European K-pop festival, KPOP.FLEX, has announced one of its 2023 events will be heading to the UK.

Organisers Kpop Europa (a partnership between Live Company Group and Explorado Group) and PK Events announced that one of its 2023 editions will take place at The O2 Arena in London from September 22-24.

The London edition next year will also incorporate the first ever KPOP.FLEX Awards for Emerging Artists, which is set to take place on September 23.

KPOP.FLEX will also be returning to Frankfurt, following a successful first edition last weekend which saw a second date added due to demand, and some 65,000 attendees. The festival will be held once again at Deutsche Bank Park stadium on June 17-18.

Steve Sayer, vice-president and general manager at The O2, said: “We’re so excited to be hosting Europe’s largest-ever K-pop festival here at The O2 in September 2023. In recent years, K-pop has taken the world by storm and so this is a huge milestone for us.

“We can’t wait to build on the success of previous hugely popular K-pop performances at the venue, and welcome some of the world’s top K-pop arts and their legions of fans to The O2 for a fantastic weekend festival event that will take over the full campus at The O2.”

David Ciclitira, founder and chairman of Live Company Group, added: “We’re delighted to be working with The O2 to deliver three incredible days celebrating K-pop to fans across the UK and beyond. We are super excited about the first edition of the International KPOP.FLEX Awards, which will showcase the very best talents of the K-pop world.”

The line-ups for the London and Frankfurt events in 2023 are yet to be announced, and will be revealed in due course.

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