The last full highlight of my recent holiday adventure in Thailand, as mentioned in previous posts, was of course, G-Dragon’s “One of a Kind” concert stop in Bangkok. After spending five days and nights ticking off stops in our bucket list in Phuket and Bangkok, I was about to put a mark on my own list and attend G-Dragon’s first solo world tour.
Once upon a time during my young fangirl days, I dreamt of attending Big Bang’s first concert tours, mostly only held in South Korea, wishing to catch my favourite tracks performed live. The wish didn’t happen as I was on a student budget and dependent on my parents. Then, I was advised to fulfil the dream once I get my own money. I did and I waited. I followed their advice and did see the dream live, but the experience was different as Big Bang no longer performed those old favourite tracks of mine, but only their recent hits.
Hence, the decision to catch G-Dragon’s ongoing concert tour live, in a bid that I get to see his old and new tracks in one line-up. And I bloody did!
The trip to Thailand was done in favour of my sister, who wished to visit the Phi Phi Islands, while I was bribed with the chance to see G-Dragon’s concert by the end of the trip. The plans also coincided with our recent holiday to the Philippines, which meant short travel time and cheaper transportation to Thailand. By then, I was already planning to jump to Hong Kong or Singapore for the concert stops, but didn’t fit in my own personal plans.
Who would’ve known my sister can suggest an even better idea? In support of my own K-Pop addiction?
On June 7th, G-Dragon held his first show at the Impact Arena in Bangkok. Despite our advanced planning, getting to the actual concert venue was a menace. A short train ride, long cab ride and an experience of Bangkok’s gridlock traffic later, we arrived at the venue in time to claim our tickets from a fellow fan who got it for us.
Having a few minutes to spare before the concert started, my sister and I decided to walk through the events area and check the festivities. A few pictures, freebies and a tumbler of cold coffee and donuts later, we decided to queue up for our cheap ass ticket. Like I’ve said, the trip was sorta unplanned and budget was tight. Still, despite my distance from the actual stage, I was happy of my seat as the artist was still visible and we were right in the bloody middle. You can also smash my head as I have realised we could swap tickets for a closer one. I only found out about that piece of information the day after.
The concert, in itself, was fantastic. I am in high praise and awe of G-Dragon’s performances and vision, which only amplified the beauty of his songs, which I was also able to appreciate from afar. It was also obvious that the event was almost dead, half of the venue wasn’t filled, while some of the fans opt to just sit on their seats and wave their light sticks. That was a big bummer. My sister and I are the type to stand up (with or without lightsticks),sing and dance along, only resting between gaps. We considered cultural differences as an excuse, but gave the thought up. After our trip, I was told that the second day was far different, knowing that it was a Saturday and an afternoon concert. Well thank heavens for that.
However, despite the lukewarm reception, G-Dragon performed his heart out, as if it was a dome packed with fans. It made no difference whether you were at a packed concert or a small mall show, everything was high par. Also on that point did I start cursing myself for not getting floor tickets, visibly knowing that they were able to interact more with the artist with their strategic location.There were also noticeable dragging parts during the concert. I’m sure everyone is aware that G-Dragon worked with a different team for his solo tour. The concepts for each act of the concert were staged well, however, there were some parts between each acts dragged between transition.
Aside from the two obvious bummers, the rest of the concert was fantastic, from the live band, dancers and entire production team. Fellow Big Bang member Seungri was also invited as a special guest for the concert, performed his own solo hits and showcased his entertaining side with his usual antics and funny banters.
Coming into a foreign country to watch a concert is a must-do for every trip. We are grateful for the local fans who got us the tickets, helped us find our friend, even allowed me to use her data plan for a call and to all those who helped us achieve our own concert experience. I must say that the fans in Thailand are behaved, very friendly and rarely rude, a good tick on the entire concert experience.
I can say that I did have my own fairytale ending this time. I was able to witness G-Dragon perform all of my favourite tracks live (in this case, all songs from his past albums). There will come a time that he may not be able to perform these tracks to give way to new ones and I am very fulfilled to have ticked this off my list. I am looking forward for his upcoming concert, but to watch him live in this raw part of his solo career, I am happy.