Yeah, I went to the Korean wave festival in Melbourne today.
My main reason to go to the festival was because of Eatyourkimchi, who are my favorite bloggers living in Korea. It’s very amusing to watch them on Youtube and see things about Korea, and sometimes Southeast Asia, from their perspectives. They were having a meet and greet event and unfortunately, they couldn’t meet every single one of their fans due to time limitations so tickets were given out. I swear I have never been this desperate to get a ticket to meet them. Lol. They are like my non-related relatives for me because I stumbled upon them on Youtube back in 2008 and ever since then, I followed them because 1, they have similar sense of humor like me. 2, watching them makes me feel like I’m back home for some odd reason.
The downside of the meet and greet ticket was that it was not sold but is given away so you have to bet on your luck to get them. I screamed bloody murder to get a ticket and that kind of shows my level of desperation. And of course, I got the tickets! Oh yey happy days!
Simon and Martina are not different from how I see them on screen. They are very friendly, bubbly and witty. Martina is seriously pretty and so adorable! Her pink hair just brightens up everyone’s mood, or at least it had that effect on me. Simon, on the other hand, is a very soft huggable person. How do I know? Because I hugged them! HA!! I was so glad I could meet them in person! It’s like “ermehgard, I’ve been following you guys for year and now you appear in front of me!”
Oh, I saw DarrenTP and JohnnyUnleashed from Youtube too. I only found out about Johnny at the event. He’s really, really cute like a bunny rabbit. In fangirl term, he’s so precious. Lol. Darren is way taller than I imagined and I really like his small pony tail. Of course, their dance covers were really good.
I saw Miryo from Brown Eyed Girls too!!! She is totally adorable and cute to boot. She’s not the usual fierce rapper we see on screen. She’s really sweet and very dainty.
So, that was the highlight of the event. Let’s move on to other performances of the event.
There were, of course, dance covers, singing covers, performances and last but not least, food.
Thanks to the festival coordinators, I am now addicted to Janggu, a traditional Korean drum. It could either be the guy who performed with such passion or that the actual piece he played was really good.
Dudes who can play musical instrument are sexy
Thankfully, there were no kpop groups attending the event because I just cannot imagine with level of screams if there was a group attending. They just scream their hearts out even if it’s a dance cover and it never fails to startle me whenever the fangirls go into scream-o mode. There were local dance crews and artists who do kpop covers. I thought I was a pretty hardcore fangirl but no…there were people who are are different levels from me. If I have to speak in terms…I’m at elementary school level while most of them are at Ph.D student level. That’s how the enthusiasm differs.
I’ll never be at that level. I mean, I even find it very hard to follow SHINee closely these days.
The performances were okay. I don’t want to sound like a music snob and provide detailed review about all of them. But, here are a few complaints I have.
Dancers. Please, be enthusiastic. Or at least pretend to. If you are not, don’t dance at all. Put some sass and force. Some were really good but some of the dancers were just plain awful. They had dead-pan, uninterested faces and their moves were like lazy limbs frolicking on stage. It was a pain to watch them suffer on stage. It’s not that I can dance better. I can’t dance in public to save my life. I take my time out to watch you guys and please, make it worthwhile for me because you chose to perform for people on the stage.
There were good cover singers, who had raw talent that just need to be polished but some made my ears bleed. Again, not pointing out individuals.
I know they are covers but even if it is, put your heart and soul into it because if you are genuine enough, you will definitely shine. Don’t do it because you want to be popular or because other people do it. Do it because you really want to.
There, I’ve said it.
It was admiral to meet people who share similar interests like me. It’s good to be in the crowd which radiates energy. I hope there are more events in the future because I would totally go there.
Now that I have a taste and feel of how a kpop event is like. I am kind of imagining scenarios when I finally get to attend either SHINee or EXO concerts. I’ll need VIP tickets so that I get extra privileges, ear plugs to filter out the fangirl screams and something to keep myself calm so that I don’t faint from excitement after seeing the idols in flesh, especially Key, Kris, Luhan, Tao, Suho and Kai.
Did any of you who stumbled on my blog went there? What are your thoughts? Please let me know if you went!
Until next post.