SM Town Live World Tour III

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SM Town Live World Tour III
World tour by SM Town
SMTown Live World Tour III in Los Angeles-poster.png
Promotion poster for SMTown Live World Tour III in Los Angeles
Location Asia, North America
Associated album Various
Start date 20 May 2012 (2012-05-20)
End date 27 October 2013 (2013-10-27)
No. of shows 10 in Asia
1 in North America
11 in total
SM Town concert chronology

SM Town Live World Tour III was the 2012–2013 worldwide live concert tour by SM Town. The tour commenced with one show in Anaheim, California on May 20, 2012 and continued in Hsinchu, Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok. The opening video during May 20 concert in Anaheim also hinted possible future dates in Europe, Asia, and the United States.


SM Town is the name for the artists under Korean record label SM Entertainment. Each year the company organizes their artists to come together and perform on a four to six hours long concert that tours around the world.[1] The concert takes approximately 96 hours to set up, with equipment coming from multiple countries across Asia including South Korea, Taiwan, US, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. The show's total production value is estimated at USD$5 million, with half being spent on pyrotechnics and staging alone.[2]


The LA concert on 20 May 2012 was attended by Korean American actress Arden Cho, music producer Quincy Jones, who also attended the after party,[3] and other music producers and composers, namely The Underdogs, who produced Beyoncé Knowles's "Listen" and Chris Brown's "Turn up the Music". It was played to an audience of 12,000.[4]

SM artists attending a press conference in Bangkok.

The concert in Taiwan was played to an audience of 30,000 and lasted for more than four hours with over 50 songs by BoA, Kangta, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, Shinee, f(x), EXO, Zhang Li Yin; and sub-groups Super Junior-M and Girls' Generation-TTS.[5] The artists were greeted by over 1,000 fans when they flew into Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on the Friday prior to the concert.[6] The two concerts held at the Tokyo Dome in August attracted an audience of over 100,000 people and the demand outstrip supply by six-to-one. The Tokyo Dome dates will be broadcast in Japan via Fuji TV.[7]

The concert at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia attracted over 50,000 people, becoming the largest concert ever to be played at the stadium. The artists were greeted by over 3,500 fans when they arrived in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on 21 September 2012, one day before the concert.[8] Super Junior leader Leeteuk was unable to perform during the concert due to exhaustion and enteritis, for which he made an apology the following day via his Twitter account.[9] Sulli of f(x) and Minho of SHINee were not at the Seoul Concert as they were filming for their drama, "To the Beautiful You".


John Seabrook, a journalist from The New Yorker who attended the concert in Anaheim, California, wrote: "Occasionally, the concert seemed like a giant pep rally. But at its best it elicited primal pop emotions that only a few of the greatest pop artists—the Beach Boys, the early Beatles, Phil Spector’s girl groups—can evoke: the feeling of pure love."[10]


Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Attendance
May 20, 2012 Anaheim[A] United States Honda Center[11] 12,000
June 9, 2012 Zhubei[B] Taiwan Hsinchu County Stadium[12] 30,000
August 4, 2012 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome[13] 100,000
August 5, 2012
August 18, 2012 Seoul South Korea Seoul Olympic Stadium[14] 45,000
September 22, 2012 Jakarta Indonesia Gelora Bung Karno Stadium 50,000
November 23, 2012 Singapore The Float@Marina Bay 26,000
November 25, 2012 Bangkok Thailand SCG Stadium[15] 23,000
October 19, 2013[16] Beijing China Beijing National Stadium 50,000
October 26, 2013 Tokyo[C] Japan Tokyo Dome[17] 100,000
October 27, 2013
TOTAL 436,000
A The concert was advertised as SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Los Angeles.
B The concert was advertised as SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Taipei.
C These concerts were advertised as SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Tokyo Special Edition.


Air Date Country Network Concert
July 19, 2012 South Korea MBC SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Los Angeles
(advertised as MBC Korean Music Wave in L.A.)
September 24, 2012 Indonesia RCTI SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Jakarta
October 1, 2012 South Korea MBC SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Seoul
(advertised as MBC Korean Music Wave in Seoul)
October 26, 2012 Japan Fuji TV NEXT SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Tokyo


  1. ^ "SM Entertainment to launch world tour". Korea Times. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Rachel Boon (November 21, 2012). "SMTown, S'pore's biggest K-pop event, $2.5m stage, fireworks, water fountains". Retrieved November 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ho, Stewart (22 May 2012). "Quincy Jones Joins SM Artists for LA Concert After Party". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (23 May 2012). "SM Town a success in LA". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Kim, JiYeon (11 June 2012). "BoA, DBSK, Super Junior and the Rest of SMTown Shake Things Up in Taiwan". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (12 June 2012). "SM Town wows'em in Taiwan on return from similar success in Los Angeles". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "SM Town Attracted 100,000 People at a Concert in Tokyo Dome". KBS Global News. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  8. ^ SMTOWN (September 24, 2012). "SMTOWN LIVE in Jakarta Ended in Great Success by Drawing a Total of 50,000 Audiences!". Retrieved Sep 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (25 September 2012). "Leeteuk says sorry to fans via Twitter". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
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  11. ^ "SM Entertainment artists to hold concert in Los Angeles on May 20". Asiae. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  12. ^ 王郁惠 (19 May 2012). "SM TOWN周末開賣 集結SJ、少時". (in Chinese). 聯合新聞網. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III in TOKYO!" 27 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012 (Japanese)
  14. ^ "S.M. Entertainment artists to hold joint performance in Seoul". Korea Herald. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "120919 SMTOWN Live Worl Tour III in Bangkok Update". 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Tasty to join SMTOWN Beijing Concert Lineup, Infinite Can't Attend Due to World Tour". 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "An audience of 100,000 joins the frenzy at the SM Town Live concert in Japan". Star News. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 

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