Review: KCON 2014 Saturday Concert

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While I know you’ve been waiting for our KCON reviews and articles, we thought we’d start with the best part – the concerts. In this article I’ll tell you all about the Saturday Mnet Countdown concert and what I thought of it (and tomorrow you’ll learn about Sunday’s show).

This doesn’t mean the rest of KCON didn’t rock too – or that we’ve forgotten about it – but let’s face it, the music is one of the reasons that most people went so let’s start with it. ^^ Don’t worry though, you’ll be seeing KCON articles all week as we have lots to share with you.

The MC’s

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Parker aka Dumbfoundead was the MC at the very start – and was joined later in the show by Danny (from Danny in L.A.), along with others including the adorable Jung Joon Young. Side note: I wonder how long people will refer to him as Dumbfoundead (his original stage name) or as Parker aka Dumbfoundead before simply calling him Parker (his new stage name)? I’ve always been a fan of Dumbfoundead so it was fun to see him again.

The Pre-show

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I’m not sure if it was my migraine (I had a horrible migraine all day Saturday, sad beans) or what but I wasn’t impressed by the first special guest, Jeremy Thurber. It was the weak moment of the concert for me but at least he was full of energy and used a huge portion of the stage.

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Things started to look up when the violinist, Jun Sung Ahn, came on stage. He rocked – literally – with his violin cover of Taeyang’s “Eyes, Nose, Lips”. Now, I had seen/heard his cover on YouTube but it’s even better live. However, I was totally surprised when he put down his violin and started to dance… very, very well.

VIXX

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And then the screaming started! ^^ Okay, there was excitement before but once VIXX came out, it really got loud. As it was my first time seeing them live, I was looking forward to seeing them perform “Voodoo Doll” as I actually really like the music video – it totally creeps me out. They were good – the fans thought so too. So filled with energy, great dance moves and it was so obvious that they were enjoying themselves on stage. Even if I didn’t write about K-pop, I’d go see them again!

IU

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She was cute as always. The cheerleaders were a nice touch but the crowd really went nuts when Niel from Teen Top came on to help her with “Friday”. I’ll admit that I’m more familiar with her acting in dramas than I am with her music but she was fun to watch.

B1A4

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I loved how they introduced their new song (so much that I wrote those exact words in my little journal), Solo Day.” Too cute, plus the song’s pretty good too. ^^ And the knee socks were adorable.

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But I think the best part was the super-soakers they used while performing “A Glass of Water!” Too cool and now the comment they made on the red carpet (earlier in the day – see our next article for more on it plus some exclusive pictures) about cooling down the crowd made sense.

TEENTOP

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I can’t believe I’ve now seen them three (3) times. It’s the most I’ve ever seen a musician or group when I don’t actually own any of their music. They always put on a good show and the fans LOVE them. However, it’s been interesting to see how much they’ve improved since I first saw them in 2012. I’m interested in finding out if this trend continues – hmm… maybe that would make an interesting article, the progression of a K-pop group. Regardless, they definitely nailed their set and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next.

G Dragon

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I’ll be honest, he is the only artist in Saturday’s lineup that I am truly a fan of – and have been since I first heard Big Bang in 2006. I like a couple of songs from the other artists but don’t own any of their music. I do, however, own every solo album/single GD has released, along with all of Big Bang’s music (oh yeah, I’m a fan girl – I even have a crown lightstick from their New Jersey concert in 2012).

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But this was the first time I’d ever seen him live… solo that is – I’ve seen Big Bang live four (4) times. And I was over-the-top, giggling fangirl excited.

GD didn’t disappoint. In fact, he stole the show. Even with a killer migraine I wouldn’t have missed seeing him for the world. I actually forgot about my pain for the entire time he was on stage – and I’m not even kidding, turns out GD is a temporary cure for migraines – he was that amazing. His opening performance of “One of a Kind” and closing one of “Crayon” were my favs but there wasn’t a bad song in his five (5) song set.

Final Thoughts

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While I really wish I hadn’t had a migraine on Saturday – and especially for the concert – I was impressed and entertained all night. There’s no other way to say it but that I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the night. Other than GD – for whom there is no comparison and who stole the show for me – B1A4 and VIXX were my favourites. Plus I never thought I was into violin music but Jun Sung Ahn made me sit up and take notice. If you aren’t familiar with any of them, I’d definitely recommend checking them out on YouTube!

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday – this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it’s taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher. I love music, film, food and sports and write about 3 of the 4.

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