Customarily a haunt for stand-up comedy, the iconic Enmore Theatre was shaken all the way to its Art Deco foundations last Sunday night by the combined passion of South Korean rock band DAY6, and two floors of feverish, screaming fans.
After building up an impressive following both at home and overseas since debuting in 2015, DAY6 successfully launched their first ever world tour titled ‘Youth‘ in June this year.
Australia, as the first international leg of the tour, was graced with not one but two stops on the east coast, with the band playing at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on August 10, before heading to Sydney two days later on August 12 for their show at the Enmore.
A note from the writer: Coming from a background where I was constantly slipping away to attend battle of the bands as a teenager, spending hours crushed in a pit or the basement of a dive bar watching hardcore, punk and metal artists swinging from the ceiling or climbing perilous scaffolding to get onto the venue roof, stepping into a DAY6 concert packed with a primarily young, female demographic, still feels a little out of the ordinary for me.
I’ve attended dozens of concerts over the years, but based on what I witnessed on Sunday night, I can say with absolute confidence that DAY6 are in a league entirely of their own making; how many multilingual rock bands can you list with four powerful lead vocalists, all with their own distinct and identifiable style (who can also rap with effortless grit), play their own instruments and write their own music, with a fifth member, a literal drum incarnate, who keeps their very hearts beating with a shy grin from the back of the stage?
Let me save you some time; I googled it quickly out of curiosity (admittedly with slightly less detail), and the list is non-existent.
The ‘Youth’ world tour will be another long-term project for the band, on the back of their 2017 ‘Every DAY6‘ series, and we’re sure they’ll continue to slay every crowd with their bright, yet soulful, brand of Korean rock in each country, leaving behind a long trail of broken hearts (did I happen to mention that they all hit those required South Korean industry visuals? Because they definitely do).
DAY6 will be returning to South Korea to play their next gig in Busan on August 18, before hitting the figurative road to conquer Taipei, Bangkok, Manila, Canada, USA and Europe over the next year; if you haven’t yet had the privilege of seeing this band live, do not miss out on a ticket to one of these dates.
Full transcript and setlist: DAY6 at the Enmore Theatre, Sydney
A cliche, but a universal truth nonetheless, is the inherent ability of music to transcend language barriers. Despite this, one of the most impressive features of a K-Pop concert (or in this case, full-blown Korean rock concert), is the members’ efforts to learn as much of that country’s language as humanly possible, in order to forge a warm and genuine connection with the audience for the precious few hours they’ll spend together.
Although DAY6 have a slight advantage with wildly confident, English-speaking members Jae and Young K at the helm, it’s entirely possible that native Korean-speaker Wonpil actually took the gold for both overall charm and line distribution during the ments (a.k.a. chatting with the audience) in Sydney.
As you probably know, the dynamic five piece band is made up of leader Sungjin (rhythm guitar, vocals), Young K (bass, vocals, rap), Jae (lead guitar, vocals, and beloved YouTuber), Wonpil (keyboard/synthesiser, vocals), and maknae Dowoon (drums). See if you can hear their voices as you read through the transcript, and let us know how we did!
Disclaimer: It was a crazy night on the dancefloor, and it’s entirely possible that a few things are slightly mixed, or misheard here and there! It’s not verbatim, but we’ve worked hard to imbue this transcript with the spirit and energy of each individual member of DAY6, and we hope you can happily experience every chuckle and heartwarming moment through our very carefully punctuated text!
We also deeply recommend reading the rest of this article on a computer screen.
YK: Young K
DAY6: The band
MYDAY: The audience
[trans]: live translation KR-ENG at the concert
한글/Romanisation/ENG: post-concert translation
[The concert opens after the added anticipation of a slightly late start]
SONG: ‘반드시 웃는다I Smile’
SONG: ‘First Time’
SONG: ‘Better Better’
[First round of banter for the night]
SJ: Going, keep going; show me your energy, ok!
SJ: [launches into an acapella solo of ‘놀래Whatever’]
SONG: ‘Say Wow’
SONG: ‘어쩌다 보니Somehow’
J: That’s what I’m talking about!
J: …Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve just done seven songs and it’s already this crazy. Tonight we need you to prepare yourselves ‘cause it’s about to get crazy lit up in here right? But before that we’re going to introduce ourselves.
DAY6: 하나 둘 셌! 안녕하세요 데이식스 임니다! /Hana, dul, set! Annyeonghaseyo DAY6 imnida! / 1, 2, 3! Hello we are DAY6!
WP: Hello everybody, we are DAY6
SJ: So we’ll go one by one [trans]
WP: Ah, yeah. Um, first Sydney…
WP: …I’m really excited for tonight, we already did seven songs and you’re already so excited [trans]. I’m really honoured to be here and I’m really excited for the show [trans]. I’m, Wonpil.
