[OMONA Exclusive] Review of KPOPKNIGHT concert in London
Now that the concert came and went and the whole thing blew up on social media among fans, what actually happened out there?
Sims Entertainment/Double OK Entertainment announced KPOPKNIGHT, a new KPOP event, at the beginning of January, giving fans less than a month's notice. Because of the unknown reputation of the organisers and the lack of information, fans rightfully believed it to be a scam. Se7en's SNS was the only one who shared news of him attending the event and the SSE Arena denied there being any sort of even booked for the January 27th evening. At this point, the early bird tickets on offer were going for £120. Panic.
Fans mass emailed the organisers trying to get more information. The organisers replied back only to say this is not a scam and kept deleting comments off their Facebook page implying they were (which ofc is the first thing a scammer would say, so until further notice everyone was still panicking). Other fans who bought tickets right away started worrying about refunds. However, the organisers apparently refunded everyone who asked for it swiftly.
A couple of days later, Monsta X confirmed their attendance on their official SNS and Wembley arena also confirmed the event. However, ticket sales were made through the organisers chosen vendors (tickettailor) and not through the arena's box office. At this point it was pretty clear this was happening, despite the off details. Actually, there were absolutely NO details on this event other than the lineup and the location. Early Bird tickets were on sale, but no details on future ticket prices or what the early bird even entailed were available. Fans resorted to emailing the organisers back and forth for these details, then posting them on twitter/facebook and coordinating themselves accordingly.
On the 8th, I also messaged the organiser asking for more info on early bird, specifically what perks would come with it and whether it would offer better seating, price or fast entrance. They did reply quite quickly, however, they basically answered none of the questions and instead only told me it would be the best offer they would have for tickets. So far it's still hmmmmm.... but I couldn't miss the chance the see MX in my city so tickets were bought. Then on the 10th, the rest of the tickets went on sale, with prices even more baffling than the early bird.
Fast forward to the past weekend. By this point, the organisers had not given out any other details (!!!!) The only thing on their website under news is a greeting video of MX. It was still fandom who shared whatever information they managed to get through emails. For example, at no point did they announce the electronic tickets we received would not be valid and we had to exchange them at the arena on the day. Nope, nothing. What other lies did they say?
1. They/Wembley shared that no queuing will be allowed prior to the event. However, a queue was started no less than 24 hours prior to the concert time (yes, people queued 24 hours/overnight for this mess)
2. buckleyourboots and I joined the queue around 1PM. We wanted to exchange our tickets but the organisers were on lunch (and had apparently been so for 2 hours even after they failed to open their booth at 10AM as they promised) so we waited until around 1:40 for them to come back. When we exchanged our tickets we asked when they would split the early bird/regular standing queues as they had told us (through emails) they would. They said we would be receiving wristbands for our tickets and the queues would be split later. Okay. Were they? NOPE!
3. The security at the arena were left to do all their work and they reaaaaaally hated the organisers. They didn't miss a single chance to bad mouth them. Security told us they had been trying to find out the actual lineup of the concert for a week and the organisers didn't share a single thing about it with the arena. On the day, security were left to do all the work. From watching the queue, to handing out wristbands and the early bird gifts to sharing information with us.
4. Doors were supposed to open at 6PM. At this point, the queue had only moved forward to be more compact and we had just received our wristbands. No earlybird split was made. At one point, the first 50 people in the queue were let into the arena on the basis that they had received a free meet & greet with Se7en (which was available for purchase but no one did buy). So the people were taken inside for the meeting and photos and whatever then allowed to go inside the actual concert hall. The rest of the queue started going inside at 6:30PM.
5. Before going inside, we were already hearing people talk about the organisers offering tickets for £10 after the night before they were all 50% off just to fill up the hall or some random competitions to win tickets popped up on their twitter accounts and other partner pages. I have not actually seen anyone talk about them giving the tickets away for free at the venue. Only the someone who was not an organiser offered a fan a free ticket. (do correct me if you know something else)
6. The biggest BULLSHIT though, was the organisers revealing Monsta X's hotel information to fans. They actually invited fans to go see the group as if some sort of zoo creatures, claiming they could get them photos or they could hand off their gifts to them in person. You can see more in this thread. This was the absolute most unprofessional thing for the organisers to do and nothing but shame on all the fans who did go.
7. During the concert there were several other hiccups. Tahiti performed their intro in the dark because they did not turn on the stage lights, Monsta X's microphones were barely working at one point during Shine Forever. Whoever was handling the projector was probably asleep at their job because they kept putting the wrong images on the screen when introducing a new group. When Seven O'Clock said they want to take a photo with the audience after their set, the MC ignored them and proceeded to introduce Tahiti WHILE the guys were still on stage trying to take it. There was no translator provided so the groups had to do their own translating. Generally it was all highly, highly amateurish.
