It doesn't take much to impress fans of K-Pop, or at least that's the lesson we gleaned from the Epik High tour announcement where the hip-hop/pop trio announced six North American dates for later during 2015. Billboard reports that those six dates, as minuscule as they might seem, represents the largest tour by a K-Pop act since 2010.
The group has suggested that more dates will be announced in the future, and it's in a prime position to do so, even among Korean acts. After all, the group just headlined the annual "K-Pop Night Out" event at South by Southwest, and Tablo—the group's most popular member—was among the Top 5 social media most-mentioned performers at the entire festival. The band topped the World Music charts late last year with its new album Shoebox.
Right now the tour consists of six dates: one on the East coast, two in the center and three on the West coast. Siva Group, the concert promoters, played into the hype for more tour dates by encouraging fans to tweet "#EpikHighTour" to the band along with the name of the city they should play. Your correspondent feels that his calls for a show in Oscoda, MI will be ignored.
Tickets are set to go on sale at noon local time on April 15. Get in line if you're within a few venues of a venue, or send in your recommendations if you're far removed.
For those wondering, the record for longest K-Pop tour was when Wonder Girls went on a relatively epic 20-date run during 2010.
Here are the six announced dates this far:
05/28: San Francisco @ The Warfield Theater
05/29: Los Angeles @ TBA
05/31: Vancouver @ Vogue Theatre
06/05: Dallas @ South Side Music Hall
06/12: New York @ Best Buy Theater
06/14: Toronto @ Danforth Music Hall