If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of hundreds of excited European K-Pop fans squealing in delight as they await the ticket sale date of the recently announced “K-Pop Dream Concert” in Rotterdam, the Netherlands!
Upon listening even closer you can also hear the euphoric sounds of ecstatic Dutch K-Pop fans, honored and delighted that an event of such caliber will be held in their, virtually K-Pop unknown, country. Starting off with just a banner containing the words “K-Pop Dream Concert Europe” with the message ‘Coming soon‘ written under it, fans were quick to switch from excitement to uneasiness as they remembered the onslaught that has been the K-Culture Festival, which was supposed to be held in Germany back in August only to be cancelled at the very last second, leaving fans from all over devastated and low on cash-flow. However, the organizers from AM Entertainment were quick to respond to the many worried messages and showed that they were a force to be reckoned with as they released an official statement expressing their thoughts on the ongoing concern in a respectful way, stating the following:
“We can understand people are scared after what happened in Germany, with the K-Culture Festival. But we are not in any way related to that event, venue or the organisation behind it. We are not responsible for what happened nor do we feel that we are obliged to compensate for their amateurish way of handling things.
Like with any event we do, we’re transparent in our way of event management, but above all we work very hard to have clear communication and full service pre, during and post event. All companies involved are registered at the Chamber of Commerce (either the Dutch version or the South Korean equivalent)”
The statement, which can be read in full on their fan-page, calmed the hearts of those hundreds of soaring fans and made way for an impressive following of K-Pop fans worldwide.
The event itself, which will be held on Saturday the 4th of April in Ahoy, Rotterdam, promises an awe-worthy line-up constituting out of Cube Entertainment: B2ST, 4MINUTE, A PINK, BTOB and G.NA.
They don’t just stop there, announcing that they will not only bring you your favorite acts but also “Your favorite acts, a mind-blowing show, light-sticks, kimchi, merchandise and much more. This concert is by K-pop fans for K-pop fans. Making a dream come true for all K-pop fans around Europe. We are bringing everything we love about K-pop just a little bit closer” That statement is working wonders towards gearing up the future attendees for a once in a lifetime night!
With the hearts calmed, the organizers could move forward and focus on releasing the much anticipated information related to the event.
Reaching out to the organizers, we here at Officially KMusic took the time to get to call out to them in an attempt to get to know the people and the company behind this one-of-a-kind, highly anticipated event.
We were given the chance to speak with Giovanni Djojowardi, one of the two minds behind this concept and he kindly took the time to also introduce us to his business partner Julien Legand, stating that they work mostly with freelancers and project-researchers for each project.
Getting to know Giovanni more, we found out that he is well known in the party community, particularly for the Nope Is Dope events. Guaranteed to give you the night of your lives again and again, these crazy parties are the highlight of many students around the Netherlands. After 3 years, he made the change to work as a freelance event manager and took on working for many different events as Meet The Streets, Musica Republica, Fashion Village and Akon In Concert as well as some smaller events scattered across the country. He met Julien, some time later and they worked together on a couple of different projects. After experiencing their apparent easy way of working beside one and another, they decided to join forces and work together as one.
Giovanni’s love for K-Pop started out in 2006 s he stumbled across the romance drama “A Love To Kill” starring Rain and Shin Min Ah, working his way up from dramas, he ended up watching variety shows and listening to different groups until he noticed he was sucked into the world that is Korean Pop Music and there was no way out for him.
A little over four years ago, he started exploring the business side of this enormous platform because he wanted nothing more than to merge his new-found passion and his profession into one and to see where he could go from there. After three years of contacting numerous agencies and booking offices, his hard work finally paid off and from then on he focused on gathering information about various artists in order to build this concert. Answering our question as to why the “K-Pop Dream Concert” seemed to be solely focused on Cube Entertainment, he answered that during his research he found out that the easiest way to make sure all the artists had the chance on making space in their already hectic schedules to attend such an event, it was easier if they were all from the same agency. He is rightly convinced that this would be the best idea for the first edition of such an event in order to preserve the integrity of the event and to be sure that the concert can deliver on the quality of expected of the artists and promised to the fans.
Stating that it’s his wish to show that Europe is more than ready for such a large scaled event, he also gave us a little insight of what his purpose behind this all exactly entails. “Our vision behind “K-Pop Dream Concert” is to show the world that we here in Europe are more than ready and most of all capable of holding events of this caliber. We want to show that we can do this on the same professional level as we see in other countries. We all know and most of us have experienced this first hand that we as K-Pop fans most certainly do not belong to the mainstream public here in Europe. I, myself have had my fair share of confused faces and exclaims as I would talk about my love for K-Pop. I think it’s a beautiful thing that “we” as fans have such a broader sense of the music industry that houses itself around the world, and we want to give not only the K-Pop fans but also ourselves the opportunity to experience the many artists we follow behind our computer screens in real live, on stage.
We want to achieve bigger goals for in the future. To eventually put “K-Pop Dream Concert” down as a K-Pop platform for live entertainment, meaning that we need to build up our name so that we can make it clear to not only our visitors but also the people we work with behind the scenes that we are serious about this and will do whatever it takes to bring K-Pop to Europe. We strive to make it this a yearly event where will give to European fans a different line-up or maybe even expand said line-up in to something much bigger”
With the tickets going on sale in 3 short days, we hope that with this we can bring this event to the attention of more fans!
Make sure to check out the official website and of course their Facebook fan-page to stay up-to date on all the upcoming information about this event, also keep an eye on Officially KMusic for more news about everything related to the “K-Pop Dream Concert”
Are we going to see you there?! Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Edited by: LeighDarling