SMCU Express@Kwangya concert: Air date, where to watch and lineup of SMTOWN Live 2022

SMCU Express@Kwangya concert: Air date, where to watch and lineup of SMTOWN Live 2022
Members of SHINee, Girls' Generation, Red Velvet and NCT will perform at the concert (@SMTOWNGLOBAL/Twitter)

SM Entertainment is going all out for their year-end project that will feature all the artists under their label. We are first getting the ‘SMCU Express’, the winter SMTOWN album featuring all SM artists after 10 years. It features reunions and long-awaited comebacks from iconic older generation artists like H.O.T’s Kangta, SHINee, BoA, Girls’Generation and more. The project consists of an album, an art exhibition and an SMTOWN Live concert. Needless to say, the label is entering 2022 with a bang!

Fans were over the moon when it was revealed that the ensemble album would feature all their favorite artists under SM. On top of it, to further establish SM’s latest concept – Kwangya — which is the SM Culture Multiverse, we are getting a concert too. The SMTOWN Live 2022: SMCU Express@Kwangya will take place five days after the album release with performances bringing back past hits along with newer chart toppers. Additionally, SM has pleasantly surprised everyone by announcing that the concert will be free.

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Kangta, BoA TVXQ and Super Junior to be at the concert (@SMTOWNGLOBAL/Twitter)

Airdate and time

The SMTOWN Live 2022: SMCU Express@Kwangya concert will be held on January 1, 2022 at 1 pm KST (December 31, 2021 at 11 pm ET).


Where to watch

Fans have always looked forward to the SMTOWN concerts since the 2000s. While there has always been a huge audience turnout, in 2020, the SMTOWN concert went virtual due to the pandemic. But while it was a paid concert in the past, SM has decided to show their appreciation to the fans this year for their continued support. The SMTOWN Live 2022 concert can be live-streamed by fans for free!

The concert will be broadcast online on SM’s Beyond Live channel on YouTube, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. It will also be streamed on the U+ Idol Live app. It is also available on Japan’s KNTV, Indonesia’s RCTI+, VISION+, Vidio,, TRANS TV, Thailand TrueID, Vietnam VieON, FPT Play, Zing MP3, POPS and more.


Members of Girls' Generation, SHINee, EXO's Kai and Red Velvet to be at the concert (@SMTOWNGLOBAL/Twitter)

Artist lineup

The active artists under SM Entertainment are collectively called SMTOWN. The artists participating in the concert are:
H.O.T’s Kangta
Super Junior
Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Hyoyeon
SHINee’s Onew, Key and Minho
EXO’s Kai
Red Velvet
NCT - NCTU, NCT 127, NCT Dream, WayV
DJs Ginjo, Imlay and Raiden

We are also set to get some collab stages since several of the tracks of the ‘SMCU Express’ album have been recorded and performed by temporary sub-units. ‘Magical’ is a collaboration between TVXQ and Super Junior after 16 years. We are getting a rap line with NCT’s Taeyong, Jeno, Hendery, Yangyang and aespa’s Giselle performing ‘Zoo’. The ballad line number ‘Ordinary Day’ consists of Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, SHINee’s Onew and NCT’s Taeil. The maknae (youngest) line that recorded ‘Snow Dream 2021’ includes aespa’s Ningning, NCT’s Haechan, Chenle, Jisung and Red Velvet’s Yeri. 


aespa, 21 members of NCT and DJs Ginjo, Imlay and Raiden to be at the concert (@SMTOWNGLOBAL/Twitter)

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