A cool, dark and silent night where you can hear tree leaves rustling and insects shrilling… not that so on the night of 19th November, when The Kings Of Freedom Concert took place at Bedok Reservoir. The atmosphere was in fact so hot that both the audience and performers worked up a lot of sweat!
Starting from 8PM all the way to 10 plus, the two hour concert was jam-packed with local and international acts. Showing off local talent were performances by Temasek Polytechnic, band Stellastory, newbie Xinhui and DJ Sheikh Haikel. The night could not possibly get higher when Korean boyband U-Kiss took the stage belting out six songs, namely Am I That Easy (만만하니), What (뭐라고), Round and Round (빙글빙글), their cover of Boyz II Men’s ballad End Of The Road, and finally latest track Shut Up (시끄러).
Not the first time
This is U-Kiss’ third trip to Singapore and they definitely came prepared. From “self-promoting” the event via their personal Twitter accounts a week in advance to speaking accented Singlish to their fans, these seven boys seem to bring surprises everywhere they go.
The fun begins with fans
During the fanmeet early afternoon on event day itself, the boys had a great time playing games and interacting with the fans. There was a Q&A session and a memorable question was where would you you want to bring your fans to? Soohyun, being a romantic immediately suggested Korea’s famous sightseeing spot Namsan Tower, while Eli suggested going to a beach, and watch the rest of their answers here:
There was also an interesting fan game when fans got to guess who drank lemon juice, to win personal items from the boys themselves. Could you guess who drank it?
From surprising fans by jumping offstage on spur and doing fanservice by making faces as they pretended to drink lemon juice, U-Kiss’ friendliness had to be reciprocated – the fans showed their love for U-Kiss by celebrating Kevin’s birthday (25th November), bringing up a cake and a brand new guitar as a present!
Following which, the boys earnestly conducted the fansign following the fanmeet. At one point of time Alexander even said, “If you guys want us to write your name, please write it on a piece of paper for us okay?” Even though every fan could only receive one member’s autograph, the boys’ warmth definitely made up for the loss.
Heading to the press conference after lunch, the boys warmly greeted the media with their newly learnt Singlish. “I am so tired lah, but tonight’s concert die die can do lah,” said Kibum. Alexander commented, “Our fans gave us dictionaries with Singlish on it, it’s like wow, it’s so fun learning it.”
It being U-Kiss’ third time here, it was surprising that the boys only got to try Singapore’s famous chilli crab the night after they arrived. Dongho actually has allergies to crab, but he said he loved it so much he kept eating and felt giddy after that. About the Korean food in Singapore, Alexander said he was really impressed – “It tasted so authentic I felt I was in Korea!”
Talking about their latest title track “Shut Up”, U-Kiss said it was to show the fans that they aren’t the young and cute boys anymore. Alexander quipped, “Come to the concert tonight and we’ll show you how MAN we are,” when Kevin suggested, “Watch our music video…” “But it’s censored,” Eli cut in, and Alexander ended, “maybe we’re too sexy~”. U-Kiss really knows how to lighten the mood!
There are scenes in U-Kiss’ Shut Up MV where the members pose with an American model. So who’s the most awkward filming that scene? General consensus was youngest Dongho (even he himself thought so) but everyone started pointing to themselves instead, and even turned on Eli saying he was best at it as he had no NG at all!
“It was our first time, and the director told us we had to do a lot of skinship and act close, and we’re like, we’re so sorry Kissmes! Sorry to our fans… but, wasn’t it good?” commented Alexander.
How did they practice to look like bad boys? “Kevin and Dongho practice by looking into the mirror all the time, making the look and… change different eye sizes (look)?” Eli answered, “We’ve been practicing it since Man Man Ha Ni.” Every member then showed off their bad-boy look – while Alexander and Eli gave a pretty intense look, Soohyun and Kibum showed off their innocent-looking smiles. Wonder what’s the real U-Kiss then? “You don’t know the real U-Kiss,” as Kibum put it.
Why Shut Up?
The boys received many songs, but the first time they heard it, it left an impact, “It was like, sh sh sh shikkeuro!” Alexander explained, “With Shut Up we’re here again, so sit down, listen to our music, see our bad-boy image and enjoy.”
The Main Concert
The Kings Of Freedom Concert was organised to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Official Launch of The Kings Of Freedom Project, whereby four slabs of the Berlin Wall were moved to Bedok Reservoir to promote the key messages of love, community, social tolerance, friendship and respect.
Korean boy group U-Kiss was selected to represent the internationality of the spread of message, and it is especially meaningful as Korea is a country that is still divided at the 37th Parallel. Efforts hope to bring Korea as one and we’ll be wishing the best for that to happen!
Leave us comments about this article and event, and stand a chance to win a hi-res/HQ photo (untagged) of a U-Kiss member you like! Indicate in your comment which member’s photo you would like. We’ll pick 5 best comments and email them!
Deadline: 5 Dec, 2359