K-pop fans in seventh heaven

Members of K-pop boyband, Got7 - (from far left) BamBam, Mark, Jr, JB, Jackson, Youngjae and Yugyeom - at the press conference at Kallang Theatre in April.
Members of K-pop boyband, Got7 - (from left) BamBam, Mark, Jr, JB, Jackson, Youngjae and Yugyeom - at the press conference at Kallang Theatre in April.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER FILE

Fans of K-pop boyband Got7 lap up 100-minute gig, stage games and photo opportunities

It was a mix of high-tempo songs and games as the seven members of K-pop boyband Got7 charmed their fans at their second fan meet in Singapore on Sunday night.

The South Korean group's screaming fans never let up from the moment the singers kicked off their energetic show at 8pm at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

The seven artists, who were last here in April, are Mark, 22; JB, 21; Jackson, 21; Jr, 21; Youngjae, 19; BamBam, 18; and Yugyeom, 18.

Their 100-minute performance included 10 songs, with hits such as Girls Girls Girls, If You Do and Confession Song.

The set was followed by a chance for fans who had bought special category tickets to high five their heart-throbs at the end of the show, a segment that left many fans star- struck and teary- eyed.

Student May Su Paing, 16, who was among fans whose tickets allowed them a chance to meet Got7 at the end of the concert, said: "I just kept saying thank you and gave each of the band members a high five. They maintained good eye contact with me."

Some fans also got a chance to interact with the cheeky performers on stage by playing games such as musical chairs. The singers showed their competitive side and also played to their adoring fans.

When Youngjae accidentally bumped a fan off a chair during the game, the other members were quick to chide him.

"Youngjae, you so bad," teased Hong Kong-born Jackson, who was the most fluent in English.

Immediately, Youngjae took the microphone and said forlornly: "I'm so sorry, Singapore."

Fans who won the games got to take selfies with their pop idols and also received autographed posters.

Station manager Honey Nwe Nwe Aung, 24, was one of the fans picked randomly by seat number to play musical chairs.

She said: "My mind went blank and I didn't know where to go or what to do. This is my first time at their fan meet and I was so lucky."

Singled out as the better dancers in the group, Youngjae and Yugyeom showed off their slick moves in a dance battle - to the deafening screams of their appreciative audience.

Their performance caps off SGKstar 2015, a three-day festival from last Friday to Sunday, which showcases the best of Korean beauty, culture and the arts.

Other K-pop groups who performed at the festival included another seven-member boyband, BtoB; female quartet Sistar; hip-hop boyband Monsta X; and rock band Day6.

SGKstar is also the finale event of Korean Festival 2015, which celebrates 40 years of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Singapore.

Student Jane Cai, 17, who attended Got7's fan meet at Kallang Theatre in April, said: "I think the Marina Bay Sands venue is better, there is a bigger crowd and the lighting is better too. All the members are very fun and energetic. And I like that we get to interact with our idols."

Civil servant Amirah Mohamad Sani, 25, said: "I love all their songs and I hope that the next time they come back, it will be for a proper, full concert."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2015, with the headline 'K-pop fans in seventh heaven'. Print Edition | Subscribe