CNBLUE Concert in London: Reviewed by Wai Lu Yin

An Unexpected Fan Account

Just to let you guys know. It’s a true story and I didn’t expect this to happen.

It was on a Friday afternoon. My friend and I were waiting for others at Seoul Bakery for a late lunch. Both of us we’re inside waiting to take a table. While my friend was talking on the phone to ask where they are, I glanced through the window and saw a cute handsome Korean guy. Then, I looked again and I was in a calm fangirl mode. Why? Because I saw Min Hyuk. At first, I thought: ‘No, it can’t be. I must be dreaming.’ Then, I look again that that handsome Korean guy is Min Hyuk and I shook my friend that he’s outside. I look out the window and I saw Yong Hwa and Jong Hyun (my bias) are there too. They were looking through the Seoul Bakery from outside the window. I guess they were told that SHINee and Siwon from Super Junior have been to Seoul Bakery before. Jung Shin wasn’t there because he was still in Korea as he’s currently in his drama filming. So, he arrived a day after the others arrived earlier.

Then, they left and my friend suggested that we should follow them. I agreed to it and we followed them at a long distance between us and the CNBLUE members because (1) they are with their managers and staffs and (2) they are also normal people who want to have their own time walking around the streets of London. So, we keep a distance away from them while they were checking out some instruments stores. When they were inside at one of the shops, we waited outside to give them some space.

Here’s a fancam which my friend took. The person with the green jacket is Jong Hyun and the person with a thick blue jacket is Yong Hwa. Min Hyuk is happily at the front which is beige jacket so you can’t see clearly.

After following them about 15 minutes, they stop at a instrument store and Jong Hyun went inside while others were waiting for him. My friend suggested that we should gather up our courage to ask for their autographs. We took out our pens and paper. For me, it was unexpected and I wasn’t prepared for this so I only have a few pieces of paper to get autographs from the three of them. We approach to them and told their manager that we’ll leave after getting their autographs. He nodded his head which means it’s okay. Yeah!!! Min Hyuk happily gives me the autograph and I told him that I’m looking forward to his concert which he’s happy to hear. Yong Hwa asks for my name and I spelt it out for him. I also said the same thing and he replied: ‘Oh, really!!!’ with his Konglish (speaking English in Korean accent). I also said to him like ‘Welcome to London’ and ‘Enjoy your stay in London’. Jong Hyun came out from the shop and I ask him for his autograph. I told him that I liked his acting in the drama ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’ and he’s happy while he’s blushing. After my friend and I got their autographs, we say thank you and left. Sadly, we couldn’t take any photos with them because the manager says no which we are fine with it. While we’re leaving, we heard Yong Hwa’s voice and turned around. Yong Hwa cutely waved at us and says ‘See you tomorrow.’ Aww….so cute!!!

These are the autographs which I got from them. From clockwise: Yong Hwa, Min Hyuk, and Jong Hyun

It was really unexpected. I was happy to see them up close. They’re really lovely and friendly. I am really looking forward to their concert even more.

The Unforgettable Best Live K-Rock GIg

It was a Saturday morning at the Indigo O2. I got my King’s Row ticket because for me I don’t want to stand in a very crowded place. I rather sit down, see CNBLUE and enjoyed the concert.

Once I reached there, the fans who had the standing tickets are already there since 7am. Not only the UK fans but also the European fans like France, Germany, Czech Republic, and others. The queue for standing just goes on and on and on like a snake. Luckily, there was no rain. People help each other for getting food. Every single one of them are excited for this concert.

CNBLUE is a South Korean rock band who debuted in 2009. The band consists of Jung Yong Hwa (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lee Jong Hyun (lead guitar, vocals), Lee Jung Shin (bass guitar, vocals) and Kang Min Hyuk (drums, vocals). “CN is an abbreviation of ‘Code Name’ while BLUE is an abbreviation of the members’ individual images,” said by one of the members. ‘Burning’ represents Lee Jong Hyun, ‘Lovely’ represents Kang Min Hyuk, ‘Untouchable’ represents Lee Jung Shin, and ‘Emotional’ represents Jung Yong Hwa. (from Wikipedia) Each of them have already featured themselves in daily dramas and made studio albums and EP for Korean and Japanese music markets. They have been doing as role models for endorsements and Asian tours. They also did performances in the USA and finally, their dreams have come true as they get to perform in the UK, the home of rock and roll.

The gates were opened and we all went inside. It was full house at the standing and the 2nd floor.

We waited until CNBLUE comes up on stage. Even though that we were warned not to take any videos and photographs but we took our cameras up once CNBLUE are on stage. Every single song that I heard from them makes my heart beat especially when there’s bass. Every single audience sing along with their songs like ‘I’m A Loner’, ‘Intuition’, ‘Love Girl’, and many others which are my favourites. Sometimes, I was fangirling, cheering, giving rock hand signs and love signs, and singing with CNBLUE throughout the whole two hour concert. Sometimes, they even smiled and waved at me. The sound system is perfect and I heard every single word of what they’re singing.

What I liked best about this concert is the interaction with the audiences and the continuation of each and every song. Even though they’re speaking Konglish to the audiences, but at least they have smiles on their faces as many of us do enjoy the gig a lot. We all want to be there, CNBLUE wants to have some fun with the audiences, and it turned out well that we all hoped for.

Security did help out with the standing audiences by giving them water and carry a few girls who passed out. Yong Hwa tell the audiences to move back a little bit because ‘it might be dangerous’ in English which I find it that it’s really sweet for him to do so. Excellent performances with three encore songs including the audiences singing Happy Birthday to Jung Shin gave us an exciting and memorable evening. They promised that they would come back to London again especially when Yong Hwa put out a promise sign. Well, they better not break their promise.

Overall, I would say this: This is the best live K-rock gig that I’ve ever enjoyed and I’ve become a 100% BOICE. Two exiting days in a row because not only I enjoyed the concert but I unexpectedly saw them at the streets of London, got their autographs, and know that they’re friendly while having smiles on their faces. CNBLUE, I hope to see you guys perform again in London. Don’t forget to ask FT Island to come and perform in London, too.

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