YK: WHAT’S GOOD SYDNEY!? How you feelin’ tonight?! What’s good, it’s Young K!
DW: Oh, wow. Um, please keep cheering for us, yeah! I’m so happy to play the drums here, it’s really THANK YOU! Oh, enjoy yourself? Thank you. [Startled] Oh, my name is Yoon Dowoon.
SJ: What’s up everybody!! I’m DAY6 leader, Sungjin! Uh, so good energy 진짜/jinjja/really, keep going!
J: What’s up everybody? I’m DAY6 guitarist Jae, nice to meet you. Uh, first of all before we continue on with our set, we are so grateful, so blessed, so humbled to be here before you today…we have wanted to be here a long time now, and because we did our trainee days with, uh, Bangchan [member of Stray Kids, rookie JYP Entertainment idol group]…
MYDAY: [cheering in deep Australian]
J: …he’s always talking about Australia…he told us about how much of a beautiful a country it is, how beautiful the people are and EVERYTHING he said was true, so we just wanna thank you once again for welcoming us here. We are beyond humbled and blessed to be here today, so with that said and out of the way, are you guys ready?! We got a lot of set for you guys today, we good we hot? Let’s all get hot together! [laughs]. Ok, so we’re going to move on with our set, and our next song is…what’s our next song??
SJ: Need. Need?
J: …what’s Need? [laughing] BINGO! Let’s go!
SONG: ‘누군가 필요해I Need Somebody’
SONG: ‘어떻게 말해How Can I Say’
J: Oh wow, this is wild. I think Dowoon has something to say, no?
DW: Uh, oh, today it’s so hot. Outside the weather is hot too…Wow, the weather is just great. Ok ok, how was your feeling? Wow. Yes, the weather is good, too nice, yeah. Oh, Wonpil Wonpil! Something to say to our MYDAY?
WP: Uh Sydney…Sydneyyy…recently…
WP: Uh Winter…
YK: Yes, it’s Winter?
WP: …but this place, Summer. My middle…inside…heart, so thumping…Sydney is Winter, but this place Summer? My heart…
YK: My heart is?
WP: …too Summer when it’s in Sydney. [Deep breath, ready to summarise] Wonpil’s heart and this place, Summer, ok?! Woooo!
YK: Go Jae
J: Alright, uh… how you guys doing so far, pretty good? We’re going to move on with our set right, but before that, it might be a little bit dangerous for the people at the front, but we need floor two to stand up too, ok? No? That’s alright, I’ll just go then [pretends to walk offstage, laughing]. WE NEED THE SECOND FLOOR TO STAND UP can you guys stand up real quick? So, for this next little corner we’re gonna do, we’re gonna have to get a little bit hype, but, uh second floor please be careful? [sways from side to side] that’s cool, but none of this ok [jumps up and down]. We don’t want accidents happening and your safety comes first ok? So uh…
MYDAY: [suddenly cheering loudly]
J:…was it something I said? I never knew safety was such a great word [laughing]. Um, alright guys so we’re gonna enjoy this, are y’all ready for the next section?! Is DAY6 ready for the next section? Let’s get it on…[pauses as he realises he said something potentially racy, but laughs it off].
YK: [In the meantime, bursts into operatic vocals] READYYYYYY! ARE YOUUUU READYYYY! LET’S GOOOOOOO!
J: Alright, what we got next up, 저 태양처럼/jeo taeyang cheoreom, let’s go!
SONG: ‘저 태양처럼Like That Sun’
SONG: ‘Dance Dance’
SONG: ‘좋은걸 뭐 어떡해What Can I Do’
YK: How you feelin’ so far? Lemme hear you one more time, how you feelin’ so far?! Oh you guys are AMAZIN’!
WP: So Sydney…inspiration…
YK: …they givin’ you inspiration?
YK: What you thinkin’?
WP: Beautiful voice and, we are ensemble?
YK: Working all together? He’s saying we are one!
YK: It’s Sydney and wow.
WP: Sungjin too…Sungjin, what, ah, feeling?
SJ: [sings] I’m feeling goooood! Feels soooo good! [talking] Are you ready [trans]?
YK: Do one more!
SJ: Then let’s keep going [trans]! Jae, Jae…
MYDAY: [someone squeezes a loud ‘I LOVE YOU!’ into a split second of silence]
J: I LOVE YOU TOO! [Frowning] This has been a miscalculation on my part…second floor, uh, would you like to sit down, or… do you want to keep standing? SEE Y’ALL HAVE ALREADY SAT DOWN, you guys can sit down if you want! It was a miscalculation at first, I was like, oh let’s all party together, and then during the song you guys were like, what am I doing here? [laughing] I felt bad, you guys can sit down, no worries…if not, let’s keep the show rolling…Sungjin’s gonna kick it off…
SJ: Ah, ok let’s…go!
