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2 years old!

Happy Birthday to my blog!! Today you turn two years old!

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This week has been great for my blog! On Sunday I received my highest views ever on my blog, thanks to my blog post about the Jay Park concert. I received over 200 views from Korea alone and about 500 views all together in one day! And now it is my blogs birthday!

Thanks to the success of my Jay Park concert review, I am more determined to write more. Soooo, although I am not a K-Pop fan, I will be going to more K-Pop, K-Indie and K-HipHop shows. There are only a few shows in the UK, but the number of K-Pop concerts are increasing here, and I hope that K-Indie would become more popular or at the least, just have a few shows in London.

As today is my blogs birthday, I decided to read my first post and reflect on how much my blog has changed and grown.

Of course, visitors to the site have grown, but I believe my blog has kind of started to fit in to a target audience. I have always had an interest in Asian culture, but since I came back from Korea, it has been the main focus of my writing.

Having said that, my blog is still random and although I posting more about Korean related stuff, I will always have the random posts about other things.

I hope that my blog will become more successful in the future, and I think that will be more possible when I am in Korea. My goal is to receive more subscribers! Although I do get a lot of hits on here, I don’t have many subscribers (but to those of you who have subscribed, I love you the most!). With an increase of subscribers I believe my blog would be more interactive because I do want to talk with my blogs visitors and I want to write what you want me to write about. So comment below already!!

Honestly, thank you all for reading my blog posts, If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t be so motivated to actually publish my blog posts. I hope this next year will be better than my last two and I hope my blog becomes more interesting for you.

Again, Happy 2nd birthday blog!!!

Posted in K-Pop, Korea, Reviews

Jay Park – First London concert

It is not often that I write a blog post straight after an event, but this is a must.

I am writing this as I sit on a 27 bus heading home after a long day of waiting to see Jay Park. All I can think of is how amazing Jay was and how much my feet hurt.

Jay turned to Twitter in the early hours of the 21st of September & mentioned that he has been ill for a few days now. I was worried that he would strain himself & not be able to perform well, but nope.

Jay was amazing! He only had one hitch up with his voice but his performance was out standing.

I’m not the biggest K-Pop fan & I guess that is why I like Jay’s music because it’s more western. From singing; to rapping; to dancing; and even taking off his shirt after I shouted it to him about 10 times, this concert was one that I probably won’t forget.

This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit when used.
This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit when used.

The opening act called Victor, who are a boy band which I have never heard of before were cute. They were great dancers and although you could tell they are new to the game, their excitement and eagerness showed during their performance. The Twins (both wearing hats in the picture below), although I am usually scared of twins, were outstanding dancers, so much so that I didn’t get freaked out by their resemblance. Amazing dancers.

This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit if used.
This photo was taken by myself. Please ask for permission or credit when used.

Although the concert was short, only lasting two hours with a 30 minute interval, I enjoyed my time and am glad that Jay came to London.

Unfortunately there was not an encore, probably due to lack of enthusiasm from the audience & the fact Jay is not well.

One thing I would like to mention is that this is Invazi’s first event in London and although I am glad they made it possible for Jay to come here, it seemed a bit un-organized and you could tell it was set up by people who are new to event management.

Ways to improve would be to add one more supporting act to make the concert longer and don’t organise an after party event right after the concert. Also, Invazi were not clear on information about meet & greet winners. It would have been good to have the winners announced on the website and state if winners had to pay to go to the after party for the meet & greet.

Also while I’m at it, if I was the organiser of the after party I would make it 21+ event!

Regardless though, Jay did an amazing job and I am glad I finally got to see him perform!

Excellent performer!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’ll definitely pay to see you again Jay! Next time will be in Korea =P

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Finally!

After waiting for years to hear Jay Park even mention a European tour, I have just purchased my ticket to see him in London this September!

Jay announced on the 21st of July that he would be gracing English land with his presence. But there were problems and delays in information and tickets going on sale. They were originally set to be on sale at the end of July but was postponed due to problems with venue and seating plan confirmation.

Today tickets went on sale at 10am this morning and I purchased my ticket at 10:10am (die hard fan). Standing tickets were priced at £50.00 plus a £5.75 booking fee. I am pleased with the ticket price as everything seems cheap after paying shy of £100 for a standing ticket to see Big Bang last December (It was totally worth it though!).

So I look forward to the 21st of September! See you soon Jay!

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Big Bang Alive Tour: London pt. 2

Please read Big Bang Alive Tour: London first!!!

The curtain drops.

The crowd pushes. I am too far way to see anything. But it doesn’t bother me! The atmosphere is so amazing. The crowd pushes again and I am in the 3rd row! As the night goes on, I am pushed more. I end up in the 2nd row.

I wish I had made a list of what songs BigBang performed but I was in awe! To be fair I couldn’t even reach my bag which was flung around my body and I wouldn’t have been able to write anything!

Now I’ve been to many concerts in my time and I can say that BigBang was one of the best that I have been too. Each member of BigBang offered a different form of entertainment.

Seungri was the person who danced around and interacted with the audience, a comedy act! He attempted to do a British accent! It was hilarious! He was constantly shuffling and really entertaining in general.

G-Dragon has this charm! Everybody in the audience were in awe as soon as G-Dragon came on stage. He performed One of a Kind twice, once with a beat box from Taeyang and the rest of BigBang, and the other with the live band. He was amazing. It seemed as though everything came naturally to him. He is definitely a leader. It is in his blood.

Taeyang, was also a charmer. I am one of very few people who do not say that Taeyang is their first or second favourite. He had a nose bleed within 15 minutes of the show starting! But he carried on and made a nose bleed and a tissue up the natural look fashionable. The girls in the audience loved Taeyang and he was soaking it up well and egging them on! He took off his shirt and came very close to the crowd! (Keep reading for more!).

T.O.P. What can I say? I love this man. He is amazing. His voice live was heavenly. He was tall, handsome and just so mysterious!! I love it! The thing is with T.O.P, and this is one of the reasons I love him so, is that he is so hard to figure out! At the start of the show, he was calm, collected and mysterious. But as the show went on, he got more and more fun! When him and GD sang Knock out (뻑이가요), he did his little crip walk thing and I fell in love!! He is actually a really good dancer!! As expected, the crowd went crazy when ever T.O.P was close or opened his mouth. I know I did! He came over to the crowd twice! I was lucky enough to touch him. It was amazing! (Keep reading for more!)

But the person who I am really glad I saw live was Daesung. He stole the show for me. Now, I’ve had a weak spot for Daesung since the whole car accident. But he has always been the underrated member. Everyone seems to forget about him. =[ This makes me sad. He has always been one of my favourites but yesterday he showed why he is a member of BigBang. He has the best voice I have ever heard live. EVER! His voice is strong, unique and flawless. He was also very good looking! I’ve always thought he was cute but yesterday I realised how sexy he is! He has an amazing body and a gorgeous smile!

All together, the show was amazing. They did an encore. By this time I was at the front! It was amazing! They performed some of their older songs as well as new songs. All of them performed a solo song (apart from T.O.P but he did a set with GD). I did not want the show to end. It was really too short! But until next time, it’ll have to be it! I am glad that I spent £100 on the ticket and if there was another tour, I would do the same!

Here is a bonus! My footage of the encore! Now I’m not sure how the quality is going to be because I was not allowed to take in my DSLR. I recorded it on my phone but I have captured every member! You can see how close I go to T.O.P & Taeyang! =D It was amazing.

I am still going to do blog posts about the show, and my thoughts on K-Pop success in western countries. But it is 12am and I have work tomorrow morning! So that is all for this blog post. Please read my posts about K-pop Success in Western Countries & Why I listen to K-Pop.