On Sunday 21st October at 10.04 (UK time) YG Entertainment officially announced, through the groups facebook page, THAT date, the one the European VIPs had been waiting for almost 5 months:
on December 15th BIGBANG, consisting of G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri, are making the rainy London ALIVE for a one-night only performance at the Wembley Arena.
This is their very first concert in both, UK and Europe. The group went already to London last November due to the making of the photobook “Extraordinary 20s” but they will remember for sure their stay in UK for the “Best Asia and Pacific Act” and “Worldwide Act” awards won at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast. Thanks to these awards (and the ones previously gained), the five “Kings” were able to extend their music and also fashion style in the far and pretty closed Europe, becoming renowned artists in the worldwide music industry and famous fashion icons, copied by VIPs and non-fans.
Regained power and strength, BIGBANG, made their comeback in February with the 5th mini-album “Alive”, melting the hearts of both, many fans and haters, just like the cold ice under the warm sunlight. Through the album, the members have stated to be STILL ALIVE, ready to demonstrate they have the abilities to shoot to fame again. In fact, “Alive” was an international success : hundreds of thousands copies were sold across the world within just two months; it topped all Korean music charts and reached No. 1 and 2 on, respectively, Japan iTunes and Oricon Charts, No. 5 on US iTunes Top Albums and, as the last but not the least, No. 3 on Canadian iTunes. The music video of the lead song “Blue” gained more than 2 millions views on YouTube within 24 hours from its realease, while the following singles topped the Korean charts too.
On June 6th , BIGBANG realeased the special edition album “Still Alive” and reached again the higher positions in the music charts; the MV of the lead single, “Monster”, recorded about 4 million views in just 2 days from its launch.
Of course two extremely successful albums have to be accompanied by a tour, and in this case, Papa YG, the friendly nickname fans have given to CEO Yang Hyun Suk, has gone the whole hog announcing a world tour for the five young artists; the tours name is “ALIVE GALAXY TOUR” (previously know as “Alive Tour”) and started on March 22nd in Seoul, performing a three consecutive sold-out nights. They conquered not only their own country but also the entire Asia as the tickets for their exclusively concerts went sold-out in few minutes or hours in Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan while the strong demand for tickets in the USA made the organizers adding two additional dates.
The show in London is held in the Wembley Arena, Londons second largest indoor arena with its 12.500 seats, which is famous for having hosted concerts by the most important international artists such as ABBA, George Michael, Bob Dylan and Madonna. And now BIGBANG can perform in a place where only the BEST singers in the music world have made their concerts.
They are the first world tour for an Asian artist that Live Nation, one of the biggest live-events companies, will have produced and promoted. The Alive Galaxy Tour can count also on the experience and skills of the creative director, VMA-winning choreographer and Emmy-nominated director Laurieann Gibson (director of the famous “The Monster Ball Tour” by Lady GaGa) as well as the stage and lighting design Leroy Bennet and the sound engineer Ken Van Druten.
BIGBANGs Alive Galaxy Tour is definitely one of the most awaited concerts of a Korean group in Europe. The five artists are performing on December 15th on 19.30 (local time) at Wembley Arena as a early Christmas present for all the loyal VIPs, who were waiting for their powerful comeback.
Tickets will be available on October 26th from 9 a.m. on Live Nations and Ticketmasters websites. Live Nation has given the opportunity to buy Presale Tickets from October 25th moreover you can find also special packages : Sound Check Experience and Hot Tickets.
Be sure not to miss the best show of the year!
Sources : BIGBANGs Official Facebook
Live Nation and Ticketmaster