The Perils of the K-pop Stage: A Comprehensive Look at Notable Accidents
The K-pop industry, known for its dazzling performances and intricate choreographies, has also had its share of unfortunate K-pop idol stage accidents. While no fatal incidents have occurred, some have come dangerously close to causing severe injuries. This article delves into some of the most notable accidents, offering a chronological account of these events.
2010: Bora’s Rainy Day Mishap
In 2010, Bora, a member of the then-newly formed K-pop group SISTAR, took a nasty fall during an outdoor performance of Shady Girl at the Let’s Start Sharing Concert. The stage was slippery due to rain, and Bora ended up with a broken thumb and arm.
2011: Subin’s Stage Collapse
DAL SHABET’s Subin experienced a horrifying accident in 2011 when she fell through a gap in the stage during a live performance. The fall resulted in severe facial injuries, requiring 16 stitches.
2014: Taeyeon’s Stage Malfunction
At the 2014 Seoul Music Awards, a stage lift malfunction caused Taeyeon of GIRLS’ GENERATION to fall, sustaining multiple injuries and emotional shock.
2014: Seunghoon’s Off-Stage Fall
During the YG Family Concert in Singapore in 2014, Seunghoon of WINNER fell off the stage while walking backwards, capturing a moment on his phone. The fall looked really bad with security personnel rushing to his aid. Fortunately, he was not severely injured.
2015: GFRIEND’s Slippery Ordeal
In a 2015 concert, GFRIEND members had a series of falls due to a stage covered in slippery plastic confetti, resulting in bruises but no severe injuries.
2016: Huihyeon’s Stage Fall
DIA’s Huihyeon fell off the stage during a performance of Mr. Potter at the Blue Star Concert in 2016. She suffered a broken leg and a bruised tailbone but returned to complete the performance.
2016: Joy’s Unexplained Fall
In 2016, Joy of Red Velvet fell during a performance of Happiness at a university festival. The cause remains unclear, but theories suggest a malfunctioning earpiece may have been the culprit.
2017: Jun. K’s Platform Plunge
Next up on our list of K-pop idol stage accidents involves a beloved 2PM member. In a 2017 2PM concert, Jun. K fell off a moving platform, resulting in a fractured finger and elbow, along with a sprained shoulder.
2019: Wendy’s High Fall
In 2019, Wendy of K-pop girl group Red Velvet fell from a 2.5-meter-high floating stage during rehearsal, suffering multiple fractures and facial injuries.
Both artists and event organizers must be vigilant to prevent such accidents. Any performance involving risky elements should be conducted under strict supervision, with all necessary safety measures in place.
It is also good to note that not all accidents involving idols happen on stage. Recently members from STRAY KIDS and NCT were involved in road accidents. Find out more by selecting the links below: