- Korean idol band CNBLUE at the Hong Kong legs of their 1st world tour “2013 BLUE MOON World Tour,” held at Asia World Expo Arena in Hong Kong on May 10 and 11, 2013. [FNC Entertainment]
By now, we have all seen it several times but it never gets old. It is always amazing to see the truth of the Hallyu sensation – a long line of foreign school girls awaiting a Korean idol’s concert hours before it starts; their screams following the artist’s skilled stage gestures; and huge cheers from the audience with them stammering in Korean, “Oppa! I Love You.”
With the honorable title as the first world tour for a Korean band, CNBLUE held concerts at Asia World Expo Arena in Hong Kong on May 10 and 11, after holding their shows in Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore. They also have shows left in several more countries such as Korea, Australia, the Philippines, China and Malaysia.
The response to CNBLUE in Hong Kong was remarkably hot. They are, of course, popular idol stars in Korea but their growth as Hallyu stars are amazing and so is the steady and strong Hallyu itself. It was where one could see why CNBLUE expressed their excitement of the fact that the “Billboard no longer seems like a far-off dream,” at the press conference ahead of the concert.
Seven thousand people, who filled up the concert hall, stood up and started to cheer for CNBLUE when the lights went on to alert the members’ entrance. Whenever their faces got close-up shots on the big monitor, loud cheering from the audience topped up the venue. More surprisingly, there was noticeable number of middle-aged female and even male fans among the mostly female audience in their teens and twenties.
Korean idol band CNBLUE’s Jung Yonghwa at the Hong Kong legs of their 1st world tour “2013 BLUE MOON World Tour,” held at Asia World Expo Arena in Hong Kong on May 10 and 11, 2013. [FNC Entertainment]
Korean idol band CNBLUE’s Lee Jungshin at the Hong Kong legs of their 1st world tour “2013 BLUE MOON World Tour,” held at Asia World Expo Arena in Hong Kong on May 10 and 11, 2013. [FNC Entertainment]
A Hong Kong male fan in his twenties sat right in front of the media seats and sang along to most of the band’s tunes. He said, “Although I’m not a member of their official fan club, I’m a huge fan of CNBLUE since two years ago. I’m so happy to be here today.”
When asked whether it doesn’t bother him to watch the show surrounded by females, he smiled and answered, “A little bit, but I can handle it because I am here and that’s what matters.” He also said, “Ahn-nyeong-hi-ga-se-yo [‘Good Bye’ in Korean]” with pretty good pronunciation.
CNBLUE’s twenty something female fan from China explained the reason of the band’s overwhelming popularity among boys. “CNBLUE marked themselves as a band with their own color, and this is why they have many male fans. There are many professional and amateur musicians who come to like CNBLUE and go to their concerts. Lots of boy fans were easily spotted at the last night’s concert, too. It looked like 20% of the audience were male fans.”
These people are the real evidence of Hallyu, the magical word that stuns you every time.
Reporter. Bae Sun Young firstname.lastname@example.org
Translator. Lee Hye Ji email@example.com
Editor. Jessica Kim
Courtesy of FNC Entertainment