Madrid (EFE).- Some 30,000 followers of Korean popular music (K-Pop for its abbreviation in English) have filled the capacity of the KPOP LUX festival this Saturday, at the Civitas Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, with a lineup led by groups such as Shinee, Enhypen, Ateez, Ive, Stayc, Cravity and xikers.
For three days the most passionate fans of this musical style, which has more and more followers in Europe, have come to wait at the gate of the stadium, mostly young people who on many occasions imitate the style of costumes and the unique dance steps and choreographies of their idols.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. GMT) the first of the groups, Xikers, began on a stage full of screens and lights through which the artists had already passed to be presented.
Most of the groups are made up of agencies that recruit applicants they consider to be the most capable, who undergo years of rigorous training to nail their songs and choreography.
This is the case of Shinee, a boy band formed in 2008 by SM Entertainment, known as “Princes of Pop”, and who performed for the first time in Spain tonight, in full celebration of their fifteenth anniversary and about to release their eighth studio album.
The greetings of the seven members of Enhypen in Spanish (“hello”, “hello, Madrid”, “I love you” and “thank you”) have excited the attendees, including undoubtedly many self-described “engines”, the fans of the band, winner of more than thirty awards since its debut in 2020.
One of the groups most anticipated by fans was Ateez, who had already visited Madrid at the beginning of this year and also in 2020.
K-Pop is a musical genre that includes diverse styles, especially pop and electronic music, although it also drinks from rap or rock. The current one began between 1990 and 1992 with the band Leo Taji and Boys. They are on the fourth generation of groups since the first release and the fifth is planned for 2024/2025.