SM Entertainment to hold first in-person ‘SMTOWN LIVE’ concert in five years

'SMTOWN LIVE 2022: SMCU Express @ Human City Suwon' will take place in Seoul this August

South Korean music label SM Entertainment has announced the return of its in-person ‘SMTOWN LIVE’ concert for the first time since 2017.

The entertainment company announced earlier today (June 30) that it would be holding its first in-person ‘SMTOWN LIVE’ concert in five years, titled ‘SMTOWN LIVE 2022: SMCU Express @ Human City Suwon’. The last iteration of the concert with a live audience was 2017’s ‘SMTOWN LIVE World Tour VI’.

Set to take place on August 20, 6pm KST at Seoul’s Suwon World Cup Stadium, it will mark the physical return of SM Entertainment’s trademark ‘SMTOWN LIVE’ concerts. Notably, the upcoming show will also be SM Entertainment’s first since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More information regarding how to purchase tickets and the concert’s line-up will be announced by the label at a later date.

According to The Korea Herald, SM Entertainment also announced a separate ‘SMTOWN LIVE’ concert to be held in Tokyo, Japan. SM Entertainment acts such as Kangta, BoA, SUPER JUNIOR, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, Red Velvet, NCT and aespa are set to perform as part of the ‘SMTOWN LIVE 2022: SMCU Express @ Tokyo’ from August 27 to 29 at the Tokyo Dome.

Meanwhile, girl group aespa recently dropped the visual for their English-language track ‘Life’s Too Short’, lifted from their forthcoming sophomore mini-album ‘Girls’, due out July 8. The new record is set to be led by a title track of the same name, and will also feature the previously released track ‘Illusion’, as well as a Korean version of ‘Life’s Too Short’.

‘Girls’ will be aespa’s first project of 2022, and is the much-anticipated follow-up to the girl group’s popular debut mini-album ‘Savage’. Last year, the group covered S.E.S.’s ‘Dreams Come True’ for their label SM Entertainment’s winter album ‘2021 Winter SM Town: SMCU Express’.

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