Today we have a special article about the KCON FRANCE event that took place in Paris, France just over a month ago on June 2nd. It was hosted by Super Junior’s leader, Leeteuk and had an amazing lineup including BTS, Block B, I.O.I, FTISLAND, F(x) and SHINee.
We asked one of the attendees, Anais, to share her journey with us and the pictures that she took during the performances.
First of all, the security was on point. We had to go through two customs and a metal detector. It was really comforting, especially after the events that had happened in Paris. After that, we went into the concert hall to find our seats. Even though I was in Category 4, I had an amazing view, which was right in front of the stage. I thought the hall was a bit small, though compared to the amount of people standing in the pit. I also want to share that the fan groups did an amazing job at distributing banners and other fandom goodies to the fans! The concert started around 2pm with MC Leeteuk accompanying us the whole night! Leeteuk was perfect! We also had the honor to have South Korea’s President, Ms. Park Geun Hye attend the concert as well.The evening began with BTS, who did an introduction song for the concert and it was a real success. The first group that really kicked things off was Block B, who sang “Toy” and it was an exploit. I personally loved their performance, since they were really into it and we all know starting a concert is not an easy thing to do, but the boys of Block B did an awesome job, getting us to move and sing to their songs! They sang “Toy”, “Very Good”, “Her” and “NalinA”! After Block B, it was the rookie group, I.O.I, that took the stage. They were all so adorable and even though they are rookies, we all had our hearts melted when they started to speak, as they spoke in broken French. They covered two ballad songs, which I don’t recall the names, and “Pick Me”.
Afterwards, my queens, F(x) took to the stage and I have to say, I couldn’t stay still, especially with Amber turning up the stage. The girls were so incredible; it was like a dream. Amber will probably forever be my biggest high of the day, as her kindness towards everyone, just warmed my heart. They performed “4 Walls” and the entire crowd was singing and dancing along with them, it was really incredible to see everyone just sing and dance along to the song. F(x) also performed “Hot Summer” and “Rum Pum Pum Pum” and Luna also performed “Free Somebody” for the first time ever on stage, as it’s her newest solo song.
After F(x) it was my favorite group’s turn, BTS! I FINALLY had the chance to see my U.Bs (ultimate bias(es)) Jimin and Jungkook in real life! When BTS arrived on stage it was amazing to see how much energy the entire audience gave them. BTS performed “FIRE”, and it was perfection. Namjoon also performed “What Am I To You”, which was absolute magic, his rapping live was pure perfection. They continued by singing “Dope”, and everyone was so into it and I couldn’t stop singing the fan chants as “Dope” is my favorite song. They also sang “I NEED U”, “Save Me” and “Fun Boyz”. Even though they were probably very tired, they gave their all and it was really amazing. It’s difficult to have the same feeling after BTS performed, but FTISLAND surprised us all and their brilliant performance. FTISLAND’s performance was my favorite, since they were one of my favorite groups when I first got into Kpop. Hongki was amazing and full of energy. They began with “Pray”, then continued with their other songs like “Freedom”, “Severely”, and another song that I can’t recall. FTISLAND really was on fire and their nine years of experience on stage was definitely showcased throughout their performances.
Last but not least, the show ended with SHINee. And let me tell you, it was simply A-MA-ZING! They proved why they are the Kings of Kpop! They performed “Lucifer”, “Sherlock”, “View” and to my biggest shame, another song that I cannot recall… “View” was really remarkable and everybody was so into it by dancing along and giving their all. During the concert, we also had the chance to hear Taemin and Hongki both sing some of the most emblematic French OSTs. We all succumbed to their charms. Another great surprise we got was being able to witness Amber perform her solo song, “Shake That Brass”, ft. one of the I.O.I members. Aaaaaah. Amber my queen, I love her so much!!! To finish the shows, we had the chance to witness another amazing performance, and this time it was a duet from F(x)’s Luna and Block B’s Taeil! They performed ZICO’s song “SONG NAME”.
We want this more often! It was amazing! We were also able to see Leeteuk dance to some of SNSD’s songs and hear him speak French to us, and honestly, we could not have asked for anything better. KCON France was an incredible concert and I have no regrets of going. I am an ARMY and everyone was so nice to me! If you’re nice to other fandoms, fans, people and etc, you’ll definitely get treated with respect! The positive points of the event were being able to meet with other Kpop fans around the world. The negative point would be the convention. It was unfortunate that only 1,000 people were allowed to go in and we even stood in line for the whole day, only to receive nothing in the end
As the concert came to an end, it was on a great note, for all the artists said “see you next year”, which left us with a small hope of it being true!
Check out the pictures below taken by Anai’s during the concert:
Check out some videos of the performances:
What do you think of the pictures and performances?