SHINee World V – First USA Tour

As an International Shawol, it’s a dream to attend SHINee’s legendary “SHINee World Tour” selling out major cities and arenas such as Japan’s ‘Tokyo Dome’ selling 50,000+ tickets multiple days in a row.
    Thanks to the team at SubKulture Entertainment our dreams have finally come true after 8 years, The first ever North American branch of SHINee World Tour had begun. Starting in Canada, kicking off the successful tour in Toronto and Vancouver, Then bringing it down to the states, where i was lucky enough to not just go to one, but both US dates!
       Flying from Las Vegas, to Dallas early morning on the 24th, my journey began. After checking into my hotel, having a meal and heading down to the venue. The Dallas stop of the tour was held in the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie TX. I had a P2 ticket, and I was first surprised at how well everything seemed to be organized as i entered the venue. I picked up my pre-ordered merch and quickly went down to my seat. With a good view of the stage and quickly meeting some new friends to enjoy it with. They kicked off the start with their song “Hitchhiking” which had the crowd going wild from the beginning. Playing well-known hits such as “Lucifer”, “Hello”, and “Ring Ding Dong”. They had our teal ocean in tears by throwing in their hit ballads Selene 6.23” “투명 우산 (don’t let me go)with JongHyun and Onew singing “잠꼬대 (please don’t go)”.They ended the concert with songs off their latest album “1 of 1” . As the boys told us stories about their tour so far, from Keys Gucci suit burning in Canada to what the members had for lunch. As the night came to an end we were sent off with memories to last a lifetime. That wasn’t the end for me, as I had a flight the next day to see them again at their LA show.  
  Last stop… the LA stop was held in the Shrine Auditorium. The same concert, same songs, same outfits, but a whole new day full of emotions and adventures. The concert pretty much stayed the same as Dallas, but with new jokes and stories told by the group. Key, MinHo and TaeMin all impressed us with their English skills, while JongHyun and Onew stuck to Korean with very little English. We still enjoyed every word they said, ending the concert we sang Happy Birthday to JongHyun as his birthday was the next week. As we said our goodbyes, the boys returned to Korea well rested with smiles and hopefully we impacted them as much as they did us.  
   Over all the SHINee World V was a dream come true with an experience and memories i’ll never forget, although people called me crazy flying to both concerts I would do it all over again.



 Kitty Smith

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BTS Wings Tour in Anaheim Day 1

Getting tickets for this was extremely stressful, and thankfully my friends dad helped us out. Quoting him “I think BTS stands for Bullshit Ticketmaster Sucks” haha. We stayed at the Westin in Costa Mesa, which is kind of far from the Honda Center in Anaheim, but

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we were okay with that. We got there extremely early on Day 1, which seemed kind of insane to me, but my friend really wanted merch and the new lightstick. So waiting in a line that seemed forever, we got her lightstick! Which left her old one for me to use. There were so many ARMY Moms! It was so nice getting to meet them all!

We finally found where we needed to line up to get in, and then, at the doors, found out we couldn’t bring our backpack or cameras inside the venue! Which sucked cause then we had to find a way to check them in, and hoped our cameras would make it out alive. With all the threats that have happened in the past with Rap Monster and now Jimin, we 17796762_1846562885606913_242929124084820955_nunderstood why they needed to do this, but we wish we had known before we left the hotel room.

They started off the concert with Not Today, which really got everyone hyped up! It was actually really hard for me to believe I was actually at this concert. I wish they let us bring our cameras in so I could have got some good shots. I miss it so much. Seeing their smiles, their voices live, is really something I hope everyone gets to see one day. They did perform their old songs such as No More Dream, but in a rock remix, that was really cool! During Fire, we had a Fire sea and during Spring Day 17629822_1295009120612895_2500240890045190609_nwe had the rainbow sea! The one thing that really got me is that everyone shouted “We Love You!” during Rap Monster’s Reflection. This was just an amazing experience, and I’m so very thankful I got to live it, and meet the people I got to meet.

 

-MinJoon

Hyuna THE QUEEN’S BACK Tour in LA

When you think about March, one of the things that may come to your mind is March Madness which occurs in sports. However music, specifically K-Pop, also has had its share of madness this month with the amount of concert tours K-Pop fans are getting. One of those concert tours that began late last February and concluded last weekend was Hyuna’s first North American tour titled THE QUEEN’S BACK. It was so awesome that I had to take a week off before getting around to typing up this recollection. haha.

