Soompi Says: Korean vs. American K-Pop Concertsharmonicar November 23, 2015 0 Concert season is speedycoming near in Seoul, whilstin contemporary times in the U.S. there has been a stableflow of K-pop teams coming to excursion stateside.
Here at Soompi, we’re no strangers to the concert grind regardless that our K-pop concert enjoy has generally been separated by way ofanything called the Pacific Ocean. Recently, our workforce OK, handiest3folksgot herein combination to chat about precisely what the variations are between K-pop concerts in the U.S. and Korea.
Believe it or not, there are reasonablyloads of differences that we discovered to be rather sudden from the ticketing procedure to concert day itself. We’ll also speak about INFINITE’s faces (OK, perhaps alone I’ll do that).
To get started with, how qualified are you to discuss about concerts?Monica (harmonicar): Man, we want tocommence alongside qualifications?? OK, so beautiful much I’ve lived in Korea for three years and all overthat point I’ve observednumerous concerts, like, a lot. I in the beginningpurchased a price tage bookthat maygrasp like, one hundred tickets and I… may… have… almost… filled… it….
Jenny (benightedxflame): Total judgement.
Courtney (knims): Side-eyeing you correct now.
Monica: Y U DO DIS TO ME JENNY. Courtney, you went with me so
Jenny: Wait, so fundamentally you lot spent a 3rd of your time in Korea attending concerts? Not gonna lie, this is THE LIFE.
Monica: I WORKED, OK? Yet haven’t you long goneto loveso much of concerts in the U.S. too? I appearto endure in mind you telling me you saw VIXX. More than one times.
Courtney: To be fair, it’s depravedsimpleto wait concerts when you’re in Korea.
Jenny: OKAY, so I would possibly or would in all probability not accept (totally have) visible VIXX each and everyunmarried fourth dimension they came to the U.S. I duvetmany of U.S. concerts for Soompi, so I might order that I’ve been to maybe 80% of idol groups’ tours in the U.S. since 2010. And its fairly astounding you wouldnt believe how much the scene has changed, just in thebeyond few years. Concerts in the U.S. for K-pop were pretty infrequenta couple of years ago, but there turns out to be one or occasionally eve more one each calendar month or so. Earlier than 2011, maximum artists just attended gala's in Los Angeles and glued to the West Coast for minor performances, but now you've got artists like B1A4 appearing solo in Dallas. Still, organizers are pretty selective in getting artists to tour the U.S., but I’d thinkfolksgetsto look their favorites more continuously in Korea?
Courtney: Definitely! When I used to be in Korea for just a few years I saw BEAST like 30 times but I’ve only considered them in the states once. For the past two years I’ve been seeing concerts in the U.S. (mainly West Coast), so I’ve played the ticketing game in either countries. In the end, seeing concerts in Korea is such a lotmore straightforward (when you are living in Seoul) so I went to plenty of more than a few groups’ solo concerts and while I’ll also pass to random groups in the U.S., I need to bea bit of more selective because tickets here are expensive. When I opt for work, I’ll see any personbut if 1in realitysign up for the ticketing game it’s just for groups I truly honey (mainly BTS, in conjunction withthe remainder of North America).
Monica: Personally, I’ve never been to a K-pop concert in the U.S. so I’m no longer exactly certain what the activity is like. Most groups preservea minimum of one solo concert once a year, and regularly times there can be smaller appearances at festivals or “collective” concerts like Dream Concert interspersed at some point of the year. Upload that in your idol actively selling and you’ll be ready to see them multiple times a year on stage.
Courtney: Yeah, Korea loves having smaller concerts featuring a number of artists for random reasons like university festivals, brand-sponsored events, church events, tourism-related festivals. You'll win tickets, go for loose equally a foreigner, or maybe but pay an affordable $50 to see up to ten acts in one night! Sure, the U.S. has the KTMF at Hollywood Bowl and KCON but the ones volition set you back as a minimum $200 for quality seats if you could become the quality seats!
Jenny: Wow, it’s pretty wild to think that you will see that your bias community in usereach month or so in Korea. Very few artists have had more than one solo tour in the U.S. For example, I like INFINITE, and I haven’t seen them since they toured in 2013, and wont get every otherprobability to till next January.
Monica: Yep, in contrast, I’ll be capable of catch them while I’m here since, although I’m only here for three months, they’ll be making an appearance at the Pepsi Concert in December.
Jenny: I truly precisely visited Korea for the primary time final month thanks to KOFICE, and had the opportunity to catch iKON’s first debut concert live. For a debut concert, it used to be A LOT of people. I know in the U.S. concerts, even more veteran artists are most commonly confined to smaller spaces that seat a few thousand individuals then the concert itself feels more intimate, but iKON brought in, what, 15,000 people? I believe like I say this a lot, but, that’s crazy.
Monica: LiterallyI believe the concert venues in Korea at the instant are smaller than in comparison to the U.S.? Where you saw iKON, Olympic Gymnastic Stadium, is currently regarded asthe largest concert venue in Korea; if an artist does a concert there they’re taken into consideration to have “made it.” It’s definitely smaller than say Madison Square Lawn or the Staples Center, maybe two-thirds the size?
Jenny: Well, the last act that conducted at Madison Square Garden changed into SMTOWN NYC back in 2011. DJ DOC, COOL and a few older artists done there this September, but rather than that, groups sometimes go for the smaller Very bestPurchase Theater when they’re performing in New York. Groups definitely dont opt for the huge, all-out venues.
Courtney: Most of the groups that come here on tour hit up smaller venues for example at the West Coast, Club Nokia (LA) and the Warfield Theater (SF) are favourite stops and they just seat 2,300 americans each. In Korea, we’re speaking Olympic arenas!! But, it’s also vitalto noticethat during Korea the general public displacecommute to Seoul pretty effortlessly to see their faves even from the farthest point south it’s a five hour, kind of $40 bus ride tops. In the U.S., the target market is so a lot more spread out and flights are very much now not cheap.
Monica: Interesting, I haven’t really been to concerts in the U.S. so I really can’t say, but in general the venues in Korea feel much smaller in comparison to the venues I’ve been in in Japan or Taiwan.
Courtney: Oh! Some other interesting thing is the superiority of “mystery” concerts in the U.S. For example, yearly the KTMF Hollywood Bowl tickets go on sale before the lineup is announced. Lovers who needthe most efficient seats have to shop for earlier they really know who’s attending. We also had one more concert this past year that sold tickets before the lineup was announced I ponder whetherthis is avogue that the U.S. may well be moving towards? I can’t believe Korea having mystery concerts…
Monica: Yeah Korea doesn’t really do mystery concerts. I feel like it’s because fans are so in-the-know that there wouldn’t really be a mystery, they’d figure it out right away.
Jenny: Never querythe ability of the netizens.
So, I'm hoping we’ve convinced you that we know what we’re talking about and that you could trust us. In portions two and 3 of this series, we’ll go more in-depth into the process of ticketing and then the true concert experience!
How many concerts have you been to? Do you have any questions you’d like us to cope with in the impending parts?Courtney (knims) is situated in the San Francisco place of work and desperately anticipating a BEAST North American tour. In the meantime, she’s seeing a lot of BTS and isn’t complaining about it. Shes also captivated with gifs.
Monica (harmonicar) is located in the Seoul office, and is a former instructor who once taught at CNBLUEs Yonghwas primefaculty in Busan. She is an avid Endless fan, and was once served beer by Sungyeol in Seoul.
Jenny (benightedxflame) is all over the place the East Coast going to concerts (particularly VIXXs), and wishing she was a a section of the Running Guy cast.
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