Roundtable: Los Angeles KCON Concert Review!Written via Lindsay On August 4, 2016Another year, another KCON LA. As usual, the line-up used to beout of the ordinaryeither nights and the fanaticsnearly brought the home down. For other people that didnt attend, or that want a reminder, here's the line-up:
Lets talk about our experiences!
Favorites? Least favorites? Things you liked/thought worked well, or didnt? Fangirl/boy moment?
Willis: Saturday becomemore than likely my favourite of the 2 nights. I for my part had more power and felt like there has been a just rightdrift to the lineup. I used to be pumped to hear Dean and he didnt disappoint with his velvet voice and degree presence.
I was stunned by how much I enjoyed Turbos performance, and the special Turbo duvet stages by Astro and GFriend. It was an ideal throwback to an older era; the songs were catchy and Turbo can still paintings a crowd. SHINee are just unbelievable. Ive observed them a couple of times before, yet they were just electric that night. I even heard Minho have become a bias wrecker for some our of own staff.
Monsta X beganthe 2nd oneevening amongst a bang. They were at KCON L. a.ultimate year, but the enlargementin their phaseair of mysteryover the last year is evident. They are far moreself-assured and charismatic this year and their personalities filled the arena. Astro were a pleasant surprise. They pull off thoselovely songs with some complex choreography and are undoubtedly talented newcomersto appear out for. Twice gave me lifestyles on night 2 when they got here out making a song Cheer Up whilst BTS left me devoid of any life force when they rocked the stage the screams of thousands of fans rang in my ears for the remainder of the night.
Cjontai: Initially, I was worried that being in the pit would be a nightmare, but it in truth wasnt too bad. I kinda lucked out by being close to the back edge because I had a truly good, transparent view of the idols. Being short has many disadvantages if youre in the pit, so do your best possible to be up front or along the sides. Steer clean of getting stuck in the center equallymost sensible as you can. Also, work up your calves for all of thestatus youll be doing for 2 hours.
Surprisingly, I.O.I was my favorite from the night. Agree with that SHINee gatheredeach ounce of my soul, but I.O.I opened the concert with such great, bubbly energy. I didnt be expecting to even sing along, yet here I was bouncing round the pit to select Me.
Going back to SHINee, I believe 1 blacked out in brief when Jonghyun and Key moved to our phase because I still wasnt in a positionto look my bias Jonghyun that freaking close. I recorded a snippet of the historical moment, but the primary 10 seconds is me shaking the camera and looking toacquire my brain cells. I totally lost it!
Seeing Quincy Jones and Lee Min-ho were other noteworthy moments. And yes, Lee Min-ho is super fine in person. Its almost unfair that hes so attractive.
Lo: Saturday was certainlythe easier night of the concerts. Ive never been a Dean fan too slow and measured for my tastes but he killed it onstage. Just such a lot charisma. I.O.I. was beautiful fun, even though I was bummed that Overwhelm wasnt on their setlist. The highlight, though, was SHINee. Seeing their dancing up close and privatereplaced my life. The vocals were stunning, the setlist was awesome; Stunning was an unforeseen but fabulous choice. And yes, Willis, Minho by hook or by crook went from my least favorite member to tying with Jonghyun for my SHINee bias. I dont know either.
Day 2 was a little more eh for me, although BTS was ah-may-zing. Dope gave me religion in humanity once again. Davichi was abruptly entertaining, with a command of the stage that only true veterans have. Their styling was also gorgeous; most efficient outfits of the concerts.
Sarah: Interestingly, I massivelymost popular Sundays concert over Saturdays. While Saturdays was very a laugh and entertaining I enjoyed the throwback stages done by GFriend and Astro, and especially Turbos functionality itself. As the veterans of Saturday night, their stage presence and play with the crowd was spectacular.
However, the calories of Sunday night was quite a bitupper overall. From Monsta Xs explosive starting to the earth-shaking screams that welcomed in BTS, the crowd was so a lot morefull of life that moment night. Where Saturday night was very fun and a lovely concert, Sunday absolutely killed it. I believe information technology was partly the go back of Amber midwayvia (which we were hoping for but now not guaranteed) to sing a duet with Eric Nam. Possibly it was the awesome high-flying, board-breaking Taekwondo performance that kicked off all the thing.
As Willis mentioned, Monsta X were significantlystepped forward over their already fantastic functioning of last year and verywere given the crowd going with All In. Astro, in spite of their cutie image, kept that energy up, and Two timescontrolled to buoy it along as neatly with their upbeat hits and dancing. Eric Nam, while singing slower songs, supplied a stablesmash with his open crowd flirting and belted top notes. I must say, I was reasonably disappointed with the song alternatives of Davichi as they broke the momentum a little (and Ive never been a big Girls Generation fan, so theres that), but the low energy was stored when Twice came out backto accomplish a smashing canopy of Uptown Funk.
And when Amber and Eric Nam returned as MCs in a while and the stage lighting went down, you want to feel the crowd suddenly realize who was up next. The palpable excitement was only partially expressed in the process the rabid screaming and the instant when Eric Nam in any case gave up on his adventto only turn over the stage as an alternative to BTS. I can be able to never disregard that communal feeling of sky-high anticipation. Even BTSs complete set felt longer and more puffed up than SHINees. Perhaps nosotros were just sitting in a clump of Armys, or maybe it was the reality that SHINee chose ballads where BTS chose Cypher Pt.3. Not denying I didnt sing along to Everybody, with literally everybody, but BTSs finishing simply felt more wholeand actually wrapped up the overall weekend very nicely.