#Hyuna ‘s message to North American fans! Halfway through the tour #NYC tomorrow night. #HyunaTour

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I will be reviewing the tour from the Los Angeles stop perspective since that is the one me and my good friend, Pat Fu, experienced. The Los Angeles leg of the tour was held at The Novo which is located in downtown LA party hot spot LA LIVE which is next to major attractions such as the Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center (where KCON LA is also held annually). Before the concert, I have never been inside The Novo before so I wondered how big and cool the venue would turn out to be. When I walked inside though I found it really cool as my first impressions were it reminded me of what an inside of a Las Vegas club might turn out to be like. There was a cool, ambient lounging area; but people were not looking to really chillax in it, because they were ready to see their queen Hyuna. Inside the lounging area was a bar. Since me and my friend are over 21, we wanted to get hyped even more and we bought drinks before heading into the seating/stage area. The staff at the bar and throughout the rest of THE NOVO were friendly and gave above average service in my opinion. We had someone escort us directly to our row, so we wouldn’t have trouble trying to find it in the dark. My favorite staff’s person though was the restroom attendant. They had someone actually hand out soap, like actually squeeze it into your hands, and pass you paper towels before even going for it yourself. That’s how you know it’s high class. hahaha. There was only one thing I caught up on that threw me off about the staff a little. I heard one of the ushers tell fans to calm down, because we were too excited. I thought by now, considering how many K-Pop concerts LA has had already, that they should know that most of us K-Pop fans have no chill and are so dedicated to our artists.
Anyways, onto the happenings of the concert. Someone actually told us before the show that there were rumors that there was going to be a 30 minute delay. To me though, the concert started good on time — or maybe it might have been because I was so excited to finally see Hyuna in person that I didn’t actually notice when me and my friend got into our seats. Before the show they had renowned dance cover group UCLA Koreos come out to open the show with a cover to Hyuna’s latest hit song 어때? (How’s This?). It was cool getting to see them perform as I missed them perform last year at KCON in the morning which I really wanted to see. Hyuna’s dancers then came out and started Roll Deep followed by the queen herself marching out with the unique swag she could only pull off herself and jumping into the first verse. The crowd went nuts as Hyuna was finally in person in front of our eyes!  Hahaha. After she performed Roll Deep she introduced herself and welcomed the Los Angeles crowd. She then gave fans a photo opportunity of her as she strolled around stage for a few minutes doing cool and cute poses giving fan service to us lucky crowd while lounge music played — which was kind of awkward but at the same time was just so right! She then thanked us for coming again and went back to performing. Throughout the show she performed more of her hit songs such as How’s This, RED, and Ice Cream. Man, this one male fan wanted her to perform Ice Cream, that he screamed out for her to perform Ice Cream and she was taken aback for a second in a funny, in a surprised way. It made us all crack up. She also promoted her latest album A’wesome more and performed songs off of that such as Do It! (for the first time on stage she said), Freaky (which me and Pat Fu were bumping to), and U&Me (my top favorite song of the night I think). She also brought back Change! A lot of fans felt nostalgic once she performed that hit from the good old days. Throughout the night she also had personal fun with her fans which is the reason why me and my friend like her a lot. She not only has her hot media image side, but she also has a down to earth, cool, friendly — real side of herself as well. She let fans ask her questions or even fulfilled some of their wishes such as take a selfie with them in the crowd. There were games played between Hyuna and her fans throughout the concert as well. One of the games was ‘How Compatible Are You With HyunA?’. Some of you might have seen it being played between idol group members on variety shows. The emcee would name two opposite things from a category, such as heels or sneakers, and at the same time after a countdown if you said the same thing as HyunA you would get a point. If you got 3 out of 5 rounds correct, you would win a prize. There were 3 people playing and they all won, so they got polaroid pictures of HyunA which HyunA kissed herself! So lucky! Another game was a dancing game where she called up 5 people to the stage and whoever was the best dancer and showed their love for HyunA the most through dance would win. The song they danced to was her latest song once again, 어때? How’s This?. I guess the prize was a back hug, because this girl got a back hug from HyunA and she was declared the winner. The show was then closing up and like other K-Pop concerts it felt so short. Me and my friend didn’t want HyunA to leave after finally seeing her in person. The show I would say ran for a good hour to an hour and thirty minutes. Like every other K-Pop concert, which makes me love these people I like to classify myself as — a K-Pop fan — people were chanting, “Encore, encore, encore…!”. There was only one song she didn’t perform that me and my friend were saying that she just HAD to perform or it wouldn’t feel right … Then after a few minutes dressed clad in her own tour merch was the queen HyunA coming out and performing the song that made her the queen that she is — BUBBLE POP! At that moment, at that closing moment of the show, me and my friend partied and sang together and knew, and appreciated, that we did it and came all the way out here to LA to show love for our homegirl, our queen, HyunA. …And that’s all I got to say. In the words of my good friend … “It was a good trip.” –in my own words now, a memorable trip that I will never forget (Thanks Pat Fu. ). ONTO KCON LA 2017!!! Where we will party even more – me and these other K-Pop fans out here! Thank you HyunA for being A’wesome. A-ing (Also her newly named fandom name)!

