-ARA – ‘What’s my name’, ‘Roly Poly’, and finally their most memorable bop song, ’Lovey Dovey’
VIXX LR – ‘Feeling’ and ‘Whisper’
B.A.P – ‘HONEYMOON’ and ‘WAKE ME UP’
HIGHLIGHT – ‘Plz Don’t Be Sad’ and ‘Beautiful Night’
All these popular acts brightened up the stadium and showered thousands of audiences with great energy to perfectly celebrate the annual festival in the beautiful city of Incheon, South Korea.
The 2017 INK concert was co-organised by SBS Plus and was aired from 7:30 PM KST on four channels including SBS Plus, SBS Plus UHD, SBS funE, SBS MTV.
We can’t wait to see more amazing concerts in Incheon soon!
Michelle Olesen, Seoul