The end-year season usually is filled with many festivals to celebrate the current year and the upcoming year. And what is a celebration without music?
That’s why the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) has an annual program called KBS Song Festival. KBS Song Festival at first was an award show, but KBS decided to discontinue the award show in 2006 and stick to the music festival concept.
Every year KBS Song Festival has a different theme. The theme for this year is “WITH”. KBS elaborated the meaning of this year’s theme is a gift to the viewers who went through difficult times during the COVID-19 pandemic with distinctive composition and rich special stages featuring the true character of K-pop.
On December 7th, KBS announced the first lineup of performers, which are: Red Velvet, OH MY GIRL, Kang Daniel, The Boyz, Stray Kids, ITZY, Tomorrow X Together, ENHYPEN, aespa, and Lee Mujin.
Two days later, KBS added SEVENTEEN, Sunmi, NU’EST, ASTRO, Brave Girls, NCT U, SF9, Kim Woo Seok, STAYC, and IVE to the final lineup.
There will be some special collaboration stages at KBS Song Festival 2021. There are:
- ENHYPEN and TXT reportedly will have a medley performance of eight songs, including the song from H.O.T, the first generation boy group, and their senior, BTS.
- SEVENTEEN’s DK and Seungkwan will have a duet performance.
- A mixed nine members from Red Velvet, OH MY GIRL, Brave Girls, ITZY, STAYC, and IVE will perform a song of Girls’ Generation titled Way to Go.
ASTRO Cha Eunwoo, AOA Seolhyun, and SF9 Rowoon will host the KBS Song Festival 2021 on December 17th at 8:35 p.m. KST. You can watch the show on the KBS World YouTube channel here.