Eftychia LianeriKpopmap Contributor
When Eric Nam announced his European Tour, the demand was so high that many of the venues had to change to accommodate the expected large audiences of dedicated fans who were excited to see the soloist live. In the UK, Eric’s show sold out so quickly that, to everyone’s satisfaction, they added a second extra date.
The Korean-American artist has an amazing reach to international K-Pop fans and it is not a surprise as to why. Being a talented artist with skilled pipes is one reason but he is also actively involved with all aspects of the industry and often catering to English speaking audiences.
On June 22, Eric held his second UK show for the tour, in London, that also signified the end of his European tour. Long lines were expected as the second show was also sold out. The fans waited patiently and composed, despite the long line that was formed outside the site. What was unique about this audience, compared to other Korean artists shows, was the diversity of the crowd.
All genders all ages and many nationalities were present, as not only English but also Chinese and Korean could be heard while queuing to enter the venue. It was evident that the soloist and his easy listen music is beloved by all ages.
The man himself, Eric, even jokes that he often sees many parents in his shows, paraphrasing his words, “some of them are fans that happen to be parents and some of them are parents who are just dragged here”. Eric might have thanked these parents for their sacrifice and their service but it was very apparent that even they had a good time, and how couldn't they?
Eric delivered not only a pitch-perfect performance with his high notes at the forefront but he also had the magical ability to create genuine interactions with the audience.
The Dj and producer Steve James opened the show with mixes of popular songs from Zara Larson to 1975; Steve warmed up the crowd, gaining fans of his own and a lot of loud cheers.
Eric made his appearance right on schedule along with his four male dancers. The audience that attended the, fully packed, Islington Arena were up for the night of their lives! His set started with the Latin inspired and very addictive 'Potion' the fans almost in ecstasy were screaming and dancing along with the electronic beat.
Eric might not be the greatest dancer in K-Pop but his choreography was well adjusted to his skills; bubbly quirky dance moves suited his personality and the energy of the songs perfectly.
It would be hard to pick the crowd favorites of the night as the fans looked like they were enjoying every minute of it, from the first to the last song, however, the slower acoustic ‘This Is Not A Love Song’ stood out as it had the crowd singing along harmonising with the singer.
The interactions with the audience were what made this show special, they were non stop and felt very genuine and organic. From the stereotypical hearts, winks and smiles to giving away red roses during the song 'Good for you' Eric knew how to make his fans feel special.
And it was not only these special actions, but he would also constantly make funny comments such as his request directed towards the concertgoers who attended previous nights show, to forget everything, “Men in Black” style, imitating the famous scene from the movie.
Eric Nam’s live performance was an hour and a half full of musically varied songs that were mixed harmoniously to deliver a show that could be enjoyed by everyone. Lot’s of wide smiles and flushed cheeks from dancing was the outcome for the crowd at the end of the show.
His effortless charisma could win even the sceptics, or the non initiated to the K-Pop scene and his gig would be highly recommend to anyone who wants to bring along their friends and family.
We hope it will not take too long for Eric to return to the British Isles!
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