HallyuPopFest 2018 kicks off with a bang

The first evening concert featured exciting performances by Wanna One, Apink, Eric Nam and more

Wanna One
Wanna One
08 Sep 2018

Wanna One

Wanna One
Wanna One
08 Sep 2018

Wanna One

Wanna One
Wanna One
08 Sep 2018

Wanna One

Apink
Apink
08 Sep 2018

Apink

Apink
Apink
08 Sep 2018

Apink

Apink
Apink
08 Sep 2018

Apink

Eric Nam
Eric Nam
08 Sep 2018

Eric Nam

Eric Nam
Eric Nam
08 Sep 2018

Eric Nam

Eric Nam
Eric Nam
08 Sep 2018

Eric Nam

Momoland
Momoland
08 Sep 2018

Momoland

Momoland
Momoland
08 Sep 2018

Momoland

Huh Gak
Huh Gak
08 Sep 2018

Huh Gak

Huh Gak
Huh Gak
08 Sep 2018

Huh Gak

VICTON
VICTON
08 Sep 2018

VICTON

VICTON
VICTON
08 Sep 2018

VICTON

Everyone returned to the stage to say goodbye to fans at the end of the concert
Everyone returned to the stage to say goodbye to fans at the end of the concert
08 Sep 2018

Everyone returned to the stage to say goodbye to fans at the end of the concert

Everyone returned to the stage to say goodbye to fans at the end of the concert
Everyone returned to the stage to say goodbye to fans at the end of the concert
08 Sep 2018

Everyone returned to the stage to say goodbye to fans at the end of the concert

Photos: H.A.H Entertainment
Video: Philip Ang

Last night’s HallyuPopFest evening concert in Singapore featured both frequent and first-time visitors from the kingdom of K-pop, each taking turns to serve up a swift setlist averaging six to seven songs each.

With four groups (Wanna One, Apink, Momoland and VICTON) and two soloists (Eric Nam, who is also hosting the three-day music festival, and Huh Gak) having just three hours to wrap things up, there was little room for much banter and audience interaction, or for adorable non-singing shenanigans often seen at full-fledged showcases. We didn’t even hear a single mention of chilli crab.

Still, that didn’t stop anyone from joking around or buttering fans up with some googly-eyed sweet talk. For instance, in the middle of his set, Huh Guk quipped, “I have to hurry up because Apink is next. Can you at least pretend to be sad?” (The crowd did even better: they started chanting his name, which clearly touched the crooner’s heart.) Rookie group VICTON gushed about their maiden trip to the Lion City being “marvellous so far”, and Wanna One’s Park Jihoon delivered a “message” to fans in the form of his legendary “I’ll capture you in my heart” pose.

When it came to the musical presentations, however, we got the usual complete stage production standard (lighting, visual effects, pyrotechnics et cetera) and passionate performances, even from those who weren’t exactly in tip-top physical condition: we were told that not all the members of VICTON were feeling well, and Momoland’s Ahin had to perform sitting down as her injured foot was in a cast. Now that’s dedication to your job (think about them the next time you are tempted to submit a fake MC).

Concertgoers were also treated to a couple of special stages, namely a surprise duet of ‘Short Hair’ from Huh Gak and Apink’s Eunji, as well as a dance cover of BTS’s ‘Go Go’ from VICTON. However, the most fervent (a.k.a. eardrum-busting) reactions were reserved for classic favourites such as Apink’s ‘No No No’ and ‘Mr. Chu’, Momoland’s irresistibly catchy ‘BBoom BBoom’, and Wanna One’s…well, everything, pretty much.

We hope fans have preserved their voices for much more screaming, because the biggest K-pop music festival in Southeast Asia is far from over.

HallyuPopFest continues tonight and tomorrow (Sep 8 and 9) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are S$498, S$298, S$268, S$238, S$198 and S$148 (excluding booking charges) and are available on SportsHubTix. For more information, visit the official website.

Watch:
HallyuPopFest 2018 red carpet highlights

Related:
HallyuPopFest 2018 red carpet: day 1
Eric Nam’s HallyuPopFest wishlist: BTS, Red Velvet, WINNER, GOT7

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