On the 24th of October in Brisbane, the New Globe Theatre was vibrating with the huge energy generated by Lunafly and their fans. The KPop Indie group held their first showcase on Australian soil and they didn’t disappoint.
Lukies – Lunafly’s fanclub- that been waiting for hours in the lacklustre and dry weather were not deterred, as they were eager to see Sam, Yun, Yub and Jin, the second KPOP artist to perform live in Brisbane. With the line growing larger and larger with each hour, fans were excited when the doors were finally opened and they began to fill the theatre’s floors.
Then the lights dimmed and fans cheered. The evening began with DJ Howl – a well-known DJ in Brisbane- who played some creative mixes of popular KPOP tracks to set the atmosphere. His set was awesome and you could hear the fans singing along and see them pulling out their best dance moves.
After DJ Howl came the dance groups Street Grove, Neko DC and Paradise Crew. Each group performed 2 or 3 dance numbers and made me wish I had the slightest bit of coordination to pull off what they did. They each put in a huge amount of passion and enthusiasm which the crowd loved.
Next up was K.A.T.U, who performed covers of KPOP tracks such as Taeyang’s Hit solo song ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’. If they were nervous, they sure didn’t show it as they effortlessly went through their set. Whilst all these groups were performing, during the intermissions and break, SBS PopAsia’s Andy Trieu hosted and ensured fans were enjoying their night. He knows how to work the crowd and was a fan favourite.
After all the dance crews and performances, fans knew what was next to come, you could feel the energy building and slowing fans from the back began to cheer. Like a wave it coursed its way to the front and the whole room was loud with chants and cheers for Lunafly.
Then the boys jumped on stage. The New Globe Theatre provided the perfect intimate and electric atmosphere for Lunafly’s showcase. Even before the first song you could feel the amazing vibe that was being generated. The boys began by playing Day By Day from their debut album ‘Super Hero’. Their second song already had fans crying as they covered Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
Sam and Yun wowed with their vocals throughout the evening, whilst Jin and Yub showcased their artistic talents on their individual instruments. The set list for the showcase was as follows:
1. Day by Day – Lunafly
2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
3. You Got Something I Need – Lunafly
4. Payphone – Maroon 5
5. She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
6. I Don’t Want To Be – Gavin DeGraw
7. Wherever You Will Go – The Calling
8. Amnesia – 5 Seconds of Summer
9. Wake Me Up – Multi Check (BPM 124)
10. Super Hero – Lunafly
11. Falling – Lunafly
12.Special Guy – Lunafly
13. Shake It Off – Lunafly
14. American Idiot – Green Day
15. Fly To Love – Lunafly
16. Encore: Can I Kiss You – Lunafly
During a halftime intermission, Andy Trieu came on stage to host a Q&A with the boys, to which fans had posed questions. One of the funnier moments during this, was asking the maknae Jin to demonstrate his dancing abilities as well his ‘six pac’. He delivered on both points, but the dancing was the most memorable as fans cheered and swooned from his exceptional skills.
A more personal moment occurred, when Aimee and Emily from the Australian Lukie Fanclub came up on stage to present an award to Sam. They had been raising money in his for a cancer foundation which he holds close to heart. It was a heartwarming affair that left the fanclub members in tears and Sam with a huge smile on his face. After this, the boys continued with their set list, which included songs from their upcoming album. Slowly the night came to an end and even as the members left the stage, the crowd started chanting “LUNAFLY, LUNAFLY, LUNAFLY’.
The fans soon got what they wanted as Lunafly came back on stage to play one last song ‘Can I Kiss You’, which I feel generated the most noise the entire night. The song is one of their own and had a fun, catchy vibe that left you singing and dancing along without noticing. Thus, the showcase ended. Those who had purchased General Admission were asked to leave, whilst VIP’s were allowed to stay for the photo session with all four members.
By the end of the night, fans were excitedly reminiscing about the night and how amazing it was, including me. Some of my personal favourites from the showcase were their new songs Falling, Shake It Off and Can I Kiss You. These are songs that will be on their new album which has yet to have an official release date.
All four members shone in their own way throughout the night but as a unit really delivered impactful and energetic performances, emphasising their raw talent as artists. Earlier in the day they were asked what being an ‘idol’ meant to them, but they see themselves as artists or musicians before even considering themselves as ‘idols’.
Lunafly are all about their own music and putting themselves as individuals and artists, which to me makes them a genuine find in the Kpop world. I hope they will receive further recognition for their work and talent, as they so deserve.
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