Big names like IVE, Monsta X (Shownu x Hyungwon), Kwon Eunbi, AB6IX and Cravity attended Krazy Kpop Super Concert on August 26th at the UBS Arena IN New York.
I arrived at the venue a little past 6pm, when the doors has just opened. I had attended Seventeen’s Be the Sun tour at UBS last September and the vibe was definitely drastically different. Usually for concerts, there are huge lines to get in, with even longer lines for security, but for Krazy Kpop Super Concert, the wait time was non-existent, and the hallways usually filled with fans were pretty much empty. I gave the emptiness the benefit of the doubt as I know there were people who had early entry for meet and greets and soundcheck.
I was sitting in section 108 row 11 which wasn’t the worst view, and the artists didn’t look like ants. Beforehand, I was quite annoyed as I bought these tickets from Ticketmaster the day it came out, and days after, the seats around were priced lower due to Ticketmaster’s “dynamic pricing,” which ultimately means they can change the price of the ticket based on demand.
The pre-show consisted of dance covers by I Love Dance and Jinsol. Also side note, the amount of fog that they had was crazy. I felt like if there was a fire, no one would have noticed.
The concert officially started at around 7:05 with Cravity starting the concert off. They sang four songs, My Turn, Baddie, Fly, Boogie Woogie, and Groovy with 2 moments to talk and have a Q&A. I personally never really listened to Cravity but I thought that their energy was really great and some of their music reminded me of old One Direction.
Kwon Eunbi was one of the artists I was really looking forward too. I was a huge IZ*ONE fan so every member’s post activities I support. She sang Underwater, Door, Glitch, Beautiful Night, and The Flash. Her songs are really amazing to hear live as her songs are very dance-heavy.
IVE then came on stage, and sang Kitsch, After Like, Eleven, Love Dive and I Am. I shamelessly got up and was dancing and screaming along the whole time.
The moment Monsta X (Shownu x Hyungwon), the crowd went crazy. They sang Who Do You Love, and since this was a sub-unit, I was surprised that they sang this song. I don’t know any sub unit songs so I was happy that I heard a song I knew.
The concert had very bad promotions and the venue was half empty, and the 300 levels were blocked and curtained off. The seats in the 100s were so empty and it felt like a shame that they didn’t let the people who was sitting farther away to a closer row. I also read in an instagram comment that 2 sections that was sold to the public was closed and they were given a forced “upgraded” to the ground floor. However, for some, ground-floor seats is not an upgrade due to various factors. I personally always choose to sit in the 100s cause I am 5 foot tall and wouldn’t be able to see anything.
On the Krazy Kpop Super Concert instagram, they had an official schedule that said what times the artists were going to perform. Each artist had a 30 minute time slot with a 15 minutes break between each artist, and the concert ending at 10:30pm. In reality, each artist were on stage for 20-25 minutes with just 5 minutes between each set. The concert ended by 9:45pm. Also an hour before what they said the concert was going to last.
Overall Krazy Kpop Super Concert Experience
It felt like an unorganized and downgraded Kcon, but I had a great and fun time, and super grateful that I live in NYC, and can see artists like this. I only had concert tickets and didn’t do any of the pre-concert events, but after going through Krazy Kpop Super Concert’s Instagram and Twitter people were mad at how they were treated. The staff was apparently putting their hands and snatching phones to guests who were recording the rehearsal stage, but did not say anything to influencers who were recording for their personal enjoyment. The group photos with the artists were advertised as photos with the group and 5 fans, but ended up with group photos with up to 10 fans in one photo. Also in the package, there was an opportunity for a send off for each artist leaving the venue, but after fans waited, only Eunbi came out and the venue staff let the fans know that the artist had already gone home. They did not advertise correctly and many fans who paid extra feel as if they got scammed.