“This is all for our MINT.” - Narachan
3-member boy group, M.O.N.T made its comeback with their second mini-album “Awesome Up” and the title, “Rock Paper Scissors”. The first thing they did? Well just as they said, they held a fan showcase for their long waited MINT in a beautiful café in Seoul.
On Sunday evening of August 25th, 2019, Kpopmap was invited to witness the fans bright faces when the boys showed up on the stage in a café named, “Café de Bodyfriend”
The moment I arrived, fans were already long lined up, waiting for the gate to be opened and the first thing I’ve noticed was how diverse in nationality, the fans were. During the event, I found out that there were fans from all over the place such as U.S, U.K, France, Sweden, China, and a lot more showing how this group is loved by people all over the world!
As you enter, the first thing you see is a corner for M.O.N.T’s goods and two boards where fans can write messages and ask things they were curious about the group! These messages were later featured during the event as well.
The seats were fully filled up and after a bit of waiting, it was time! MINT has finally met their idol in 6 months and by the look of their faces, boy were they happy to see them. But this wasn’t just the fans. The “Organic idols” weren’t just glad, they were purely delighted, overjoyed to see their MINT in person.
With that, the fan showcase has officially started with the host, MC HARU, leading the event. After the photoshoot featuring the boy’s big smile on their face, the group sat down talked about their new album that consists four tracks including, ‘Bae’, ‘Best Friend’, ‘피곤(Tired)’ and the title, ‘Rock Paper Scissors’.
They have also picked out a keyword that associates with their new album and shared episodes that were related to their new album and the music video.
“ 'Bae' is a song about a crush but it also contains a message to our fans!” The boys stood up from the stool and performed their song, ‘Bae’ live in front of their fans. Their live performance was amazing of course, but one thing that stood out was how joyful they looked as they locked their eyes to the fans and sang for them in person.
After their performance, they had a little event that involves the ancient game, ‘Rock Paper Scissors’. Under the chair where fans were sitting, had three special cards hidden and the lucky winners were brought up on stage and stood behind each of the members.
The members then played rock-paper-scissors to pick the winner. The fan who stood behind the winner was able to receive one of the member’s framed photo of one’s choosing.
Remember the stickies that fans wrote when they were entering? Those heartwarming messages were read by the members themselves, giving them positive energy that certainly is needed for the group’s upcoming journey.
With that, the official event was over as the group stood up and each said a few words for the fans who attended the fan showcase.
After this event, the group moved to the back of the venue where they prepared drinks for the fans who came by. Each member made the drinks and personally thanked each and every fan who came as they picked up the beverage.
As the fan showcase ended, it marked a new start for the group and what I felt after was that it was full of warm laughter. The laughter that you can hear when you are with your close friends, A smile you can make when you see your friend on the day you came back to school after a long summer break. It was a burst of pure joy from both the fans and M.O.N.T. We wish all the best for the group and their promotions for the album, “Awesome Up!”