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Year-end indoor concert Countdown Fantasy returns amid pandemic

Poster for “Countdown Fantasy” (Mint Paper)
Poster for “Countdown Fantasy” (Mint Paper)
One of the country’s biggest indoor winter music concerts, Countdown Fantasy, will take place as a two-part, in-person event on Dec. 31 at Kintex in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province, just northwest of Seoul.

The year-end concert, last held in 2012, will feature 14 music acts across diverse genres such as indie, hip-hop and K-pop, according to Mint Paper, organizer of Countdown Fantasy.

The lineup announced Friday includes K-pop boy band Ateez, singer-songwriter Jukjae, girl group Dreamcatcher and rock band Lucy for the 2 p.m. concert and indie singer 10cm, hip-hop trio Epik High and K-pop boy band N.Flying for the 9 p.m. concert.

Under the current social distancing guidelines, each five-hour session can admit 5,000 people. However, the maximum number of people permitted to attend the event could change, a Mint Paper official said.

The announcement of the return of the annual indoor concert has excited local fans, as many large festivals have been canceled or delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

More detailed information is available via the concert’s social media.

Tickets for Countdown Fantasy open Tuesday, with the first session going on sale at 4 p.m. and the second session at 6 p.m. via online ticket sites Interpark and WeMakePrice.

The tickets are 99,000 won per session.

By Jie Ye-eun (
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Korea Herald daum