SONG: ‘장난 아닌데I’m Serious’
SONG: ‘혼잣말Talking To’
SONG: ‘Shoot Me’
YK: [Looking at the fan project banners for the night] What does it say? Shoot Me love? Give me more… Shoot Me love! I need more, SHOOT ME LOVE! Ahhh, thank you guys, you guys are AMAZING! Dowoon?
DW: Let’s go.
YK: Isn’t it great?
DW: Yes, also…
YK: Also what? Also…
DW: Awesome. Ohhhhh yeah. Um, first time I come here, I see the city Melbourne, we see it together yeah, oh so beautiful. Australia is so beautiful. Yeah, I want to live here two months or three months? Yeah.
YK:…Actually, we went to uh, to see the Opera House yesterday. Harbour Bridge. Yeah, it was actually beautiful. The weather was really nice too. It’s Winter here now right? I love this Winter [laughing]. The weather was actually perfect wasn’t it?
WP: Sydney, uh, tonight is winter? Season, but um heat…it feels like I’m wearing a heat pack because this place…because I heard the beautiful voices of MYDAY my heart is warm [trans]. Yeah. So I’m not cold at all [trans]. I also want to stay in Sydney for more than two days [trans]. Yeah, I like it [trans]. Sungjin? Uh, Sungjin…Sungjin, uh what’s that? [mumbling happily at the crowd]
J: [to YK] Can you translate?
YK: What, translate English to Korean??
J: [to WP] Ohh, you’re speaking English???
MYDAY: [loud mixture of scandalised giggling and whooping]
J: Oh, no no no! It’s not like that, no, I was being curious, oh I swear!
YK: [unable to contain his reaction, hollers] SAVAGE!!!! HARSH!!! [laughing]
J: Wonpil was good, I’m sorry!
MYDAY: [settling down again]
YK: Guys, ah no, when we’re on stage, when we’re not wearing uh, our in-ear? Earphones?
J: Uh huh
YK: Uh, it’s actually really hard to understand what anyone’s saying. It’s really…boomy? [laughs in Jae’s direction]. [To Wonpil] Do you have anything more to say?
WP: Yes, I already said but I’ll do a bit more [trans]. I’ll say more later [laughing].
YK: What do you mean? [Repeats the question in Korean, then English again] What do you mean?
WP: What do you mean?
YK: No, but this is the end [trans]?
WP: No! Really?
YK: Do you know how many songs we got through? 17 already!
WP: Yeah, wow!
YK: But wasn’t it fun?!
MYDAY: [More cheering]
YK: But sadly, we’re already at the last section.
WP: No, you’re a liar!
YK: I’m a liar?
YK: You sure?
SJ: [looking at YK, suddenly deadpan] No, his name is Brian not liar.
DAY6 (except YK): Brian. Brian. Brian.
MYDAY: BRIAN! BRIAN! BRIAN! BRIAN! BRIAN!
YK: [chagrined, and dripping with sarcasm] THANK YOU SYDNEY! [Back to normal]…Yeah, but sadly we’re already at the last section of the concert [tech comes onstage], I was too excited, I was too hyped, so I kept stepping on the line? So, I actually plugged out the bass cord [laughing].
J: Honestly though, I think that today is just that kind of environment, like.. you know what I’m sayin’? Like it’s so crazy, we got lights up in here, we got people who are dancin’. At one point, nah nah nah real talk, I don’t say this at every stage, but at one point the stage was shaking. Real talk. So uh, we’re gonna try to make that happen not in this next part now but…this next part…wait backtrack, that didn’t happen just now…this next part is the last part…we…[laughing] I MESSED IT UP! [Quickly] Hey Sungjin, you got anything to say?
J: …Sungjin, you got anything to say?
SJ: Yeah uhh…this part is uh, final section. Um, he told, told you guys um head shaking…but uh this part is not… head shaking yet [trans]? Show me the voice! Show me your beautiful voice, alright?
YK: Are you guys going to show us your voice? Are you guys going to show us your beautiful voice? Uh…can I hear you guys sing?
[‘Man in a Movie’ singing time with YK and MYDAY]
YK: YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING! I really wanted to hear that, because actually, that was the last song before we came on right? And you guys were singing along to it? [points off to stage right] And we were right behind there? And we heard you. So you’re gonna sing us the next song we’re going to play. Alright, sing it first, let’s go.
