Review : Fans pumped up at 2NE1 concert
MANILA — Smacked just a couple of feet away from the stage, it was hard not to get pumped up at the All Or Nothing concert of the South Korean girl group 2NE1 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night.
The group’s avid fans dubbed Blackjacks, who filled the seats from the upper box down to the VIP section, were all waving glow sticks while screaming out fanchants to the group composed of CL, Minzy, Bom and Dara — or Sandara Park to her legion of Filipino supporters.
Some held up banners and many took pictures. And when the lights were dimmed down and an introductory video played on the giant screens, the entire arena echoed with screaming fans, who were now all on their feet.
The song “Crush” blasted from the speakers and the four members of 2NE1, as if coming out of nowhere, were suddenly there on the stage.
The group’s chart-topping songs like “Fire,” “Can’t Nobody,” “I Am The Best,” and “Come Back Home” from their newest album were among the 25 songs performed on Saturday night.
The encores even included Park’s Filipino hit “In or Out,” which was performed by all four members.
Halfway through the concert, 2NE1 called out surprise guests to the stage, starting with YG Entertainment’s newest boy group, Winner. Also known as Team A from the reality-survival show “Who is Next: WIN,” the group performed “Just Another Boy” and “Go Up.”
Park also brought local celebrities Jason Abalos, Joross Gamboa, Sam Milby and Ram from G Force to the stage for the sexy lap dance number for the hit “I Love You.”
Park later thanked the guys for being there at the show on her official Twitter account.
Saturday’s show also marked 2NE1’s fifth anniversary.
“Special ang araw na ito dahil dito kami sa Manila magse-celebrate ng fifth year anniversary namin,” Park said in flawless Tagalog. (T/N: This is a special day because we’re celebrating our fifth year anniversary in Manila.”
The group made its debut on May 17, 2009 with their first single “Fire.”
All four members expressed their happiness for having reached this career milestone. Their managers, back-up dancers, and staff were called on stage, and cakes were brought out to mark the celebration.
The group’s leader, CL, also thanked the fans for their support.
“Thank you so much for making this night so beautiful. I don’t know why it took us so long to get here, I don’t wanna leave,” she said. “Tonight is a very special night for us. It’s our fifth anniversary and we’re happy to spend it with you guys.”
Park said she’s happy to have finally staged a full concert of 2NE1 for their Filipino fans.
“I’m so happy to be here with 2NE1 and Blackjacks. Mahal ko kayo!” she said.
The concert ended with the final encore number “Can’t Nobody” as gold confetti rained at the MOA Arena.
Credits: ABS-CBN News