Jung performing in Melbourne last weekend
On Friday, the boys performed at Festival Hall in Melbourne then followed suit the next day in Sydney.
Ahead of the shows, four very excited band members – Jung Yong-hwa, Lee Jong-hyun, Kang Min-hyuk and Lee Jung-shin – took five to talk about the significance of being the first K-pop band to hold a solo concert Down Under.
Q. How are you feeling ahead of the show?
Jung: We are very happy to be back in Australia. It’s our first time in Melbourne. We never expected that there’d be demand for our solo show, so it feels surreal. We are a bit nervous, too, and want to perform as soon as possible.
Last time you performed in Sydney. Now that you’ve been to Melbourne, which of the two cities do you prefer?
Kang: Sydney and Melbourne feel very different; they have their distinct flavors.
Jung: Melbourne is like London, Sydney is like New York.
Was an Australian tour on the cards for some time?
Jung: Originally, we planned for just a Sydney show. But the fans wanted an additional show, so we slotted in another date. Last time we were here, it was with other K-pop artists, so to be asked to perform solo was really surprising. It felt good to think we had enough fans for just us.
What do you think it is about the band that sets you apart from other boy bands?
Jung: We play our own instruments and perform for fans then and there, so we are different from other dance groups.
Kang: We definitely have our strengths in performing.
Your fan base is growing. How does it feel to be loved by fans all over the world?
Jung: We are just so grateful. Through the Internet, our fans from around the world are able to listen to us and keep up, so that’s also great. We look forward to more opportunities like this one.
Since touching down yesterday, have you had many opportunities to sightsee around Melbourne?
Lee: Although we didn’t come to sightsee, we took a walk from where we ate last night back to the hotel. We like to take in as much as we can like that, even if it’s just the street. There’s so much to take in when you are in a new place.
Is there anywhere else in Australia you’d love to visit next time?
By Carla Sunwoo [firstname.lastname@example.org]