Filipino iKONICs (fan club name) are thrilled now that it has been confirmed that South Korean rapper Kim Ji Won aka Bobby of the K-Pop group iKON is coming back to Manila.
Read: iKON's Bobby announces upcoming wedding; will be a father soon
On Sunday, February 5, 2023, concert organizer Karpos Multimedia took to their official social media accounts to announce the participation of Bobby on the second day of Wanderland Music and Arts Festival: The Comeback.
The highly-anticipated music and arts festival will be held on March 4 and 5, 2023, at the Filinvest City Event Grounds in Muntinlupa City.
In 2015, Bobby debuted in the K-Pop scene as a member of YG Entertainment's seven-member group iKON along with Jay, JUNE, Song, DK, Chan, and B.I.
The group is best known for their songs such as "My Type," "Rhythm Ta," and "Love Scenario."
As a solo artist, Bobby released the songs "U Mad," "Runaway," and "I Love You," among many others.
B.I. left the group in 2019 and is now pursuing a solo career.
On December 29, 2022, YG Entertainment announced the departure of all six remaining members from the agency.
Two days later, on December 31, 2022, it was reported that all six members of iKON has officially signed with 143 Entertainment, a start-up management run by rapper/producer Digital Masta.
The group is also expected to release its comeback album this 2023.
Bobby's last visit to Manila was in September 2022 for KPop Masterz 2 concert with Ateez and Youngjae.
Karpos Multimedia also announced the inclusion of Filipino-American singer/songwriter June Marieezy, also known for her unpronounceable artistic moniker ((( O ))), on the music and arts festival.
Some of ((( O )))'s most-played songs on Spotify are "Ylang Ylang," "Vibin' Out," and "iFeel."
Read: Everything you need to know about Wanderland: The Comeback
Wanderland: The Comeback is also headlined by Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen and Grammy award-winning French quartet Phoenix.
Karpos Multimedia tapped several OPM artists to perform in the 8th edition of their music and arts festival. Among them are Ylona Garcia, Blaster Silonga, No Rome, and Rico Blanco.
Other OPM artists who will be playing on the Wanderland: The Comeback stage are Cebu-based band The Sundown, five-man funk band Flu, alternative folk rock group The Ridleys, and R&B neo-soul singer August Wahh.
((( O )))'s husband French Kiwi Juice aka FKJ is also part of the line-up and will be performing on the second day of the music and arts festival.
The lineup also includes rock band Dashboard Confessional, American musician Raveena, Canadian indie band Men I Trust, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Stephen Day, rising alternative K-Pop band Balming Tiger, Taiwanese singer-rapper Leo Wang, Korean hip-hop artist George, Taiwanese alternative indie pop/rock band Sunset Rollercoaster, and Thai duo HYBS.
The two-day event will also feature live art by Alaga, Amiel Rivera, Faith de Leos, and Wika Nadera.
Standard tickets (Regular Wanderer) are currently available for PHP8,500 each. VIP tickets (Star Wanderer) are priced at PHP15,000.
Meanwhile, two-day early-entry tickets are being sold for PHP7,000. Those with early-entry tickets must be inside the venue by 2 p.m.
Karpos Multimedia has also started selling one-day passes for PHP6,000.
Tickets are available via tickelo.com.