–  RD

AOMG Follow The Movement Tour! – Las Vegas, NV

AOMG Follow The Movement Tour was on April 13th, 2016 at House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

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Siva Group is the company who brought on this concert. They are very professional, kind and easy going people, they know exactly what they are doing and how to handle things. Though Vegas didn’t sell out, it was a great concert. Posting announcements and updates on an AOMG Follow The Movement facebook page and Instagram, PattScreenshot_145y had messaged them and we got on board and did all that we could to make it the best. We posted filers all around Las Vegas, along with many other amazing fans.

I volunteered for the concert, which honestly was the best. I meet the Siva staff which are amazing people, and they really do care about what they are doing. I got to see fans get excited, sell merch and see the overall joy on fans faces. I saw a few songs, which were amazing, the crowd was so energizing and hype it was amazing. The light sticks made an amazing light sea, which was beautiful. My all time favorite thing about concerts is feeling the good vibes, listening to fans sing songs back to artists, and the joy that comes from all that. I learned a lot about how Concerts work and I hope I can work with Siva again. I’m so glad to have met the other Volunteers and the Staff I got to work with, they are amazing people with positive vibes and that is the best.

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by: MinJoon

Show Me The Money 4 LA Concert

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September 10, 2015 Show Me The Money 4 concert in Los Angeles!

Hey guys! Patty here. I know this is a little delayed but i just wanted to share my experience at SMTM4 in LA.

Ace and I took a very, very, VERY last minute trip to LA to go see this show. I kinda actually dragged a friend with me because I wanted to support David Kim, aka DayDay and she is the only I knew who can drive. So! I bought our tickets for the show and we left around 12 in the afternoon the day of the concert.Ticket comformation

After getting stuck in traffic for awhile we had finally made it to Club Nokia with a bit of time to spare so we got in line to pick up our tickets then headed over to starbucks to use the restroom. Which is when we noticed that there was a problem with our tickets. We had bought sitting seats but our tickets said standing.

While waiting for the problem to be solved we had gotten the chance to meet a few people. One of those people was Dumbfoundead. If you guys don’t know, he’s a hip hop artist, more known for his hosting at KCON and Danny from LA.

Daniel aka Drama, former member of Dalmatian, showed up to support David as well as the other artists of SMTM4. Being a huge fan, I noticed him right away. With a push from my friend, I went up to ask for a photo and autograph from him. He seemed truly grateful to meet a fan and was totally willing to sign my album and take pictures.Daniel and Sarang

After the whole ticket problem was finally fixed, we headed inside and ended up being in the very last row of the balcony. If you have a fear of heights like i do, then i highly recommend not getting your tickets last minute because those seats were really high up.

Something I noticed was the difference between the fans for this concert and normal “K-Pop” concerts. A majority of the fans we saw were Korean. Whether they came directly from Korea or lived in the area, we’re not sure, but there were definitely more of them than international fans.

On to the concert!

In all honesty, I was a little too haggard and hyped up to remember everything that happened so we’ll give you a run down of some of the highlights!

  • Basick, winner of SMTM4, opened up the concert. He got everyone hyped up and ready to party.
  • When Jinusean took to the stage, they got so into it that Sean just had to throw off his shirt.
  • During one of Jay Park and Loco’s songs a fan threw her panties on stage and Jay picked them up said “Oh shit” dropped them then went back to dancing.
  • AOMG came out to perform RESPECT but all we could do was stare at David (and his funny expressions).
  • Tablo by himself is a highlight. He did a lot of talking and interacting with the audience, only performing a total of 3 songs (Born Hater, Light Me Up, Eyes Nose Lips) and promoting the Epik High concert.
  • San-E tempting the audience with his hat to get them to cheer louder. Even without the incentive, I’m sure he could’ve gotten us to scream since he’s the “Rap Jesus”.
  • Verbal Jint surprised us all by bringing out Sanchez, a member of Phantom.

