KCON LA’s Sunday Night Concert

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Sunday night’s concert was every bit as magical as Saturday’s, though my pathetic fangirl heart didn’t quite reach the level of frenetic beating it did the night before. I suppose that’s probably a good thing, as dying of a heart attack isn’t something I ever really want to do, even if it’s caused by an overdose of fangirl feels. Still, even if I didn’t reach Saturday night’s level of crazy, I still fangirled hard during Sunday’s concert and it all started with the pre-concert acts.

Opening Acts

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Opening the evening was a Korean indie band I’d never heard of until KCON but it took all of two seconds for me to become a fan. Core Magazine was the name of the band and I’m now officially hooked on their music. Following them up was Jun Sung Ahn and he is seriously the most adorable boy on the face of the planet. He’s incredibly talented as a musician and he knows how to entertain a crowd like you would not believe, which made him the perfect act to ready the crowd for the evening’s concert.

Red Velvet

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Red Velvet was the first act of the evening and I have to admit, they’re a group of incredibly cute girls but I’m not sure I can say more than that. I think part of the problem was that the acoustics in the Staples Center aren’t the best and sitting way up in the rafters, like I was, made it rather difficult to hear the lyrics of their songs. I could hear the music but I couldn’t actually hear the words and since I’m not well-versed in the songs of Red Velvet I spent a lot of time just bobbing my head to the noise.

Block B

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

However the acoustics didn’t bother me nearly as much when Block B took the stage. (I think the fact I had all of their songs memorized might have had something to do with that…) Opening with an abridged version of Zico’s “Tough Cookie,” Bastarz soon followed with their “Zero for Conduct” and I’m not gonna lie; seeing that song performed live made my heart very nearly explode, I was so happy. In case you haven’t already figured it out, I am a HUGE fan of Block B and they were the group I was most looking forward to seeing on Sunday night. If I’d had my way, I would have had Block B’s set go one for at least twice as long but sadly, it didn’t, and long before I was ready for them to say goodbye they vanished into the darkness.

AOA

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

AOA was next to take the stage and once again I became a victim of bad acoustics. It’s very hard to get into a concert when you can’t actually understand what’s being sung and I tried to get into AOA’s performance, I really did, but it just didn’t work. Maybe I was too heartbroken over Block B being gone too soon, or maybe it was the fact everything sounded like it was being said through cotton, whatever the reason AOA just didn’t do much for me and that really makes me sad. I mean when am I ever going to see them again? (The answer is never, in case you were wondering.)

Zion.T and Crush

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Zion.T and Crush were the next to take the stage and let me tell you, they are quite a dynamic pair. Their ballads are smooth, their flow is insane, their stage presence is incredible and their style is beyond compare. In short, their set was everything I was hoping it would be and then some but like Block B, their set ended far too soon. My only consolation came in the form of a second special stage, this one involving both Zion.T and Crush and Zico. Oh snap! My poor fangirl heart did a quadruple backflip when Zico appeared on-stage and Whoa Nelly! That stage very nearly did me in!

SHINHWA

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Photo courtesy of CJ E&M America

Without giving me any chance to recover from my fangirl near-death experience, SHINHWA made their appearance on-stage and my fangirl feels went through the roof. Watching SHINHWA perform “This Love” was like the ultimate fangirl dream come true but then their performance kept going and my poor brain just didn’t know how to comprehend all that I was watching. Seeing SHINHWA in person was an experience I will never forget. As I watched them I felt as if I were witnessing some great moment in K-Pop history. Everything felt so surreal, like it was all too amazing to be true and yet, there I was, seeing all of this incredibleness with my very own eyes. It was an experience like no other and when it was all over, I felt as if I’d been a part of something truly amazing.

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

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