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Wanyai wins MAMA music award in Japan

Published December 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Wanyai wins MAMA music award in Japan

Dec 06. 2019
By The Nation

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Olran “Wanyai” Chujai, a former member of the Room 39 band, and debuted as a solo artist under LOVEiS Entertainment, has won the Best New Asian Artist (Thailand) at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) at Nagoya Dome in Japan.

He enjoyed huge success with his song “Enough”, that has now hit almost 100 million views on YouTube.

He said the MAMA award meant a lot to him and thanked LOVEiS Entertainment and Holyfox Records for their support.

Nont Tanont won Best Asian Artist (Thailand) but could not be present to receive the award due to his tight schedule.

Feast of classical music at Neilson Hays Library

Published December 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Feast of classical music at Neilson Hays Library

Dec 05. 2019

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Neilson Hays Library has organised a special concert on Sunday (December 15) by a string quartet from the College of Music at Mahidol University.

The concert will feature classical compositions and songs to usher in the festive season.

In the first part of the concert, the string quartet will play compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Karl Jenkins, Astor Piazzolla and other composers, while in the second part they will be playing traditional carols and popular Christmas songs.


Patis Intaramaha (violin) is currently studying under the Western Music Performance programme at the College of Music, Mahidol University, under the tutelage of the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster.

Omiros Yavroumis is a principal of second violin for Mahidol Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster for Salaya Chamber, and has participated in many quartet groups.

Warubon Chongtron (violin) is studying at the Music Programme at the College of Music,  Mahidol University.  She is a member of the Mahidol Pre-College Orchestra and the highly prestigious Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra.

Krittaboon Doktoey (viola) has been studying at the College of Music Mahidol University with Danny Keasler. He has participated in several chamber music concerts and has been a member of Salaya Chamber since 2016.

Chayuth Kaivikai (cello) has won the first prize in Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music chamber competition. He also has been performing with several chamber orchestras, including Salaya Chamber, Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music Youth Orchestra, and Mahidol Symphony Orchestra.



Palladio – Karl Jenkins;

Divertimento No 1 in D major – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;

String Quartet No 1 in F major, Op18, 1st movement – Ludwig van Beethoven;

String Quartet No 2 in A minor, 1st movement – Felix Mendelssohn;

Adagio for String – Samuel Barber;

Marche Militaire – Franz Schubert;

Eine kleine Nacthmusik. 1st movement – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart;

Oblivion – Astor Piazzolla.


Jingle Bells – James Lord Pierpont;

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach;

Joy to the World – Traditional Carol;

The Coventry Carol – Traditional Carol;

12 Days of Christmas – John Dervor;

Deck the Halls – Thomas Oliphant;

O Christmas Tree – Traditional Carol;

The First Nowell – Traditional Carol;

O Come, All Ye Faithful – John Reading;

Christmas Carol Suite – Jeff Manookian;

Silent Night – Franz Gruber;

Let It Snow – Jule Styne.

Tickets can be purchased online at the library, or reserve seats by calling 02-233-1731, or emailing info@neilsonhayslibrary.org.

The organisers have urged people to use taxis or public transportation due to limited parking space.

“The Strings: Classical and Christmas”

When: Sunday, December 15 from 6pm to 8pm

Where: Neilson Hays Library

Ticket prices:  Bt450, Bt350 for library members, Bt100 for students

Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo relish Apple Music Awards

Published December 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Lizzo relish Apple Music Awards

Dec 03. 2019
By The Nation

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Billie Eilish has won the Apple Music Award for Artist of the Year while the Song of the Year trophy went to Lil Nas X for “Old Town Road”.

Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish

The Apple Music Awards honour achievements across five distinct categories and winners are chosen through a process that reflects editorial perspective, combined with the interest of customers around the world.

“The winners for global artist of the year, songwriter of the year and breakthrough artist of the year were hand-selected by Apple Music’s global editorial team of experts and given to artists who have true passion for their craft, who boldly defy conventions in the category and who embody a sense of humanity, where listeners are drawn as much to who they are as to their music,” a press statement from the company said.

Eilish’s blunt relatability helped turn her full-length debut album “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” co-written and produced by her brother Finneas, into an instant worldwide sensation, and the most played album on Apple Music this year. She won the award for the most-streamed album of 2019, with more than a billion streams on Apple Music.

