Game developer Riot Games has announced the first-ever Worlds Fan Fest, a music event taking place during the final days of the 2023 League of Legends World Championship.
The event will take place between November 16th and 18th at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, and will feature renowned DJ Alan Walker as well as K-rock band FT Island and K-pop group (G)I-DLE.
This is the first time ever that Riot Games has organised a real-world open-air concert in support of the LoL World Championship, one of its largest esports events in the world. The event will take place during the finals weekend of the World Championship, but will interestingly not be located in the immediate vicinity of the Gocheok Sky Dome, the finals venue.
The Gwanghwamun Plaza will welcome several local and international music acts in various genres, led by Norwegian producer and Dj Alan Walker and South Korean rock band FT Island. They will be joined by K-pop group (G)I-DLE, South Korean rapper Mushvenom and singer and content creator Nicki Taylor.
Interestingly, almost all artists included in the Fan Fest lineup are connected to Riot Games in some way, starting with Alan Walker and Nicki Taylor. Taylor notably sung the Worlds theme song Worlds Collide in 2015, and Walker remixed the 2017 Worlds anthem Legends Never Die.
(G)I-DLE members Miyeon and Soyeon lend their voices to characters Ahri and Akali from the Riot-created virtual K-pop group K/DA, along with American singers Madison Beer and Jaira Burns. Mushvenom has created songs for another Riot Games title, Team Fight Tactics in the past, curiously leaving F.T. Island as the only act not tied to Riot Games.
This year’s theme song for the tournament, titled GODS, has been created by K-pop group NewJeans. The League of Legends World Championship is currently underway in South Korea, and will last for more than a month.