August 17, 2016

[KOREA TRIP 2016] C-Festival K-Pop Concert (+ VLOG)

Hello ~ Today I'm continuing to tell you guys about my trip to Seoul, South Korea back in May. On the second day we woke up around 7.30 AM to eat breakfast. We both were zombies suffering with jet-lag and lack of coffee. The fact that we got back "home" from Yeondeunghoe Lotus Lantern Festival around midnight and slept around 1-2 AM didn't do any good either... Anyhow after the breakfast we took the subway towards Gangnam and got off at Samseong Station.

We were lucky enough to find out about a free k-pop concert - you read that right - few days before our flight. We obviously had to go there as we are both fans of k-pop. The concert was the grand finale of C-Festival which was held at the COEX Mall area during the week. If you are curious to see who were performing - make sure you read until the end. Go grab a cup of tea or something - this post is a long one with lots of photos !

Gangnam, Seoul



Now I really felt I was away from Finland. There's nothing like this in Finland. If there are - maybe only one high building as a landmark :'Dd But in Gangnam there were tall buildings everywhere ! I don't know what that ring is but I took a photo anyways ^^

C-Festival 2016

Gangnam, Seoul

C-Festival 2016

Getting in line to the concert area ~ The main audience was separated in three sections with different colored (green, yellow and red - if I'm not wrong) bracelets. We were in the 2nd section and despite the fact we were pretty far (yet still close) we saw pretty damn well. There were people everywhere - I've never seen that many people at the same time !

C-Festival 2016

C-Festival 2016

Before the concert started there was a taekwondo performance and that alone was very impressing ! Their performance was super powerful and they also danced to Gangnam Style. Originally I was thinking of deleting these photos but I realized they'd make a good gif :) What do you think?

SNUPER at C-Festival 2016

SNUPER at C-Festival 2016

SNUPER at C-Festival 2016
The first artist performing was a 6-member rookie boy group called SNUPER. They performed few songs such as Platonic Love which I really like :) They were really adorable although they seemed to be a bit nervous in front of the huge audience. Just FYI they have recorded OSTs for few Korean dramas as well.

KNK at C-Festival 2016

KNK at C-Festival 2016

KNK at C-Festival 2016
Up next was another rookie boy group - KNK ! They just debuted this year. I really like their vocals and apparently they are one of the tallest idol groups out there. They performed their debut song Knock and also a new song I didn't recognize. Nevertheless they were really good live ! 

I.O.I at C-Festival 2016

I.O.I at C-Festival 2016

I.O.I at C-Festival 2016

I.O.I at C-Festival 2016
As you might not have heard of SNUPER or KNK before I'm sure you must have heard of these girls at some point. If you're familiar with k-pop at all - I'm 101% sure you have heard about this temporary girl group called I.O.I. These 11 girls were picked out of 101 girls from different entertainment agencies. The system was 100% based on the votes from the public through the program Produce 101.

Their entrance and the hype of the audience was no joke. Especially boys from the age of 12-22 were going crazy when Pick Me started. I'm super happy I got to see I.O.I live ~ I really liked all of the girls and saw them getting better while I was watching Produce 101.

iKON at C-Festival 2016

iKON at C-Festival 2016

iKON at C-Festival 2016

iKON at C-Festival 2016

iKON at C-Festival 2016
The second half of the concert was filled with artists from YG Entertainment ! I never imagined I'd see any YG artists performing live but that dream came true. For free ! First off was iKON - the newest boy group from YG. They performed many songs and I must say they are a must see live ! Their energy and everything - I'm legit sobbing as I'm remembering that day ;W; I think Dumb & Dumber and Rhythm Ta are the kind of songs that have much more power when heard live than from youtube.

I'm sad I don't have any better camera :// I had my phone as well as a small (bad quality) camera with me to capture the moments but people are greedy - I wish I had a DSLR or some other HD quality camera with me...

WINNER at C-Festival 2016

WINNER at C-Festival 2016

WINNER at C-Festival 2016

WINNER at C-Festival 2016

WINNER at C-Festival 2016

WINNER at C-Festival 2016

WINNER at C-Festival 2016
I can die happily ;W; WINNER are one of my absolute favorites - they hold a special place in my heart as they are one of the last groups where all of the members are older than I am... I have no words on how great they were. I've been following iKON and WINNER ever since WIN: Who Is Next - oh my heart can't take this ! WINNER performed many songs as well - Smile Again hitting them feels ;W; Can I get one of those light sticks as well?

PSY at C-Festival 2016

PSY at C-Festival 2016
AND THE GRANDE FINALE ! If I couldn't believe I saw iKON and WINNER then how about PSY?! I thought it was pretty hilarious that we were closest to the stage during PSY's performance yet still the audience was the wildest and craziest at the same time ! If iKON and WINNER are like princes and kings - PSY is on the level of a god - when it comes to getting the audience to scream, shout and jump around. PSY sang many of his hit songs such as Gentleman, Daddy, Champion and of course Gangnam Style - we were in Gangnam after all ;)


We took a blurred pic after the concert - I was so dead ! I honestly can't describe the concert with words - so here is a video ! I removed all the useless bits away yet I had to split it in two parts and still they're both super long. Go grab another cup of tea or coffee, enjoy and watch in HD ! Make sure you check out Krisse's post for better quality photos ;)

1st part: Taekwondo performance, SNUPER, KNK and I.O.I


2nd part: iKON, WINNER and PSY

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