Lil Nas X

Lil Nas X

Meanwhile, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” was the biggest single of 2019 and the most-streamed song on Apple Music this year.

“I went into the realm of a loner cowboy, needing to run away from everything,” Lil Nas X told Apple Music. “But I also wanted to put it with what was on the rise, which is the whole meme culture, plus actually making it a listenable, catchy song.”



The other winner is Lizzo, who bagged the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award.

“This is what a breakthrough is all about, babies,” Lizzo told Apple Music.

There’s no point in being humble: it doesn’t get much bigger than “Cuz I Love You” and its chin-up single “Truth Hurts”, which dared to ask what pop stars should look and sound like – and whether they should play flute while twerking.

Apple designed the awards to celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship integral to creating music. Each award features Apple’s custom silicon wafer suspended between a polished sheet of glass and a machined and anodised aluminium body.

Super Junior thrills Thai fans with twin performances

Published November 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Super Junior thrills Thai fans with twin performances

Nov 30. 2019
 Super Junior comes on stage in style.

Super Junior comes on stage in style.
By Urisara Kowitdamrong
Special to TheNation

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Fans filled the huge IMPACT Arena Muang Thong Thani for the two performances by South Korea’s legendary boy band Super Junior on Saturday and Sunday, again proving the strong appeal of its Super Show.

Super Show, a concert brand associated with Super Junior, has been a sensation across the world for many years.

On hearing that there would be two performances of ‘SUPER JUNIOR WORLD TOUR – SUPER SHOW 8: INFINITE TIME’ in Bangkok, several fans did not hesitate to buy tickets for the two similar shows.

Super Junior, which made its debut here in 2005, can always count on its Thai fans. Known collectively as ‘ELF” (Ever Lasting Friends), Super Junior’s supporters turned up in full force for the ‘SUPER JUNIOR WORLD TOUR – SUPER SHOW 8 : INFINITE TIME’ in Bangkok’ last Saturday and Sunday, holding up the band’s official light sticks.

Super Show 8 marked the eighth time Super Junior staged its Super Show in Thailand. This time, the performances featured Leeteuk, Yesung, Shindong, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun who joined up in May.

On Saturday, the band not only performed their super hits but also numbers from its latest album. Organized by SM True, this concert presented a stage in the form of “infinity shape” to resonate with the ‘Infinite Time’ theme.

The concert on Sunday kicked off at 4 pm with a video clip showing the Super Junior members in black suits. As excitement soared, the white-clad singers appeared on stage rendering ‘The Crown’ from their ninth and just-released album, Time Slip. Energy filled the air as the artists went ahead with ‘A Man in Love’ (remix) and ‘Bonamana (rearranged). This opening session then concluded with the South Korean version of ‘Blue World’.

Next, it was time for the singers to greet the audience. They tried hard to speak Thai, drawing laughters from the fans. Siwon could speak Thai quite fluently and drew huge screams with, “Roo Mai Puak Khun Na Narak. Ma Yoo Nai Krapao Suea Khong Phom Mai Rao Ja Dai Yoo Duay Kan” in Thai (You know you are cute. Would you like to jump into my pocket so that we can stay together?) But the loudest cheer rose for Eunhyuk, who said “I am happy because (there are) too many beautiful girls” and then pointed at an artificial tattoo featuring “Thai” under his left eye.

After the official greeting, giant screens inside the hall showed a clip of Super Junior members holding hand with a girl who seemed to represent “ELF”.

A big wow followed as spotlight shone on Super Junior artists lying on the stage. Cameras hanging from above showed their choreographic moves in an impressive performance of ‘Heads Up’. Fun then continued with ‘I Think I’, ‘Sexy, Free & Single’, “Mr. Simple’, and ‘Opera’.

The mood then swung to a “touching” part as Super Junior artists gave their definition of love via a clip. While all answers were warm, Yesung must have delighted ELF the most with his answer – “Love is beautiful and warm. I think love gives optimism. It makes the world more beautiful. And for now, my love is about the audience holding beautiful blue balloons (symbol of Super Junior before the introduction of the band’s light sticks) and ELF”.

