’New Beginnings with K-POP SUPERFEST’ started off on 28 August (10 AM KST) and we were there to witness the incredible performances by pH-1, San-E and BE’O, DONGKIZ, UK-based group Kaachi, the legend Kim Se-Hwang, Sway D, Choi Ye Geun, W24, Woo Jee Won and Band Famous. This day was MC-ed by Jong Hyeong from DONGKIZ and Coco from KAACHI.
The first group on the line-up was Band Famous. They set the mood for the acoustic section of the first day perfectly. You can enjoy a little part of their performance below.
The second act was Woo Jee Won who performed three songs. She was wearing lovely summer-like dress which truly complemented the whole positivity-filled performance we enjoyed the most: her song ’Heroine’. She was like a sunshine on the stage, enjoying every note and taking over the theme of the song to live her life as the main actress of it.
The legendary guitarist Kim Sehwang took over the stage next. After an incredible guitar performance he invited W24 to join him and perform together. The song concluded with each of the members having their own little solo to showcase their keyboard, drums and guitar skills as well.
After this collaboration it was obvious the next group to step to the front will be W24. Their first song was ’Solfamiredo’ which truly made us dance around. This song perfectly showed the concept of the group and fans loved it in the comments section! After their first song the group sat down to have a little interview conducted by Park Sehwang. The guitarist re-counted all the achievements of the group, including their recent song release of ’Once upon a time’, their first concert abroad and the winning of first place at ASIAN TOP BAND.
They shortly discussed how their songs are made, where the name of the first song they performed came from or that they actually had a hard time in their beginnings because they did not agree on many things when it came to music production. After their short take on talking in Spanish they moved to perform two more songs.
OfficiallyKMusic had an exclusive interview with W24 not long ago. If this band caught your heart during this concert and you want to get to know them better we recommend checking our interview article.
Yegeun Choi then took the stage with her undeniable charisma and performed ’Irony’ as well as ’Unbalanced’ and ’Better Rush’. The fans were truly mesmerized in the chat section of the streaming and we were also pleasantly surprised by this performance.
After such a dose of vocal soul power from this queen, it was time to loose ourselves in more dance songs. DONGKIZ opened their segment with the song ’LUPIN’ which included that short magical moment at the beginning where the scarfs turn into sticks. Another songs performed were ’Fever’ and their recent track ’Crazy night’ which truly brought out the goofiness of the members.
The last group to perform in the Kpop section of the first day was KAACHI, a group many fans were looking forward to in the comment section. The girls performed ’Your turn’ , ’Photo magic’ and a song which was said to not be officially released yet, so the viewers of this festival were the first one to hear it.
Kaachi boosted our confidence with their catchy songs delivering the message of loving yourself for who you are because you are unique and should trust yourself. The girls also stopped for a little talking session to talked about their thoughts on the Kpop in UK. Chunseo shared when she started listening to Kpop people seemed to judge her for it, so she was very happy to meet someone who had the same interest. This was something very relatable to some of the fans in the comments who listen to this genre for a very long time.
Hip Hop vibes
The last section of the first day was dedicated to hip hop. Sway D performed four songs, but our favorites were ’Sway D Mobile’, ’G-Shock’ and ’Break Bread’. He performed alone, but the stage presence was so strong it was seeping from the monitor and transformed our room into a hip hop club.
PH-1 was next to perform ’Homebody’, ’Malibu’, ’PACKITUP!’, ’Achoo’ and ’Different Summer’. You can watch part of his performance on the Joy Ruckus Club Twitter. After he swooped us in the hip hop trance, the artists San E a BE´O from FAME US ENT. took over the stage next. They performed their solo songs and got together for one to multiply the fans happiness. Our favorite stage from the FAME US ENT. duo was San E´s ’Rap Genius’ which truly took us back in time.
The Digisonic system truly did not disappoint as it delivered an amazing sound for the whole 4-hour long concert. The promised experience as “if you were there in person” was true and we enjoyed each performance with crystal clear vocal sounds. All stages were incredible and we wish for all artists to have the opportunity to meet their fans again very soon. The only downfall for some fans, which we saw during the streaming, was the absence of subtitles. Many artists had their own stories to tell during the breaks, or in the case of W24 even had a small interview, but it was hard for fans who did not know Korean to understand what was said.
Are you going to watch the second day of this festival with K-artist included? Tomorrow shall be filled with some amazing artists as well. We can look forward to Everglow, KARD, ONF, Yubin, A.C.E, MCND, AleXa, MAJORS, Cignature and YOURS!
Written by: Terry
Screenshot from: Joy Ruckus Club