SONG: ‘예뻤어You Were Beautiful’
SONG: ‘I Loved You’
SONG: ‘좋아합니다I Like You’
SONG: ‘놓아 놓아 놓아Letting Go’ (Rebooted version)
J: Wow [laughing]. Uh, this is so sad…come with me [laughing more]. Ok, uh, so guys, today for me was a phenomenal day. First off, um, you know, I was a little bit scared coming to Australia ‘cause we haven’t been here, it’s our first time here for a concert. What if no one sings along, what if…[cheering]…you’re right, I was stupid, you’re right, you’re right. You guys are crazy! Uh, yo, real talk, I don’t think I’ve ever…uhh, how do I say this..I don’t think I’ve ever let my 정신/jeongshin/ mind or mentality…I don’t think I’ve ever let my mind this loose while being, while being on stage ever. Like usually, like, as an artist, you stand here like, I’m gonna sing good, I’m gonna play guitar real good, I’m gonna listen to my metronome, I’m gonna get…I didn’t care today! So um, so excuse me if I was uh, off-pitch…I know, I know, I’m amazing! Haha, but anyway, guys today, today was exceptional. Um, no, no, really, you guys don’t know how much this means to me today. Just overall, thank you so much for having us. I, I feel like, I feel like, well really blessed, thank you, I appreciate it.
SJ: It’s the first time for DAY6 coming to Australia [trans]. But this first experience was such a good experience in my life [trans]. Australia is a beautiful place and has beautiful people [trans]. Honestly, distance-wise it’s pretty far; this time and memories, even though these will become memories, we think about it in the past, we will be together [trans]. So please don’t forget this moment and I promise we’ll come back [trans]. Thank you so much for today [trans]. See you guys, thank you!
DW: Ha. He kind of said everything I wanted to say, yeah [trans]. Uh, ok? It was such a good memory for us today, and I hope this is a good memory for you guys too [trans]. We will work so hard and come back to give you better energy [trans]. Wow, thank you!
YK: How was DAY6 concert? How was MYDAYs? ‘Cause I thought you guys were amazing. There’s so much I wanna say, but I don’t know how to put it in words, especially in English. Uh, ok. First, I know how hard it is to memorise a song in a different language, ‘cause we did covers and we tried singing in different languages; it’s not easy. But throughout the entire concert, you guys were singing along…I don’t know how that’s possible. How many of you speak Korean as your first language? Not so many, exactly! YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING! So, again I feel blessed…I feel…I don’t know if I deserve such love. Thank you guys so much. We really appreciate it, and we’ll be back. Thank you.
WP: So our first world tour, and we are so lucky that our first stop was here in Australia [trans]. I was expecting it, but I didn’t know I would get this much love, energy…I’ll never forget this moment, and I’ll promise to come back [trans]. For us DAY6, thank you so much for making these precious moments [trans]. I love you too. Thank you for, appreciate it, yeah. I want to take picture.
[DAY6 and MYDAY photo time]
J: So we’re really at the final part of the concert. But uh, you guys know how crazy it gets right, at the end of our shows? Do you not know how crazy it gets at the end of DAY6 shows? OH, just real quick, let’s be, let’s stay safe…[ suddenly, throwing his head and arms back dramatically] PREACH, YES JAE PREACH!!
[Jae’s comprehensive safety talk time continues]
J: I think there’s something Young K wants to say right?
YK: How’s the, energy level right now? It’s great… but not as great as before. So [screams], no no save your energy, we’re gonna check how you guys are, but this time it’s gonna be Wonpil doing it.
YK: You know what to do.
WP: Uh, Sydney. Are you…ready? Don’t hear me, don’t hear me. I can’t hear it [trans].
MYDAY: [reasonable decibel of enthusiasm]
WP: Amazing music. I’ll use magic [trans]. Look at my hand [trans]. [Punching upwards into the air] Let’s go!!!!!
MYDAY: [ear-splitting screams that JYP himself probably heard from South Korea]
SONG: ‘바래I Wish’
[DAY6 in the pit with MYDAY time a.k.a. a wild and incredibly unconventional victory lap of the venue while miraculously keeping the song going, all clothing intact, and sending venue security into an apoplectic state of panic]
DAY6: [Warmly exiting the stage]
J: Thank you guys!
YK: Thank you Sydney! Thank you Australia!
SJ: See you soon!
WP: Thank you, I appreciate it!
J: [whispers in WP’s ear]
WP: …This has been great! Everyone, see you later, I love you! [blows kiss]
J: [the very last to leave, waving fondly at their MYDAY with both hands until he disappears]
If you made it all the way to the end, thank you for reading! And if you attended the concert in Sydney, congratulations on creating these precious memories with DAY6!
Still need more?
If you’re suffering from some serious post-concert depression right now, we prescribe one dose of footage from last years’ ‘Every DAY6 Concert‘ series while we wait for JYP Entertainment to release that 4k blu-ray ‘Youth‘ tour content!
You can also access our full suite of HD photos from DAY6’s concert in Sydney here.
A special round of thanks of course goes out to My Music Taste and JYP Entertainment for allowing our team to cover an incredible performance; as always, follow our page for future concert exclusives from Officially Kmusic!
Media/Twitter/Writer/Editor: Carmel-Lee Skinner
Media/Photographer: Shalamah Tautaiolefue