The warm feelings then spread further as Super Junior singers came out crooning ‘Love Disease’. The band then sang ‘She’s gone’ and ‘My All is You’. Fans felt even warmer as the singers sat down on their chairs facing members of the audience in every direction for the rendition of ‘Believe’. Some also reached out to fans to check the messages on the banners they were waving. This session ended with ‘Somebody New’.

They then started chatting with the fans on the theme of love. Kyuhyun drew screams when he said his love was for Thailand. Leeteuk told fans that since they had been with the band for 14 years, it should be easy to stay for 14 more years. After the fan talks, they sang ‘No Other’ while walking around the hall via the infinity-shaped stage to be up close and personal with the audience.

Another clip then came on the screen, showing Super Junior members doing rap with each having their own tune. The funniest came from Eunhyuk, who teased other band members. For example, he said Shindong ate too much and Leetuek was already old.

After the clip, greater fun ensued as Super Junior members turned up in retro attire. They rendered “Rokuko’, before Leetuek and Siwon delivered ‘Hairspray’ together. Next was the KRY dance break, featuring Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung. Shindong, Eunhyuk and Donghae then served ‘What is your name’ before all singers joining up on ‘Devil’, ‘Shirt’ and ‘SUPER Clap’.

The concert peaked with another short clip and live performance of super hits ‘MAMACITA’, ‘Black Suit’, Sorry Sorry – Answer’, and ‘Sorry, Sorry’, coupled with stunning pyro techniques.

It seemed like a finale, but fans started screaming for more as the artists moved away from stage. They got their wish as the band returned for ‘Show’ and “Too Many Beautiful Girls’ amid loud applause.

Some fans even touched the artists and took selfie with them.

And before the curtains came down, the artists asked for an official photo with the audience and took turn speaking to their fans. Their words were all sweet, but Leetuek’s might be the most memorable to the Thai audience – “Without our Thai fans, we would have not been the Super Junior today. Please stay with us forever”.

Making music history — Gamelatron comes to Anantara resort

Published November 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Making music history — Gamelatron comes to Anantara resort

Nov 30. 2019
Aaron Taylor Kuffner

Aaron Taylor Kuffner

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Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort is playing host to Bangkok’s first and only Gamelatron, a sonic-kinetic gamelan installation by artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner.

Gamelan is a type of percussive ensemble originating from Indonesia, with equivalents found in terms of instrument and tonality throughout Southeast Asia. Following years of immersion in gamelan culture in Java and Bali, American conceptual artist and musician Kuffner has captured its magic in modern form.

His Gamelatron artworks take handcrafted bronze instruments and retrofit them with suspended robotic mallets. Each is connected to a network that transcribes digital notes into an array of electrical pulsations.

The result is a ghostly automation of a traditional gamelan performance, with original compositions by the artist played.

Greeting guests in the reception hall of Anantara Riverside, the exhibition of Gamelatron will be located at the lobby for long periods of time.

The one-of-a-kind Gamelatron Pohon Electrum 2015 is a vision of powder-coated steel, silicon and bronze. As with all of the artist’s works, the piece is customised to the space to maximise acoustics and visual impact. The artist’s aim is to create a sanctuary for the mind, while furthering the evolution of consciousness through the experience of beauty and the sublime.

Kuffner has created over 60 Gamelatrons over the last decade. They have been displayed at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions and collectives, from the Smithsonian to the Venice Biennale to Burning Man.

A world of music at our doorstep

Published November 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A world of music at our doorstep

Nov 06. 2019

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra is returning for its fifteenth season to Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University this month.

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra is returning for its fifteenth season to Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University this month.
By Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul
Special to The Nation
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The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off its 2020 season this weekend with a new work by Narong Prangcharoen

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, which has been a significant force in Bangkok’s musical and cultural scenes since its initiation in 2005, scored a first recently when the presale tickets for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert” sold out within 5 minutes and the rest of the seats were snapped up in just half an hour.

“It is a surprising phenomenon and I’m not sure any orchestra has sold so many tickets for a performance in such a short time,” said Dr Narong Prangcharoen, dean of the College of Music, Mahidol University, during Monday’s press conference to launch the TPO’s 15th season at Arnoma Grand Bangkok Hotel.

