KCON LA’s Saturday Night Concert

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Though I feel like I’ve already said quite a bit about my adventures at this year’s KCON, I did promise I’d give a recap of the concerts so here goes…

Editor’s note: Don’t forget to read about Leah’s KCON LA recap, and check out her photos from the Saturday and Sunday red carpets.

Saturday night’s concert was definitely the concert I was most looking forward to, mostly because I’m a ridiculously huge fan of GOT7 and Monsta X. (Well, okay, I’m not at the “ridiculously huge” level with Monsta X just yet, but my love of them grows daily so I’m counting this as close enough.) With two out of the three groups I most wanted to see performing on Saturday, you can see why I was really looking forward to the evening’s concert.

Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America
Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Getting to my seat was a snap and I spent the few free moments before the concert started on pins and needles, my excitement growing by the second. The night’s pre-concert entertainment included a performance by a local taekwondo team that reminded me a lot of the K-Tigers and a performance by a traditional Korean drum corps, also from L.A. Both performances were incredibly entertaining and I enjoyed them quite a bit, but once the house lights went down and the main event of the evening began, all thoughts of anything completely left my head. Especially once Monsta X took the stage.

Monsta X

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Though their set was short (it was only three songs), those three songs were enough to set my poor fangirl heart racing. To see “Trespass” performed live had been a dream of mine since Monsta X debuted back in May, and to have that dream come true so soon was almost too much for me to handle. Still, I managed to survive Monsta X’s set well enough and I thought I was going to be fine once they disappeared into the darkness but I was wrong. Oh boy was I ever wrong!

GOT7

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

GOT7 was the next group to take the stage and I don’t even know how to explain to you how I reacted to seeing those boys on-stage. Without any sort of “official” duties to perform, I let myself just be the fangirl that I am and I had so much fun! I’m sure I looked like an idiot to those around me but I honestly didn’t care. I got to see “Just Right” performed live and I got to relive the glory of seeing “Bounce” performed (again) and… Ack! Just thinking about it makes me smile like a fool! Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed GOT7’s set and I may have wailed just a bit when they too disappeared into the darkness.

SISTAR

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

SISTAR was up next and I have to say, I had a lot of fun watching them perform. I think one of the best things about attending something like KCON is the ability to see groups live that you might not otherwise see. As is the case with most girl groups, there are not a lot of opportunities for me to see them because they just don’t visit the U.S. that often and when they do, Chicago is never one of their stops. So to see a talented group like SISTAR perform on-stage that Saturday night really was a once in a lifetime experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Roy Kim

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

The same holds true for Roy Kim. Again, not a lot of solo artists find their way to Chicago so having the chance to see Roy Kim in person was fabulous… as in mind-blowingly awesome. There’s no way to describe to you what it’s like to hear Roy Kim’s voice in person. His talent as a vocalist is beyond compare. It’s like listening to an angel sing, his voice is that gorgeous and all I can say to you is this… If you ever get the chance to see Roy Kim live, do it! I promise, your ears will thank you for it!

Monsta X and GOT7

As Roy Kim disappeared into the darkness, I thought it was time for Super Junior to appear and close out the evening but much to my surprise and incredible delight, Monsta X and GOT7 appeared out of nowhere for a special stage prepared just for KCON. As you might imagine, seeing both groups on stage at the same time, in some frickin’ awesome dance battle extraordinaire, was so far beyond all my wildest fangirl dreams, I couldn’t keep myself together. Though the stage itself was short, it was enough to kill this poor zombie and send her to fangirl heaven and I spent the entire rest of the evening in some sort of spazzed out fangirl heaven.

Super Junior

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

After Monsta X and GOT7’s stage, it really was time for Super Junior to make their appearance and I was so hyped I spent the entire rest of the evening squealing just as hard as I could. Seeing Super Junior perform was something I never thought I’d be able to experience in my life. They’re one of those groups that are just too big, too awesome, to grace any stage in my town but there I was, surrounded by tens of thousands of other fans, watching Super Junior perform some of their most famous songs. I felt like I needed to have my friends pinch me because watching them seriously felt like a dream.

Final Thoughts

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Of course the pictures and videos I have on my phone are proof that this whole night wasn’t a dream but it certainly felt like one. It’s not every day you get to see so many incredible acts in person and I felt so lucky to be able to be there, witnessing this magic. The crazy thing was this magic was to continue the following evening and I couldn’t wait for it to start!

Editor’s note: were you at KCON LA? Which was your favourite act?

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