Patty

BIGBANG – MADE Tour in Las Vegas

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BIGBANG! October 2nd, 2015 BIGBANG Hosted their FIRST Concert
in Las Vegas, Nevada! Though they have been here to film music videos such as Tonight, and for vacation, it was amazing to have them here for a concert! They arrived in Las Vegas on September 30th, at McCarran International Airport (Video X).

The concert was held at Mandalay Bay Event Center.

MinJoon POV – At first I wasn’t going to attend this concert, which was a huge bummer, but Ace had surprised me to the point of tears with a ticket to the event. I am forever grateful. This was my FIRST K-Pop concert, and I’m12107776_746271565517980_7124475335088133600_n not sure if anything will ever top this! I got to finally see T.O.P say “YOU LIKE VEGAS?!” Which I have been longing for a good long while! Ace and I actually got to talk to the Nutty Nomads which was really cool, they were so sweet and nice! We were very shocked by how many K-Pop Youtubers came to Vegas! I hope they enjoyed it here!

BTS The Red Bullet Tour in LA

The BTS Red Bullet Tour in USA started on July 16 in NYC. From there the boys traveled to Dallas, Chicago, and finally LA. The producers of this tour had asked that no video or photography was taken during the show; I heard that it was because they were filming it for some kind of DVD? I attended their LA concert on Sunday, July 26th. I had gotten to the venue at almost 2pm, I would have gotten their sooner but my bus arrived to LA late. By the time I got there the line was already extremely long; it started from just across Club Nokia in front of Lawry’s Cavery; down and around the corner of Tom’s Urban; another turn after passing Smash Burger going towards Nokia theater and from what I could
see from where I was in line it kept going around Nokia Theater. Honestly none of the Kpop concerts I have ever been to have ever been organized and this is no exception. In my opinion and some other VIP+ ticket holders as well thought that the staff should have told VIP+ to go to their own line from the beginning and once there show their ticket to get their wrist bands instead of telling us to go into the mixed line and waiting for 3 (some even 7) hours before someone came by to find the VIP+ and give them their wristbands. To me it just seemed like a lot more work than what they needed to do. Not gonna lie tho this did seem to be a bit more organized than other shows I have been to even though they could do better next time. Okay, so the concert was supposed to start at 7 but because they were still letting fans inside they had us wait 10-15minutes more before actually starting the show. I just want to point out that please, if you are in the pit section do not; I repeat DO NOT sit on the floor while waiting for the show to start. It is not safe and you take up a lot of space when you sit on the floor that it’s a bit rude to those around you…

When the VCR finally came on everyone went crazy and the video was kinda funny too like at one point it said something like, “Do not shove or push others because they will die.” Like that is such a weird thing to say and it made a lot of fans laugh. BTS came out with N.O first and the crowd got even louder if possible haha. I won’t go through every song they performed because this would get long very fast but I will talk about the most memorable things and to start that I will mention during their song, ‘Cypher Pt.3’ as soon as it began fans got turnt super quick like 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds and throughout the whole song it felt like the floor where us VIP+’s were standing would collapse any second it honestly felt kinda like we were on a trampoline because of everyone that was jumping there. When I heard the beginning of No More Dream I got super excited because being a Jimin biased I was waiting for the part of the song where he lifts his shirt and when it finally happened I was not disappointed. I was also hoping they would perform Dope
sometime during the show and when it was time for Encores they performed it second! So amazing to see not just that song but all their songs live. Seeing these boys in concert was a good experience I do wish I could have made my way further into the middle of the crowd but can’t do anything about that now just gotta wait for their return I guess. Also I just have to say The fans were super amazing too honestly; out of all the concerts/ showcases I have been to this was the very FIRST one where I think everyone participated in the fan chants and it felt like I was in Korea at a actual music performance. When BTS sang “I Need You”, wow just that fan chant was so powerful and unified it was just a great thing to be a part of. In the beginning during Suga’s part he held out his mic and all the ARMY’s sang his entire part in Korean and it was amazing. Also the hi-touch was great the boys were all so sweet and their hands are super soft like I don’t know what idols do to keep their hands that soft but all the idols I have met has had very soft hands and I want to know their secret. Do they just use a lot of lotion or what? Lol add that to list of questions I need to ask Kpop Idols. I can’t remember to much of the concert from last night mostly to be not feeling well but I do know that ARMY’s are great fans, BTS are the sweetest and I can’t wait to attend another Kpop concert!

Thank you to SubKulture for putting on such an amazing tour.

This has been Patty giving her review/experience from BTS’s The Red Bullet Tour in L.A thanks for reading, be sure to keep updated with everything by following us on our SNS accounts!