BIGBANG Successfully Wraps Final Seoul Encore Concert for ‘MADE’
Michael Song, March 7, 2016, 8:44 a.m.
South Korean boy band BigBang awed some 13,000 fans in its final Seoul encore concert on Sunday, dropping the curtain on its “MADE” world tour that kicked off a year ago. The five-member K-pop group held three days of concerts over the weekend, drawing about 39,000 fans to the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul’s Olympic Park. This year marks BigBang’s 10th anniversary, adding to the scale and fervor of the stage.
Overall, about 1.5 million concertgoers surged to see G-Dragon, Seungri, T.O.P, Taeyang and Daesung in the world tour that kicked off in April 2015 and spanned over 66 concerts in 32 cities in 13 countries around the world.’ Throughout every measure of every song, the five-member K-pop band was greeted with “ddaechang,” or sing-alongs, by the whole crowd. A throng of luminous sticks glowed in yellow, a color dedicated to the band.
“Fans’ ddaechang makes us at home and comfortable,” said Daesung, the youngest member of the band, during the concert. G-Dragon, too, drove female fans into a wild burst of ecstatic screams, saying “During the (world) tour season, I’ve almost forgot. Korean girls are beautiful — makes my heart flutter.”
BigBang exploded onto the stage with sound of thundering motorcycles, starting off a medley of the band’s greatest hits with “Bang Bang Bang.” The excitement peaked while the group performed some of last year’s hits “Loser,” “Bae Bae,” and “Sober.”
Each member rocked the stage with mastery of every move and gesture throughout the concert, flaunting 10 years of experience as one of the longest-surviving boy bands.’ Ready-to-stun special effects, such as holograms, a laser show and flames generated by computer graphics, also set the stage ablaze. Other extravagant factors included lights and video works by world-class lighting and production designer LeRoy Bennett. Videographer Ed Burke, known as the video producer for world pop empress Beyonce, also took charge.
A giant “nude stage,” or a 48-ton steel truss stage, floated above the audience, wowing the fans. Outside the stadium was another throng of BigBang fans from here and overseas, who failed to purchase tickets. The tickets for the Seoul concert sold out in only 10 minutes. Fans, some in hijabs, gathered along the outer wall of the stadium, still glad to be near their favorite stars. They held tight to their smartphones, to watch the concert that was aired live on the Naver broadcasting app “V.”
Towards the end of the grand concert, BigBang made a surprise announcement that it will throw another concert this upcoming summer to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its debut. This celebratory concert will take the form of a festival, staged in a wide, windy setting for a long time, according to the members. Fans greeted this surprise announcement with another fervent rally of yellow glowsticks.