Mark: Despite the crowd being much rowdier and more into it the second night, Im with Willis in feeling that the 1st night was the more enjoyable. I cant assist that they put GFriend and Block B at the same night; I just experience their discographies so even more than that of the others. Plus, the first night was my first time experiencing a star-packed collaboration concert so I was definitely taken aback by the trap of the lineup. I had a feeling that Zico was going to be in the collaboration stage for Saturday but I had no concept he was going to come with Boys and women featuring fellow Block B member U-Kwon. That felt like icing on peak of the cake for a phenomenal beginning night.
The second night felt like everybody was just looking forward to BTS. Like Sarah, I too felt that the lineup transitions were a little bit jarring at times. The night started out very high energy with the rookie and sophomore teams paving the style and then it floor to a halt as the vocal-focused acts took the stage. Davichi was by a long way the maximum impressive vocalists to carry out and I was surprised at how well Minkyung and Haeri complemented each other and pulled their own weight in each one song. TTS was one of the vital disappointing for me because I didnt realize how little choreography they truly did. Following Davichi is difficult for any vocal neighborhood and TTS indeed faltered as a result of that.
When BTS came on stage, it ultimately felt like I was at a true concert as almost everyone in the venue got on their feet. This made the concert expertisefar more enjoyable. As a substitute of the standard awkward golfing claps from non-enthused fans, everyone got into it and it ultimately felt like a party. BTS fairly much played all the songs I sought after them to, just that my only gripe was that they did the Suga-dominated cypher which had no choreography rather than doing Baepsae. But now Im just nitpicking.
Lorenza: My first intuition is to mention Sunday was the larger night in my opinion, but Saturday had more respiring room between every set which made the generaljourney lessfeels intense. The sole agency Saturday can havecrowned Sunday is if Amber had only one more song. Honestly, Im still improving from the emotional curler coaster that was KCON.
For Saturday, the stand-out was GFriend; I wasnt partial to them, despite really, really, short of to get into them. Now, I think In deficient health acceptto head and watch their performance videos. Seeing Turbo was also amazing, but I think thats simply because I never expected so that you could run across Kim Jungkook in all his glory. I honestly cried all through Borders; seeing Amber get emotional while she offered the song and then while acting exactly struck a chord with me.
Seeing SHINee reside was amazing. I knew they would be phenomenal and they solely surpassed all my expectations. Everyone was a sensible wayto near Saturday.
Sunday, though, was electric. From the moment Monsta X took the stage to BTS closing the night with Dope, it was one pumped up moment to the next. It was a section overwhelming. I agree with everyone else when they say that Monsta X has improved their stage performance. I also want to give their stylists a hug for placing Wonho in a choker and then a studded leather jacket. That glance never gets old on him. The one let down for me was TTS, but thats because Im just not a fan of women Generation. Their vocals were great, but I just wasnt feeling it.
Seeing BTS live was amazing. The crowd was obviously there for them and was so prepared by the time they came on stage. They wearan overwhelmingdisplay and I would like to see a solo concert. They left me trying more at the finish of the concert and it's likely you'll tell they also werent waiting to leave yet.
If this is the quality of performances KCON is going to be generatingboth year, Ill definitely be back.
Lindsay: Im having a troublesome fourth dimension picking one night as better! I wager for me they were both amazing but in other ways.
Nothing in the arena give notice beat seeing SHINee live for the first time. It was a practically non secular experience for a long-time Shawol like myself. The quality of their live singing was more perfect than I presumed possible, and yes, Minho is literally the cutest thing ever (my bias has been Onew since 2010 and Im not converting it now, but Minho has definitely taken second place). I think the article roughly Minho is that he is a superbmixture of sexy and cute, but most significantlyhe's the most aware of fans during live performances which makes him very unlikely not to love.
The other giantspotlight for me on Saturday was Turbo. They were so much fun, plus the special stages by Gfriend and Astro were an even tribute to an era. There is anythingenticing about seasoned performers that just presentationsby way of in concerts it was the similar with Shinhwa last year. Turbo made me would like to dance and sing and jump around, plus they were very interactive with the crowed, which is at all timesa large plus.
On Sunday I just got an overload of boy organization feels. Astro is my presentinfant group, I absolutely love them, and getting to see their fun choreography and adorable aegyo in consumer had me shrieking like the fangirl I actually am. And even supposingI admire cute, I also love sexy and powerful, so Monsta X constantly gets me going with their hot and heavy choreography and are we able to please have a circular of applause for their stylist? Because my bias Shownu looked so perfect (unlike Zico, I swear to god that boy wishes an intervention). And then there was Eric Nam, who Im lately madly in love with. Im really satisfied for him that he finally got to be on the massive stage at KCON because I think he completelymerits it and come on, we know hes an unbelievable singer.
Honorable mentions to Block B and BTS, regardless of how time and again I see them live theyre always high-energy and on-top of their choreography and rapping. And of routeeachlady group did well and was exquisite and adorable, but as my fellow writers know, Im boy band trash forever.
Readers, what was your favorite a phase of the concerts once you went to KCON? If you couldnt attend this year, does this review make you need to pass adjacent year?