The idol groups that marched into the music scene in the second half of 2008 and secured decisive victories are now set to move their battle to the concert arena in the first half of 2009. Big Bang, TVXQ, and the Wonder Girls, each have plans to excite fans once again with concerts in January, February, and March respectively. Coincidentally, the three groups will hold their concerts at the same location one after the other.
Big Bang will meet fans in a series of four solo-concerts—titled ‘Big Show’—to be held from January 31 to February 2 at Seoul Bangi-Dong Olympic Park’s Gymnastics Arena. While initial plans called for a three-show run, another fourth concert was added after tickets for the 52,000-seat grand scale event sold-out.
TVXQ, who pursued popularity in a single round with <Mirotic>, will follow Big Bang in February with the opening of their Asian tour. For three days—from February 20 to February 22—the group will perform three shows at Seoul Bangi-Dong Olympic Park’s Gymnastics Arena in the Korean leg of their ‘TVXQ THE 3rd ASIA TOUR CONCERT—MIROTIC’. Starting in Korea, they plan to move to China and five major cities in Asia for a total of twelve performances. Second to none when it comes to ticket-power, tickets were sold-out in record fashion immediately upon their release.
In contrast to Big Bang and TVXQ, the Wonder Girls drew attention for being the only girl group deciding to hold a solo-concert. Initially, the Wonder Girls’ concert was planned for February 14; however, careful planning required that the event date be delayed. A March 28 showing at Seoul Bangi-Dong Olympic Park’s Fencing Gymnasium seems to have been deemed the best time and location.
The Wonder Girls, who appeared like a comet and threw all of Korea into a frenzy, have plans for concerts in Bangkok, Thailand, and Los Angeles and New York in the US, in addition to their Korean concert. Their preparations are foreboding of their steps towards becoming future world-stars.