If you’re seeing in the New Year next week, at 4.00am GMT on New Years Day SM will be streaming SMTOWN 2022: SMCU EXPRESS @ KWANGYA for free.
SMTown 2022 will include performances and collaborations from Kangta, BoA, TVXQ!, Super Junior, Oh!GG (Girls’ Generation), SHINee, EXO, Red Velvet, NCT, aespa, and SM DJs.
The event is free for audiences to tune in remotely, and aims to bring positivity, comfort, and hope to fans around the world who are exhausted due to the prolonged pandemic. It will be broadcast globally through YouTube and the newly launching global platform Beyond LIVE, and LG U+ Idol Live app/website. It is also rumoured that streaming will happen on TikTok, Twitch, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
A compilation album, 2021 Winter SMTOWN: SMCU EXPRESS will be released on December 27 prior to the concert. This is SM’s first SMTOWN winter album in 10 years. With the participation of SM artists, fans can expect songs from some of their favourite groups as well as a number of never-before-seen member collaborations. Pre-order is available now HERE.
SM explain the concept for this iteration of SMTOWN as follows:
This SMTOWN 2022 project, with the concept of ‘SMCU EXPRESS,’ expands the artist’s worldview, which was newly named ‘Metaversal Origin Story’ by Chief Producer Soo-Man Lee based on SMCU (SM Culture Universe). In addition to the live performances, the project includes an album as well as a live exhibit at the SM Entertainment headquarters in Seoul, Korea, giving a comprehensive experience to the future contents of the metaverse as viewed by Lee and SM.