“It is one of programmes we have chosen to ensure our orchestra serves people from all walks of life.”

Dr Narong Prangcharoen, right, poses with Khunying Patama Leesawatrakul, centre, chair of the board of Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and Prof Banjong Mahaisawariya, acting president of Mahidol University.

And indeed in this new season, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra – one of three professional orchestras in Southeast Asia, the other two being the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra – is continuing to push orchestral music forward and explore new possibilities, new music, new combinations and new horizons.

“New horizons, in particular, is our theme for this 15th season as we work to build a bigger and better fan base around our classical music,” he adds.

True to the theme, the new season kicks off this weekend (November 8-9) with “New Horizons” composed by Narong Prangcharoen which premiered at the Beijing Modern Music Festival earlier this year.

Also on the programme is Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No 6” featuring an ingenious use of percussion instruments evoking the composer’s idyllic love for nature. Maestro Alfonso Scarano conducts.

 Singapore’s Kahchun Wong, the first Asian to win the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2016, will conduct the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s “Symphony No 5”.

The following weekend (November 15-16), the TPO will perform a selection of arias and overtures from Richard Wagner’s operatic works with soloist tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi adding his powerful voice to “Lohengrin” and “Die Meistersinger.” “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert”, which will be on November 23-24, is the closing programme for this month.

All concerts will be held at Prince Mahidol Hall, Mahidol University.

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Richard Wagner’s operatic works with tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi as soloist.


Presale tickets for the “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert” sold out within 5 minutes and within 30 minutes every ticket had gone.

As ever, this new season will feature several guest orchestras, among them the Royal Concertgebouw Brass, which was voted as No 1 orchestra in the world by Gramaphone and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

The 2020 concerts open on Children’s Day (January 10-11) with the musical tale of “Sudsakorn”, adapted from a Thai literary work and composed by Thanapol Setabrahmana, together with puppet troupe Semathai Marionette.

“Today’s new generation doesn’t know Thai literature or the works of the royal poet Sunthorn Phu. This will introduce them to the story and at the same time let them listen to music. Most importantly, they will be able to try out musical instruments in a kind of an instrument petting zoo,” says Narong.


“Sudsakorn” is a musical tale adapted from Thai literature that will be performed together with puppet troupe Semathai Marionette.

February, meanwhile, will see the return of the Thailand International Jazz Conference, one of the hottest tickets of the year. Now in its 12th edition, it will see the TPO pairing with jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkea and Jorge Pardo, a legendary Flamenco jazz saxophonist. On May 30-31, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform “Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert” which is expected to sell out fast like “Harry Potter.”

“We have invited Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong, the first Asian to win the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, to conduct the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s ‘Symphony No 5’. He is currently the chief director for Germany’s Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. Others guests include violinist Philippe Quint, who has been nominated for many Grammy Awards,” says Narong.

Maestro Scarano will lead the TPO in eight fascinating programmes including the immense Celebration of Beethoven, a two-day spectacle commemorating Beethoven’s 250th birthday that will see the performance of all nine symphonies, a feat rarely accomplished by any orchestra.

The TPO welcomes back maestro Jeffery Meyer, winner of the 2019 American Prize in Orchestral Programming, to lead an innovative and evocative evening of Stravinsky, complete with dazzling visual animations projected onto custom-made installations designed by the faculty of the Mahidol University International College.

Brazilian maestro Evandro Matte will lead the annual evening of music from Latin America, Spaniard Jose-Luis Novo will conduct a programme of music from Spain, Claude Villaret will lead a concert of national treasures, and Johannes Klumpp will present a sparkling concert of music by Ravel.

One of the College of Music’s most important responsibilities is to connect with the audience and the community. It is offering a unique new opportunity of a side-by-side concert to give amateur musicians the thrill of performing on stage at Prince Mahidol Hall with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra’s musicians led by conductor Gudni Emilsson. The applicants must attend an audition.

“For this year, we have ‘Saturday Subscription Packages’ with up to 60-per-cent savings over single-ticket purchases. We would like Thais to have more chances to listen to good pieces of music. The main purpose of the College of Music is bringing music to society,” Narong says. “We want to help Thailand’s GDP increase by encouraging young people to have a real experience of being a professional pianist, vocalist or conductor of Thailand. Music is much more than entertainment.”

