Less than a month ago, fellow team member X.O and I decided to pack our bags on a whim and plan a trip to Spain, a country we both have never been to, marking our first time out of North America. For what you may ask? Originally, it was for vacation. We had all intentions of going to Spain for just vacation up until it was announced that Bang Yongguk would be touring Europe and decided we would visit a city that was part of his tour. Because we were originally heading to Barcelona, we decided that maybe we should go to Paris for the tour, but with our bad luck, the concert sold out the minute we tried to book tickets so in the end, Madrid it was! Without a doubt in mind, we purchased tickets to see the concert and closed the deal. I booked our flights, trains, and accommodations and finally, we were set off to visit the country of Spain where, according to one of our taxi drivers there, “the paella is the best and the metro is the most efficient”.
Before we even set off American soil, we were quick to notice how efficient and down to earth the tour organizers were by the way they interacted with fans of Bang Yongguk through all of their social media handles. They interacted with fans, answered their questions, had fun conversations with them, and overall were able to keep things intimate as well as professional with directing how the day of events would go on. I was both amazed and inspired by their friendliness and chill way of working, something that you rarely find here in America when it comes to concerts and tours.
The day of the actual concert was amazing. The venue was a club in Madrid with an intimate setting and beautifully decorated. Staff and fans were both very efficient when it came to figuring out how lining up would work and making sure everyone was in their right place before doors opened for Gold ticket holders. During the actual hi-touch and photo-op session, I noticed how different K-POP concerts were organized in Europe compared to here in America. Each fan was able to take a photo next to the artist, and the groups were only of four, rather than of 10 to 20. Even the fans were helping staff members switch out fans and make sure the photo-op process was as smooth as possible. It was quite cute to witness and I wish it were to work as well here as it did in Madrid.
The actual concert was my favorite part. Never ever have I witnessed such passion and love for performing as I did when Bang Yongguk began performing. You could see how deep and passionate he was towards his music, his lyrics, and his fans when he began his performance. I stood in the back and was able to take in the intimate atmosphere that arose from the relationship between the artist and his fans. It was so beautiful to witness fans tearing up and crying to both his lyrics and the passion he showcased when performing AM 4:44, a song that spoke deeply to many and whose lyrics showcased his personal struggles physically and emotionally during harsh times back in 2015. It left me speechless to see how a rollercoaster of emotions spread throughout the venue that night with each song performed.
The setlist for the whole concert was based on his first full album, BANG YONGGUK. He performed every song on the album and even performed YAMAZAKI, a song that many fans were very excited to see live for the first time outside of Asia. The atmosphere was never quiet and was always either heartfelt or hype, a perfect combination of emotions for an outstanding show. Even in the beginning, before show even began, there was a DJ, DJ EBONY, as the opening act, and fans were happily dancing and jamming out to his music. I found it hilarious when he played “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee which to my surprise, was actually a requested song by the fans. It brought tears of laughter to my eyes because it was a song that threw me back to my old elementary and middle school years.
As the show closed, the staff apologized for earlier misunderstandings and thanked everyone for their cooperation and patience. They even took photos with the fans which I found adorable and reminded me so much of KPD, who always takes photos at the end of every KWF or event we put on. K-EVENTS were honestly one of the best organizers I have ever had the pleasure to witness in work, and their personality and friendliness with fans reminded me so much of my team (KPD) when it came to our old times of working behind the scenes at concerts in Dallas and at our own organized events. It was heartwarming to see that there are people out there in the industry who want nothing but everything for the fans and only the fans. They had so much love and care and thought for the fans, that it truly made me smile and wish more organizers were like them when it came to concerts and tours. Along with them, I was amazed at how passionate and how much love the artist had for his craft and his fans. It was like a breath of fresh air to attend a concert where it didn’t even feel super strict or commercially made/produced like others I’ve been to. It felt free, real and intimate. I wish more concerts and shows were like this one was.
To conclude, I want to thank K-EVENTS for their amazing organization and friendliness throughout the tour, and of course to Bang Yongguk for an amazing show that will be engraved into my memories as one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. I also want to thank his staff and to all the fans in Madrid who were welcoming to both of us despite us being from out of the country. If K-EVENTS were ever to venture overseas, or if you are ever able to attend any of their concerts or events in Europe, I highly recommend them, and if Bang Yongguk were ever to perform in the U.S, I highly recommend you to attend one of his shows. You will not be disappointed.
To see more of Bang Yongguk’s concert or to learn more about K-EVENTS, please visit their Facebook page 🙂 at https://www.facebook.com/officialkevents/
For more information about Bang Yongguk, please visit his official website at https://bangyongguk.co.kr/
Cover photo by K-EVENTS, article by Lily – KPOP DALLAS. All opinions are my own and this article was not sponsored or paid for by anyone.