K-pop icon “meets” Rain and other things that can only happen in a pandemic

Being at KCON: TACT HI 5 wasn’t my first time attending KCon, an online event where different K-pop artists would perform with fans from different parts of the world as a virtual audience. There would also be meeting and learning sessions with the idols.

As someone used to attending live concerts, I have to admit that online concerts and events were a bit unsettling for me at first, but since March 2020 I have attended my fair share of online shows. , concerts and fan meetings. It’s not the same, really, but it’s all we have now.

Anyway, let’s get back to the current story: this was my first time in the live audience. At KCON: TACT HI 5, I was one of those people on the monitors that you could see in the background. I was there for K-pop superstar Rain but we shared a meeting room with fans of the fourth-generation group NFB.

The experience was different from watching the concert as a member of the audience. For one thing, we had to be online an hour and a half before the show time. We didn’t watch the show on Smart’s GigaPlay app but we were on Zoom. Our faces were shown.

“This is my first time here at KCon, the biggest K-culture festival in the world. Glad to see you all here. The energy here charges me, ”Rain said.

“It was great to be able to share this moment with all of you. It’s great to share this moment with you. I want to be with you next time.

In the Philippines, the event was streamed live exclusively on Smart’s new GigaPlay app, giving subscribers free access to watch live performances and meet up events from September 18-26.

GigaPlay is a mobile application where Smart subscribers can watch exclusive live sports and entertainment events. An exclusive streaming channel for smart mobile users to stream video anytime, anywhere in the Philippines, GigaPlay is a source of exclusive and free live and on-demand live concerts and sporting events.

On its last day, September 26, fans around the world, including the Philippines, enjoyed incredible performances from ITZY, NFB, THE BOYZ and Rain. I’ll be honest, I had hoped to get into THE BOYZ but Rain is a legend. I have no complaints.

ONF performed their hits “Popping”, “Dry Ice” and “Light ON” on a stage inspired by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which they said “is a city girls want to visit with their boyfriends.” They then took the opportunity to be their fans’ boyfriends for the night, recording sweet messages for them and making a live video call with two lucky fans. Later, ONF returned for a special K-pop Reborn scene, where they performed a cover of BTS’s “Black Swan”. This performance was awesome. I loved the voice of ONF.

THE BOYZ performed their hit tracks “Thrill Ride”, “Stealer”, “Reveal” and a relay dance version of “No Air”. After their performance, the 11 band members expressed how amazing it was to perform their 2018 track after a while.

During this time, ITZY sang fan favorites “LOCO”, “SoooLucky”, Tennis “and” In The Morning “and had an amazing time interacting with their fans, the MIDZYs. During their performance, they also met Daisy, a fan from the Philippines who owns an amazing collection of posters and ITZY merchandise. Yeji, who happens to be Daisy’s favorite member, has accepted a special request to sing a few lines from Korean singer Wendy’s song “When The Rain Stops”.

Besides the concerts, KCon also hosted some fun and interactive dating events. Hosted by Lee Gi-kwang, THE BOYZ and ONF played board games and exchanged messages with their fans through the KCon chat room.

Meanwhile, ITZY, who received a basket of flowers with hidden messages from their fans, expressed gratitude for the love and support they received.

Finally, K-Pop legend Rain proved his stage power with performances of “Why Don’t We”, “Love Story”, “It’s Raining” and “Hip Song”.

Other performances offered by T1419 and J-pop group INI also added flair to the event, which also served as an awareness and fundraising campaign for KCON: TACT HI 5, CJ Entertainment and the campaign. of Unesco for the education of girls. The campaign aims to send disadvantaged girls around the world to schools and receive education for a better future.

The best moments of KCON: TACT HI 5 can be watched on the Smart GigaPlay app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

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