2023 Music Bank Global Festival Lineup, Where to Watch and More Details Explored

The 2023 Music Bank Global Festival lineup is set to take over the annual South Korean year-end show to be held at the KBS Hall in Seoul this week. Previously famously renowned as the KBS Song Festival, the music show is a pure celebration of melodious art, minus the pressure of competition and the race to win any awards unlike many other Korean annual shows. Last year’s event marked the 12th edition of the showcase, but with the 13th one, the KBS show has been completely rebranded.

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Discontinuing the usual pattern of the year-end KBS show, this year’s transformation of the same has given rise to a two-part event of musical festivities, with the Music Bank Global Festival finding two venues, first at the Belluna Dome in Japan, and then the KBS Hall presentation in Korea. Although the first series of performances unveiled at the Japanese venue were pre-recorded on December 9, the other main event is yet to be held this week in Korea. Here’s what we know about the live stream and the performers ready to make the stage their own.

Where to Watch Music Bank Global Festival 2023

Both the pre-recorded event from Japan and the live Music Bank Global Festival in Korea will be broadcasted on December 15, 2023, at 8:30 PM KST. The Music Bank Global Festival live stream will be available to watch on the Korean network KBS2, whereas, international audiences can stream it on the various YouTube channels of KBS. The Korean showcase will make for the first part of the two-part series of the year-end festivities, and this will be live streamed. However, the second part, i.e. the pre-recorded sequence from Japan will play after that on the same day.

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2023 Music Bank Global Festival Lineup

Part 1 aka Music Bank Global Festival in Korea will be hosted by Rowoon and IVE’s Wonyoung. Its performing lineup includes Day6’s Young K, aespa, CRAVITY, fromis_9, (G)I-DLE, FANTASY BOYS, Sunmi, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Hwasa of MAMAMOO, ONEUS, IVE, H1-KEY, NCT 127, NCT DREAM, xikers, ZEROBASEONE, RIIZE, and Xdinary Heroes.

Part 2 aka the pre-recorded Music Bank Global Festival from Japan was hosted by Rowoon, Go Min-si and Lee Youngji. Its performing lineup included BOYNEXTDOOR, ENHYPEN, STAYC, ITZY, LE SSERAFIM, ATEEZ, Stray Kids, THE BOYZ, NewJeans, NMIXX, NiziU, Kep1er, JY Park, Kang Daniel, &TEAM, SHINee, P1Harmony, Lee Youngji, Golden Girls and MeloMance.

Additionally, former Music Bank hosts, TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s Soobin and Arin of OH MY GIRL, are set to reunite for a special stage at the year-end show. Their collaborative special stage performance of song Dolphin went viral in 2020 during their joint stint at the KBS World music program broadcasted every Friday.

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