For more details and updated information visit http://www.thailandphil.com and http://www.facebook.com/ThailandPhil.  Tickets for the concerts can be booked at http://www.thaiticketmajor.com, the TTM Call Centre at (02) 262 3456, and the PMH/MACM Box Office at (02) 849 6565-6 extensions 6603, 6604, and 6609.

The ‘Boys’ are back in town

Published October 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The ‘Boys’ are back in town

Oct 24. 2019

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American music greats Backstreets Boys have landed in Bangkok and will be delighting their legions of fans tonight (October 24) at Impact Exhibition Halls 5-6, Muang Thong Thani.


The “DNA World Tour”, which kicked off in May in Portugal, is Backstreet Boys’ biggest arena tour in 18 years and has seen them perform all over Europe, North America and Asia.

The BSB DNA World Tour follows the release of their latest album “DNA” –  the group’s 10th studio album which features songs written by Lauv (Charli XCX), Andy Grammer, Stuart Crichton (DNCE) and Mike Sabbath (J Balvin). “DNA” was released in January on RCA Records and debuted at No.1 on Billboard album chart.

“When this group started 26 years ago – and through all the highs and lows of our career – we’ve had to learn it wasn’t about us as individuals but about what’s best for the group,” says band member Howie Dorough.

“That’s what I love about this album,” adds Kevin Richardson. “We were able to bring all of our influences and styles into one coherent piece of work. These songs are a great representation of who we are as individuals and who we are as a group. It’s our DNA. We’re really proud of that.” “The journey is ongoing with us and there is so much left to do,” says Brian Littrell. “We’re living the next chapter that hasn’t been told yet, and that’s exciting.”

Fans can expect to hear many hit

s at tonight’s show including “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”, “I Want It That Way”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, “Incomplete”, “Shape Of My Heart”, “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”,

Spotify, Twitter have treat lined up for music fans

Published October 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Spotify, Twitter have treat lined up for music fans

Oct 14. 2019
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Twitter and Spotify have partnered to provide music fans “with a totally immersive and interactive experience” at this year’s SpotifyOnStageBKK2019, which will be held on October 16 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Bang Na.

Part of a series of concerts in Southeast Asia, SpotifyOnStage connects some of the world’s most popular artists with music fans in a live concert. Thai superstar rapper F.Hero, American pop-rock band One Republic, and K-pop boy group Stray Kids have confirmed they will take to the stage at the concert, SpotifyThailand said in a press statement.

As part of the collaboration, Twitter launched a dedicated brand emoji that is activated with the hashtag #SpotifyOnStageBKK2019. “Tweeting with the hashtag will ensure fans are part of Thailand’s hottest music conversation of the year,” SpotifyThailand said.

For more information about tickets and performances, SpotifyThailand has invited fans to follow it on Twitter.

Tuck into pad thai in egg wrap aboard AirAsia

Published October 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tuck into pad thai in egg wrap aboard AirAsia

Oct 13. 2019
By The Nation

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Passengers aboard AirAsia will be served three new “Thai Street Food” dishes for the remainder of the year. Pad Thai with Egg Wrap, After You Bread with Salted Egg Custard and Dark Chocolate Custard, and Boba Thai Milk Tea are already being served on all flights.

Pad Thai with Egg Wrap has fragrant, flavourful noodles and plump shrimp wrapped in a soft omelette.

After You Bread with Salted Egg Custard and Dark Chocolate Custard features two different but complementary kinds of kaya custard – salted egg and chocolate – combined with soft, fluffy bread.

And AirAsia believes Boba Thai Milk Tea “is sure to be the talk of the town”.

“We want to do away with the perception that airline food is boring and unappealing,” says AirAsia Thailand head of in-flight services On-anong Methapipatkulsaid. “We believe our guests should have fun every time they travel with us and inflight meals are a big part of that, so we’ve put worked closely with famous chefs and restaurants to ensure a delicious experience every time.”

Market research has shown that AirAsia’s inflight menu helps encourage travel, with its earlier Milk Tea and Konjac Pearl drink becoming a sensation and its After You Pink Milk Bread becoming a top gift for travellers.

