How do you spend your Thursday nights? If your answer isn’t at the Shark Hotel with BLOO and his horde of adoring fans’, then I guarantee you – I had a better night.
With a huge reduction in concerts these past few years, there’s no denying that COVID-19 has done a number on events and been a near death sentence for Sydney’s Korean concert live scene. Luckily for us Sydney concert-lovers, (+82)CULTURE brought 27 year-old rapper BLOO to Australia, making the first half of 2022 memorable for more than just RAT tests, COVID-19 numbers and lockdown woes.
And even better for me and BLOO’s younger fans – the show kicked off at 7pm, the perfect time that would allow me to get home at a reasonable hour (with enough time to sleep for work the next day).
To kick off, BLOO came storming onto stage with ‘So Rude ‘(‘싸가지‘) in a Nirvana t-shirt and a smile on his face. “Call me Ssa-ga-ji”, he said as fans swooned for the 27 year-old.
True fans of BLOO know that the man loves his alcohol, so much so that he has a song about it: Hennessy. And in true BLOO fashion, he’d treat the fans with him taking shots of the iconic alcohol in front of their very eyes (and even poured them a few shots too).
BLOO tore through an impressive set list including ‘Come and kiss me‘, ‘Don’t say goodbye‘, and ‘Pick up the phone.‘ Not to mention that as soon as ‘Daddy‘ started, his most eager female fans screamed out “Yes, daddy”, with the lucky ones getting a kiss on the hand.
Nearing the end of the night, BLOO began performing his biggest hits including ‘I’m the one‘, ‘Downtown Baby‘, and ‘Drama‘.
“If I get drunk, I feel like doing karaoke. Let’s do one more song,” he said as the night was coming to an end.
Bras landed on the stage with the relationship focussed ‘Girl In New York‘. Then came the captivating and emotional ‘Drama‘. “U-ri-neun Drama-ya”.
“We’re a drama”, he sang to us.
It seems that Australians have garnered quite the reputation of being obsessed with shoeys, and so BLOO took to the challenge and agreed to do a shoey. How lucky we were to see that.
“Bae-bulleo,” he said. “I’m full”, BLOO said in Korean as he sunk his second shoey.
To be honest, I lost track of how many drinks he’d had by the end of the night.
In his final encore on stage, BLOO treated us to alternate versions of ‘Girl In New York‘, ‘Come and Kiss Me’, ‘Downtown Baby‘ and ‘Drama‘. He wore the Australian flag to show his love for our home and I don’t think he, nor us wanted the evening to end.
BLOO 블루 Moon and Back Australia Tour – Sydney was brought to you by (+82)CULTURE. The event was held in Sydney, Australia.
Written by Liam Luangrathrajasombat
Photos by Rachel Di Giglio
This is a repost of the same article originally published in March 2022.