What is it like going to a Concert in Korea?

If you are ever in Seoul and there is a K-pop concert while you are traveling, here are just some of the things you can expect and why it is an experience you can never forget!

Hi! My name is Brianna and I am one of the editors of K-pop news, this weekend I had the opportunity to go see the first concert of iKON’s continue tour! First thing I should explain is that I am a huge iKON fan- so this wasn’t something I was going to miss out on.

Booking the tickets online was a breeze, I was going to get standing tickets, how they organize it in Korea is they give you ‘Seat numbers’ which is just a way to organize you into the order you enter the arena- So my ticket was number 436. Getting to the arena is easy and then you just go to a tent and collect your tickets.

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Like most concerts, you start getting entered into the arena about 2 hours before the concert starts, so at 3pm most people in my section were ready to go. You line up according to your seat number, and just wait till it is your turn.

While we were waiting I was given a banner that was to be used for a fan project during the concert, one side showing a message saying “Thank you for bringing us good day, iKON”  then the other side were lyrics to a song.

We were entered into the arena, and it was already pretty full, then we had an hour and a half wait till the concert starts. Like most K-pop concerts if you have ever been to one will play the group’s music videos and before the concert even started the fans were already excited.

 

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As soon as it started, if you have never been in a moshpit or standing area at a K-pop concert before here are a few simple rules 1. Do not wear heels 2. don’t go if you don’t like being touched by a lot of people 3. be prepared to be pushed and nudged.

The Concert opened with a bang starting with ‘Bling Bling‘ I had no idea what to expect from this concert, I was completely blown away with the energy and just the pure joy that was coming for these boys on stage, they all looked like they were in their element.

As their new album had just been released I was assuming they would have performed all of the songs on that, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see that many of their older songs were being performed.

An important thing to note is that if you aren’t fluent or at least have some more then a basic understanding of Korean you may be a little bit lost when they are talking to fans or have breaks in between songs.

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However, there were some funny parts including some Aegyo, a flash of abs and many other things I don’t want to spoil for future performances. I will say though that what stood out to me was the fan song. In between a break, the signs we were given earlier had turned IKONICS into a choir singing a song of love and respect for the band they came to see.

Seeing the red of the lightsticks and hearing a chorus of a heart filled singing was a touching experience and afterwards, you could see how touched IKON was aswell!

 

There were some touching moments, the band thanking their fans and performing some of their more touching songs. But mostly the boys just performed and had fun with it. iKON is known for having upbeat hip-hop songs, and seeing them perform it live is something amazing!

The fans also begged for many many encores which I was happy to see that they followed in on, after being sprayed with water jumping up and down it was an experience that left you on a high.

I don’t want to give too much away, but if anything seeing a K-pop concert in Korea is an amazing experience that I would hope for many to enjoy. It was a truly ‘Ikonic’ concert and I was sad to see them go.

There is a lot of fan interaction, you have to be prepared to get pushed and shoved out of the way, lightsticks hitting you in the face, leaving with no voice and also to leave emotionally exhausted.

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In general, everything is extremely well organized and very simple to follow so even if you aren’t a native speaker it’s easy to find your way around- but also if you aren’t a native speaker just understand there are some things you won’t be able to understand- regardless if you are ever in Seoul, go see a K-pop concert for an unforgettable and indescribable experience!

 

What groups would you like to see in concert?

 

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