Saturday, April 18, 2009

Lotte Family Concert

Lotte Duty Free hosted the 7th Stage Family Concert yesterday!
Super Junior
Shin Hye Sung
Big Bang
There were 3 ways to get tickets:
1) You could buy 500USD worth from Lotte Duty Free to get 2 A seats (the worst seats), 700USD for 2 S seats (middle), or 1,300USD for 2 R seats. It's supposed to be a free concert for those who could afford to spend that amount at Lotte Duty Free.
2) You could look online on Naver (all in Korean) and buy off of people. (They usually sell tix in pairs)
3) You could arrive early and buy tickets from a scalper.
Or, you could stand around a cash register @ Lotte Duty Free, waiting for people with big purchases to give you their receipt...... (I did not do this, but I know of some who did).
It was difficult, but luckily Tiffany found some online. I transferred the seller the money (25,000 each for S seats) and the next day, we received our tickets!
We thought we were being smart by getting there early at 3 since they didn't have assigned seating - the earlier you came, the better seats you could choose and the concert started at 7PM, but there was already quite an extensive line! At 5, we were let in. Bich wanted tickets for her and her friend so I ended up finding some last minute tickets for her from a scalper (2 high school girls) in the R section (best seats) at a very reasonable price.
We bought light sticks to wave around. Each artist has its own colour. We chose Rain's (white) since he was the main event of the concert!
Since we were early, we were lucky enough to listen to the Lotte Duty Free commercial (a compilation of the stars endorsing Duty Free singing their theme song) around 10 times.... it's been stuck in my head all day. There was a good turnout - much more packed than the Sparkling concerts.
We also received a creatively nice program. I was so disappointed I didn't see the one song I was looking forward to seeing for both Super Junior and Rain on the program! But at the end, both artists surprised the audience with those songs =)
Super Junior (SuJu) opened the show! I was blown away by some of their voices. They sang Why I Like You, Reset, Let's Not..., and Rokuko... and then the song I wanted to hear: Sorry Sorry!! LOVED their last 2 performances.
Since SuJu has so many members (13), they have broken into mini groups for side projects. SuJu T (trot music) sang the energetic Rokuko and SuJu's K.R.Y (consists of the 3 best singers), sang Let's Not which was beautifully sung. KiBum was not present as he's currently concentrating on acting. Heechul... gotta love that guy haha Heechul + Yesung caught my eye.
The song I wanted them to sing was Sorry Sorry ~ shawty shawty micho micho hehe
Lots of blue sticks (their fan colour) in the audience.
Then wasssssss Shin Hye Sung who we had the pleasure of seeing last week. He sang the same songs.
It was cute when he was talking -- being a solo artist, he wasn't as popular as the other 3 performers that night and didn't receive as many fan screams... but you know audiences - any mention of an artist they like, they'll scream their heads off.
So SHS built it up.
He mentioned "Super Junior" and everyone screamed.
"Big BANG!" --- SCREAM!
"Shin Hye Sung!!!" ------ superloudSSSCCCCCREAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMM!!!!

Big Banggggg next! I can never get tired of seeing or listening to these guys -- such catchy stuff and you know that no two performances are ever the same.
The guy in the cap is TaeYang. He's so smooth at dancing! He also put a little of his own R&Bness in his solos which was wow...They performed Last Farewell, How Gee, Together Forever, Heaven, Haru Haru, and Red Sky + then Sorry But I Love You as an encore.THEN... the biggest male artist in Korea (or was it Asia?) -- RAIN! I had high expectations from him. He totally met them and gave me much more. To be honest, all he really needed to do was stand there and move a bit and the audience (especially the ajummas!) would go wild, screaming, cheering, frantically waving their lightsticks and silver pom poms. He just has an incredible stage presence... and he always seems so relaxed, confident and comfortable.
Fresh Woman, How to avoid the sun, Touch Ya, Love Story (yay!!), September 12th, I Do, ...I hope to upload some videos soon! Here's a snippit of Rain's "I Do". It's very mellow in the beginning...
I wanted him to sing Rainism (not on the program) so he did!! Bad boyyyyy~ hehehe

After acting like groupies at the concert we ate dinner @ Olympic park and took the cab to Apgujeong where we attended some intimate party @ Hedone (I forgot who the connections were), the basement of an upscale Italian restaurant called Peppermint Dream.
It was the first time I've seen so many Westerners mingling together since I've arrived. There were no more than 50 people. It was kind of refreshing not having to speak in broken English, hoping they got what you meant. It reminded me of Lan Kwai Fong in Hong Kong.

We met some cool people. The gorgeous girl on the left is Deborah. She has a British accent (attended British school in Korea) but is from New York and is wearing an amazing D&G dress I wish was mine. The girl on the right was one of the few guests who hardly spoke any English, but she wore a pair of these awesome ($300USD) splatter-dyed slim-fit ankle jeans. They quickly became Bich's chingu (friend)... as did everyone else she happened to bump into that night (it was 30,000won entrance fee all you can drink wine bar so she made the most of it).
OH and at the beginning, I also met this girl whose blog I've read a couple times. She's a regular contributor on Soompi (an extensive forum I use to update myself on Korean entertainment culture). Her Soompi alias is Ginger (an adopted Korean from W. Virginia teaching English in Seoul). Quite the unique beauty - it was neat meeting her.
This DJ really reminded me of Onew or Key from SHINee -- the hair and the shape of the face but my goodness.. the width of his legs could not have been bigger than my ankle!
Me, Bich, Tiff
Interesting night indeed. I need to hang out around Apgujeong more often... I love the atmosphere, fashion, and people.

Oh yea while we were leaving, trying to catch a taxi, I
saw this huge van with tinted windows -- the type celebrities get around in. I told Bich and she walked in front of the van, threw her arms up in the air and exclaimed, "MINWOO!" haha I glanced -- it was him! We tapped his window and said hi but he didn't roll down his window. 5 inches away from Minwoo. Wonder if his dancers were in the car too...


  1. woha~~u been there?
    soo lucky..
    im more too suju biased^^
    but love any kpop stuff^^
    thanks for sharing your experience at there

  2. and oh~
    hope you dont mind if im sharing this post at other forum dat im involved...i'll fully credit to you^^

  3. It's KiBum!
    Kim Bum is the guy from BOF.
    But anyway LOL just wanted you to know.

  4. irzs_2ue: No problem - do you mind sharing the link to the forum?

    Bern: haha Ooops thx -- everything has been so Kim Bum these days -- I had a Kim Bum Soompi window open while I was typing the post, too!

  5. it is Soompi suju 3rd thread..
    but just cuttin the suju news dat u post(cant post any other stuff except suju there) but already full credit to u^^
    i hope u dont mind it~~

  6. ahh it seems like you had fun :D
    You're so lucky you get to go to so many of these concerts! Lol, the guy does sort of look like Key.. :D