This summer, Kpopmap partnered up with the City of Incheon to offer international K-Pop fans the opportunity to check out their favorite acts as they performed at INK 2017. Far before the line-up was even fully announced, we received a huge response from fans all over the world – with many even traveling from overseas just to be able to see their idols in action!
So what exactly went down at INK 2017? Well, let’s just say you’re not going to want to miss this.
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The Incheon K-Pop Concert is an annual event held at Munhak Sports Complex by the City of Incheon. It not only puts on huge, star-studded performances, but promotes Incheon tourism. (Fun fact: Did you know three members of Lovelyz were born and raised there?) Not only did K-Pop fans receive a ticket to the concert, but they also received tickets to a free tour of the city. They could also find out more information about what to do when visiting Incheon at a number of information booths outside.
While fans arrived to the venue, not only could they grab a bite to eat at a number of different food vendors, but there was also a lot of other things to do, from getting your nails painted to picking up merch from your favorite attending K-Pop act.
As the city’s major soccer venue, Munhak Sports Complex is absolutely massive, but Kpopmap was able to get their own special section on the ground level. We were feeling like some real VIPs!
While we were waiting for the show to begin, Kpopmap took the chance to mingle with the global fans that were sitting in our section, and we were surprised to see just how diehard Kpopmap readers are when it comes to their idols. You guys really went all out!
Meet Didie, a college student from Vancouver, Canada who is currently a part of an exchange program at a Seoul university. Like a good amount of the fans there, she was so excited to be able to see “Produce 101” project group Wanna One. Her group biases? Wanna One’s JiSung and MinHyun, of course.
Next up, we got to chat with Min, a superfan of Red Velvet‘s SeulGi. Covered in Red Velvet merchandise, it was definitely clear that he was excited to see them the most. When we talked to him, we learned that he actually got to catch the girls live before, when they performed at M!Countdown in his home country of Vietnam.
Perhaps the biggest all-around superfan among us was Adrien from France, currently an international student studying computer science in Seoul. When we asked him who he was here to see, it was definitely most of the line-up! However, he definitely had his Wanna One merch ready.
Adrien brought along two of his friends, who were there to support both Wanna One and B.A.P. For one of his friends, who came all the way from Bali, Indonesia, it was her very first K-Pop concert! We were so excited that Kpopmap was able to help her see her favorite idols for the very first time.
Kpopmap fans were absolutely ecstatic from the beginning, which isn’t too hard when the first stage to kick the evening off was Wanna One‘s performance of “Pick Me,” the title song from “Produce 101.” Gotta love those pyrotechnics!
During the concert, we kept noticing more and more matching colored lights for different artists coming from one section of the upper deck of the stadium – red for Red Velvet and green for B.A.P. We originally thought they were being held by the fans of the respective groups, but later on in the show, we found out the truth!
It turned out that Highlight fans prepared a special lightstick event to commemorate 100 days since the group’s debut, and by the time that Highlight came out on stage, it was clear to see who they were there for! Not only we were touched by the gesture, but so was the group. And the moment they finished singing “Plz Don’t Be Sad,” Highlight vocalist YoSeob let out a nice and loud “The lights are beautiful!” (‘Light’ is also the name of Highlights fanclub, so we see what you did there, YY.)
All-in-all, it was a terrific night, and we were so fortunate to be able to spend it with our Kpopmap readers! If you’ve missed out this time around, don’t worry – we’re planning on hosting more K-Pop related opportunities and events in the future. In the meantime, keep checking back and continuing to support Kpopmap!