On August 25th, over 20,000 fans witnessed a truly monumental K-Pop musical rock fest during KCON 2013’s M!Countdown What’s Up LA concert featuring a star-studded lineup, including Big Bang’s G-Dragon, Missy Elliott, Crayon Pop, EXO, 2AM, f(x), Teen Top, Super Junior M’s Henry, Yu Seung Woo, and Dynamic Duo.
Read on for our complete recap to this year’s KCON concert, taking you through the long-awaited legendary collaboration between Big Bang’s G-Dragon and five-time Grammy winner Missy Elliott, Crayon Pop’s surprise appearance with this year’s hit song “Bar Bar Bar,” Teen Top’s debut stage of their newest single “Rocking,” Henry’s unveiling of the English version of his solo debut song “Trap,” and 2AM’s angelic cover of Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.”
After vivacious opening songs from Chad Future and Jeff Bernat, girl group f(x) was the first to take center stage, as they officially opened the three-hour main event with a perfectly synchronized “Electric Shock.”
Immediately, the girls launched into their newest single “Rum Pum Pum Pum,” and fittingly finished off with “Hot Summer.” Despite being one of the only girl groups of the night, f(x) did not disappoint, with all members effortlessly coordinating with one another to put on a lively and powerful show for fans. In particular, member Amber’s performance was especially well-received; her appearances on screen never failed to attract screaming of the fans.
Next up, K-Pop veterans Dynamic Duo‘s performances truly lived up to the “dynamic” in their name, as the two fluently captivated both the attention and frenzy of the fans in one fell swoop. Their live rendition of their hits “BAAAM,” “Fireworks,” and “Friday Night” had the crowd cheering on their feet as they jumped along with the energetic rap.
With a bow to thank fans for attending the concert, Dynamic Duo exited the stage, giving way to a countdown presentation from ballad boy group 2AM. 2AM’s first song brought about a refreshing change of pace to the concert; their cover of Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” perfectly exhibited their harmonic vocals, combining them into one to form one of the most vocally enticing stages of the night.
Without pause, their alluring voices joined together once more as they emerged center stage on rose-petal platforms, melting the hearts of fans with a passionate live performance of their newest single “One Spring Day.”
After a quick introduction, the boys ended their appearance for the night with iconic power ballad “Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die,” taking fans for a trip down memory lane. The soothing melody resonated around the arena, completely mesmerizing the audience members.
The next guest, Super Junior M’s Henry proceeded straight into his current promotional single “1, 4, 3,” featuring a surprise appearance by f(x)’s Amber, whose sudden appearance garnered continued screams from the audience. Despite newly debuting as a solo artist, Henry seemed comfortable on stage, not forgetting to stop to perform fan service for the audience.
Henry’s time on stage was all too short, but powerful nonetheless. The Canada-born K-Pop idol introduced his next and final song, promising to “bring the other guys with him next time,” before finally revealing the much-anticipated English version to his debut solo single “Trap.”
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