PLT (PLT) visited the UK capital for a long-awaited show as the last stop of their European tour on the 17th of February.
The fans were patiently waiting outside the venue, ULU Live. Right on schedule, the hall filled with a few hundred people. Once the crowd gathering the excitement could be felt and heard in between loud cheers, airdropping Park JinYoung memes, cute interactions with the venue’s security and chanting the English lyrics from Villain’s song “Manitto”. The one hour wait for PLT to enter the stage felt like it was only a few minutes.
To those who are not familiar with PLT, they might think they are another Korean group/ boy band, but Planetarium Records is a collaboration of solo artists under the same label. They release both solo projects and collaborative projects either with all of them or as units. There's strength in unity, June, Moti, JinWoo, GaHo, Villain and Kei.G (he is the 6th member but was not attending the show) are in their early twenties, very talented and up and coming hip hop and r&b musicians. Despite all of them oozing talent and charisma it would have been very difficult of them to tour individually as they are not well established in the scene yet.
The show begins with June hesitantly entering the stage with his smooth vocals in the song “The way you feel inside”, and after two tracks it was time for GaHo. After performing his solo “Going”, with great energy and emotive gestures, Villain joined him to perform “Shine on you”, hyping the audience for what’s to come.
JinWoo was next, with the best fashion of the night, in total black, a “fur” jacket and an aura of mystery, he begins his set. Mid-song, after some fans loudly expressed their love for the artist, his concentration was gone and chuckled while trying to get his composure back and trying to sing the emotional “Satellite”, that was also sang during his audition in the TV talent show K-pop Star 5.
After enjoying JinWoo’s husky vocals, it was time for rapper Moti, who brought, not literal, fire on stage. Moti just a few days ago released his first mini-album titled “WHSH” after, as he explained, his personal mantra “Work hard stay humble”. Sharp and deep rap lines delivered while trying to interact as much as he could with the fans who reciprocated with great enthusiasm. June graced the stage again as he joined Moti in the duet “Go”.
Last to make his solo appearance was Villain who welcomed everyone in perfect English. His energy and charisma on stage are undoubtedly captivating. One of the most memorable moments of the show was when he recounted a story from his youth. After living abroad for a few years, he, unfortunately, faced racism while staying in Dubai, and despite being shaken from these events and after his mother’s advice he decided to just give back love even to those who gave him hate. Villain then resumed performing the longest solo set of the night (four songs) including the crowd favourite “Manitto” with the energy of a hyperactive kid and even getting off the stage to perform between excited fans.
The atmosphere got even hotter when PLT started performing songs like “Days”, “Insomniac” and “Igoholic” as a group and units. At that point of the show all barriers were broken from both sides, the audience and the guys of PLT. The fans were having the best time of their life taking photos with the artists, jumping, singing, screaming their names.
The end show and subsequently the end of their European tour unfortunately came and with the special PLTfied Union Jack in their hands, they thanked both the audience and the staff, including the hosts MyMusicTaste, that helped them organize plan and support the tour. With lots of photos taken by the five guys as souvenirs, it was time to leave the stage. A few lucky fans were able to attend a high touch session.
Despite initially showing signs of nervousness PLT managed to bond with the audience and delivered an unforgettable show.
We are looking forward to having you back!