Stray Kids’ Magical Fan Meet and NCT Ten’s Genre-Blending Solo Debut

"Stray Kids' Magical Fan Meet and NCT Ten's Genre-Blending Solo Debut"

Get ready, K-pop enthusiasts! Stray Kids is all set to enchant fans with their fourth fan meet-and-greet event, titled “SKZ’S MAGIC SCHOOL,” scheduled from March 29 to 31 at the KSPO Dome in Songpa District, eastern Seoul. After a hiatus of about nine months since their last fan event in July 2023, the boy band is making a magical comeback.


The excitement is building as JYP Entertainment, the group’s agency, revealed a captivating poster for the event on various social media platforms. In an official press release, they teased fans by saying, “Stray Kids is set to transform into wizards, promising to create unforgettable memories for fans worldwide.”

But that’s not all! For those who can’t make it to the venue, the performance on March 31 will be available online through the streaming platform, Beyond LIVE. Now, fans from around the world can join in the magic through a paid live stream and be a part of the enchantment.

Looking beyond the fan event, Stray Kids is set to make history by headlining the “I-Days” festival in Milan, Italy, on July 12, becoming the first K-pop boy group to do so. Following this groundbreaking performance, they will grace the stage at the renowned “British Summer Time Hyde Park” music festival in London, U.K., on July 14. It’s clear that Stray Kids is on a trajectory to conquer the global stage!

NCT ‘s Ten Takes Fans on a Genre-Blending Journey with Solo Debut

Shifting gears from Stray Kids to the NCT realm, let’s talk about Ten, one of the powerhouse performers within the group, who recently embarked on a solo journey. Known for his incredible dance skills, Ten made his solo debut on Tuesday with the mini-album, “TEN,” under SM Entertainment.


As part of NCT, Ten initially gained recognition as a rapper in 2016 with the track “The 7th Sense.” However, his solo debut showcases not only his well-known talents but also highlights his multifaceted abilities developed over the years. The album, featuring six English tracks, including the title track “Nightwalker,” explores various musical genres.

During a press event at YES24 Live Hall in Gwangjin District, Seoul, Ten shared his excitement, stating, “I prepared a variety of elements because I wanted to demonstrate to many people the diverse charms and talents that I possess.”

What makes Ten’s solo journey unique is his exploration of different genres, providing fans with a glimpse into his diverse musical identity. He emphasized the shift from his role within the group to actively engaging in crafting his own work and pursuing his desired path as a solo artist.

The lead single, “Nightwalker,” captures Ten’s multifaceted nature with its vibrant beats and pulsating rhythm. The song’s choreography introduces a fresh allure, incorporating elaborate tutting movements, a dance style focused on creating geometric shapes with arm movements.

Even fellow SM artists, including NCT leader Taeyong, SHINee member Taemin, and TVXQ! member Yunho, extended words of encouragement to celebrate Ten’s solo debut. Ten shared their inspirational messages, highlighting the importance of self-belief and pursuing one’s true desires.

Following the album release, Ten is gearing up for his first tour of Asia, starting in Seoul on Feb. 16 and 17, before heading to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, and more. The anticipation is high, with the Bangkok concert already selling out all seats, leading to the addition of extra sessions.

“I will be showcasing various dance genres, including Latin and classical choreography. There will also be stages that will cater to fans of rock music, offering a diverse range of enjoyment,” assured Ten, promising an unforgettable experience for fans.

In the ever-evolving world of K-pop, Stray Kids and NCT’s Ten are proving to be trailblazers, captivating audiences with their magical performances and genre-blending solo endeavors. Stay tuned for more enchanting moments and musical surprises from these talented artists!

* all images via the korea herald

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