(x)clusive!: Highlights of K-POP Festival in Gangwon 2013 (feat. KARA, U-Kiss, NU’EST, VIXX, SPICA, A-JAX, Big Star, DAL★SHABET and A-Prince)

K-POP Festival in Gangwon
Text By: Elizabeth and Kimberly | Photos By: Kimberly and Sidney
Edited By: Germx

As part of Korea Tourism Organization’s effort to promote Gangwon-do and its attractions (the venue for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics), a K-POP Festival was held in Wonju on September 28th. To spice things up a little, a cover dance contest was also held simultaneously during the festival, where cover dance teams from various countries, who won the online preliminaries, were invited to compete in Korea at the grand finals, in addition to a free trip around Korea.

The highlight of the event was no doubt the star-studded line-up of popular Hallyu groups KARA, U-Kiss, NU’ EST, VIXX, SPICA, A-JAX, Big Star, DALSHABET and A-Prince, where they performed for the open broadcast recording as part of this K-POP Festival.

Cover Dance Contest

Check out the awesome cover dance contest’s finalists! Could you guess what songs they were covering from their dance poses and/or outfits?

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The Shadow (Vietnam) performing to SHINee’s ‘Lucifer’
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NEO (Philippines) performing to EXO’s ‘MAMA’ and ‘History’
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Home Made Asia (Hungary) performing BoA’s ‘Only One’
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Miky (Romania) performing Girls’ Day’s ‘Expectation’
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iDez Girls (Nigeria) performing SHINee’s ‘Ring Ding Dong’
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SEI (Poland) performing Secret’s ‘Shy Boy’
Inspired (Kazakhstan) performed EXO’s ‘History’
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Crazy Freaks Dance Crew (India) performing to a remix of 2PM’s ‘Again & Again’ and SHINee’s ‘Sherlock’
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A.O Crew (Australia) performing to EXO’s ‘Wolf’
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American Royalty (America) performing to Troublemaker’s ‘Troublemaker’ and MissA’s ‘Breathe’
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MISO POP (Japan) performing to Crayon Pop’s ‘Bar Bar Bar’
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New★Nation (Russia) performing to 4Minute’s ‘What’s Your Name’.
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Winner of the night goes to I’Generation (Indonesia) with their cover of Girls Generation’s ‘I Got A Boy’.

K-POP Concert

And yes, the moment everyone was waiting for – the performances by KARA, U-Kiss, NU’ EST, VIXX, SPICA, A-JAX, Big Star, DALSHABET and A-Prince.


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The charismatic Damaged Ladies, Kara.


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The group performing as six after the departure of Dongho.


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VIXX performing to ‘G.R.8.U’ and ‘On & On’.


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Cutesy girl group DAL★SHABET!


NU'EST with their impactful choreography.
NU’EST with their impactful choreography.


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A voice to remember, SPICA!


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A-JAX with the impressive dance stage!

Big Star

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Big Star’s leader Feeldog flashing this signature smile!


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A-Prince MAMBO-ing the crowd!

Despite the slight drizzle that night, the atmosphere for the K-POP Festival was no doubt high and the performers were literally kicking up a splash on the stage.

(x)clusive would like to extend our thanks to Korea Tourism Organization for extending the invite to the K-POP Festival in Gangwon 2013.

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