Follow AirAsia at twitter.com/AirAsiafacebook.com/AirAsia and instagram.com/AirAsia.

Hallyu washes up on Thai shores

Published October 5, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Hallyu washes up on Thai shores

Oct 04. 2019
9 hot boys from Stray Kids greet their fans inside concert hall.

9 hot boys from Stray Kids greet their fans inside concert hall.
By Urisara Kowitdamrong
Special to The Nation

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KCON returned to Thailand last weekend, dazzling hallyu fans here by bringing several much-loved artists, including superstar K-pop outfit GOT7 and rising star X1 to the stage, plus a bigger K-Culture convention.

It even managed to surpass last year’s debut KCON, which set so high a standard, with the 2019 version living up to all expectations and more.

CJ ENM had BOY STORY, EVERGLOW, GOLDEN CHILD, GOT7, ITZY, Kim Jae Hwan, NATURE, ONEUS and THE BOYZ performing for fans on the first night of the two-day event and brought (G)I-DLE, AB6IX, ATEEZ, BVNDIT, Chung Ha, IZ*ONE, Stray Kids and VERIVERY to delight fans inside the concert hall on the second night. The biggest highlight of this year’s concert, rookie boy band X1, appeared both nights, a testament to just how popular the 11-member band has become since making its debut in late August.

Held on September 28 and 29 at Impact Arena and Impact Exhibition Centre, KCON attracted more than 45,000 visitors – young and old, Thai and foreign.

Two singers from  (G)I-DLE, Minnie and Choi Mi Yeon, got so close to members of the audience while briefly serving as emcees

Despite the huge numbers, the venue was big enough to accommodate everyone without feeling overcrowded. And organizers had obviously listened to the positive feedback from last year’s event, doubling the size of the convention for the 2019 edition.

Fans queued up for a chance to tour the convention zone even before its scheduled opening at 10am. And people kept filing into the zone throughout the day to explore the best of Korean pop culture or hallyu. K-Food and K-beauty vendors manned interesting booths. Many of them organized games and handed out such tempting prizes as concert tickets. Souvenirs and freebies were also aplenty.

But what visitors liked best about the convention were the opportunities to get up close to their favourite artists. For example, (G)I-DLE appeared on a small stage inside the convention, just a stone’s throw away from the band’s admirers. Members of this girl group arranged a bouquet of flowers then threw it randomly into the cheering crowds. Chung Ha was over on another stage for a frank talk with fans.

X1 members were inside the convention zone on Sunday afternoon too, drawing ear-splitting screams from their fans.

The fun inside the convention zone ran until 6pm on both days, after which some lucky fans could take part in Meet & Greet sessions and the red carpet.

The concerts started at 7.30pm sharp, with Nichkhun from 2PM serving as a special MC. To the surprise of concert goers, Nichkhun did not address the audience just from the stage. For one brief moment on Sunday, he appeared right next to one lucky girl to interview her and granted her wish to talk to her favourite star Park Woo Jin of AB6IX, who responded live from backstage with Natty, a former Thai contestant of South Korea’s “Idol School” serving as a co-emcee. Soon after, Minnie, who’s Thai and one of her Korean counterparts Cho Mi Yeon (Korean) from (G)I-DLE also got up real close with fans in pretty much the same way. Excitement ran high throughout the two-and-a-half-hour-long concert.

Another surprise for fans was that the concert featured some songs from the widely watched Korean series, “Hotel Del Luna”. Chung Ha crooned “At the End”, which she also sang for the series’ soundtrack while Choi Jong Ho from ATEEZ, Ju Yeon Ho from VERIVERY and Kim Woo Jin from Stray Kids covered “So Long”.

Chung Ha croons “At the End” from Hotel Del Luna series

On Sunday, screams rose to the max when X1 rolled out across the stage and there were loud cheers during the finale performed by hottest new girl group IZ*ONE. And to the delight of the audience, all stars came out on stage one more time to wave goodbye.

KCON 2019 will become a beautiful memory for those who love hallyu and fans are probably already counting down the days until the 2020 edition!

Kim Yohan, who has recently sustained ankle injuries, sits on a chair while performing alongside 10 other members of X1. The band gets overwhelming support

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