8. Ticket sales were bad (although probably not as bad as some fans made it look in photos on twitter). The hall was half, if not more, curtained off. The stands were rather full and the standing was around 1/3 full. I've seen people blame the groups for not being able to fill it up, which is ridiculous since there were a lot of fans who could not afford the tickets/had no idea it was happening/it was simply too short notice. Had they gone for a smaller place and better prices, it could have been filled in just fine.
8. We were told on the day that Monsta X would have a 50 minute setlist and the concert would last until 10pm. It did not happen. Monsta X had a 25 minute setlist and the concert was done at 9PM on the clock. They didn't even get to say goodbye properly before they had to rush off the stage! The ending was so abrupt I couldn't believe it.
9. A few people with press passes who were there for interviews have shared that Monsta X had no idea there would be interviews! And despite this being sprung up on them, they were gracious enough. However, the organisers allegedly called them snobbish for refusing to do a press call. This is just another drop in a long line of them disrespecting the artists (and their headliner) they invited.
10. Upon leaving the arena, the MX van had a small accident because their driver tried to do a 180 turn on a VERY crowded/narrow street and with the members waving at the windows, nobody was doing crowd control other than fans yelling at each other to get out of the way. It was just a minor bump into a pole and tbh shouldn't even be called an accident lol
I do just want to make one thing clear. Despite all the bad things that happened on the organisational end, the acts looked like the absolutely enjoyed the concert! And I seem to really need to stress it since people on twitter are acting like it was just shit. It wasn't. Seven O'Clock were adorable. While in the queue, one fan spread out banners that we could hold up during their performance so it didn't look empty. There were only 5 of the members since their leader had just won on Mix9. They interacted a lot with the crowd and were received very well by everyone present! One member (sorry, dont remember names) talked about how much he wanted to visit the country of his music idols and was generally very cute. I'd reckon they did make new fans that evening.
Tahiti received a lot of screams as well! One member giddily noted after the first performance that she was very surprised that everyone knew their song. Member Jerry was very eloquent in maintaining the talk and they too talked and interacted a lot with the crowd. They talked about Harry Potter, football, Orlando Bloom, fish and chips, how excited they were to visit London and how they were honoured to be the only girl group invited. PS: Skip is A Song!
Se7en I don't have much to talk about tbh he also got great energy from the crowd and he milked every single second of it. He even performed a song from before a lot of the crowd was even born and it still smashed.
And finally Monsta X... As headliners of the show and the ones who brought in literally everyone there, they should have got far more than what they did. Despite that, all 7 of them looked really happy performing! They smiled a whole lot through the set, interacted with everyone (OP GOT NOTICED BY HYUNGWON ADGJFHG /DEAD). I.M did most of the talking but there are a lot of really cute moments from their ments like their fake British accents bit. They also teased they would come back for a London stop on their world tour, so they can bet their asses we're going to make sure they do! In the queue, a few monbebes organised themselves and bought cards and gifts, which we all signed and left messages on. Hopefully these made their way to the group.
[some concert bits for those interested]
Minhyuk: “Could you give me some wotah?”— Sevim (@sevimxmb) January 27, 2018
Hyungwon: “I’m &€#%*$ why not?”
Jooheon: (in Korean) “Sorry but can you say it louder?”
Minhyuk: (eng) “LOUDLY PLEASE”
Hyungwon: “I’m thirsty, why not?” pic.twitter.com/EMAKDFHgan
Changkyun: “We are planning another world tour and we want to come to London again. Will you guys come to the concert?”— Sevim (@sevimxmb) January 27, 2018
“You know what, when I came to London, my English accent changed to a British accent.” pic.twitter.com/Shmat8cu6v
the event didn’t have a translator so minhyuk translated everything jooheon said (badly) and they all laughed so much it was so adorable pic.twitter.com/9kOSoJ0IHa— fran ♡ kihyun (@jiyongmx) January 27, 2018
Forgot to mention that earlybirds received two cosmetic products as a gift: a mini cushion and a lip&cheek tint, both by VT Cosmetics. Looking them up, they're not exactly the cheapest things (£12-£20) but the cushion came in one colour foundation and the lip product is rather clumpy on the lips. I haven't tried it as a blusher.
sorry but no tldr for y'all
BOTTOM LINE: The organisers are preparing the same concert in Bangkok, Thailand and considering another European event in Berlin or Madrid towards the end of the year. WATCH OUT for them! Hopefully companies do not collaborate with these unprofessional people any further. The one running the show was called Joshua Paik. I don't know any other names. It does help me sleep better thinking they probably lost money on this event.
sources: me, my friend with a bike (buckleyourboots), jiyongmx, sevimxmb, tiny_arietty, kangdngho, tahitisworld, @7oc_official