This post is a hard one to draft. I’ve been a fan of SHINee for many years and the impact they’ve made to my life is nothing to joke about. I’ve fangirled hard before, but SHINee inspire me like no one ever has. It’s correct to think of them as a lifesaver in my story, and to have helped bringing them here is one of a kind experience. I have so many mixed feelings about the concert. Therefore, I’m apologizing in advance. It’s hard to be coherent explaining my thoughts about this concert. The main purpose of this post is to provide you with insights instead of a fanaccount.
To put things into perspective, especially to non-K-pop fans in general, SHINee have been performing non-stop since 2008. Their first solo concert was held in 2010. The second one toured around the world a couple of years later. The third one started at the end of last year and Jakarta is their last stop before entering a hiatus for their new record. SHINee World Concert, as one of the famous K-Pop act, is a lavish one to make. Forget about the artist fee, the production cost alone often skyrockets, because they bring you laser lights, pyrotech, wire actions, giant LED screen, water works, non-negotiable sound system, to put it into a word: expensive. The concern was how were we going to pay for all of this?
The effort to bring a SHINee World Concert (SWC) started last year. It took more than six months to make this concert happen. You don’t want to know the countless drama that occured in the middle of it all. Since the beginning, I’d already pledged to help with the fans management, mainly ticketing. Having a sold out gig was a must in order to cover the sky high expense. Even then we still worried that the ticket price was too expensive, considering many of the fans were students, but it was the best that we could do.
I decided to make Fantix to make it easier for fans to access the tickets. At the same time, local fanbases, Shawolindo and Off_Shawolindo were also invited to join the effort to make this concert successful. But even so, the first wave of ticket sale was way below my expectation. I was really worried, you know :( There was a possibility of the concert being cancelled if the sale did not meet the minimum number required, just like Super Show in Australia. But we pushed through. Various promotional strategies were campaigned to boost the sale, and yet the drama still continued. D-4, it was found out that the venue did not have the mandatory Noise Permit, and the building could be sealed because of it. Fortunately, acting Jakarta governor, Ahok, took a wise decision regarding the matter. Half number of buildings in Jakarta did not have Noise Permits and it wasn’t effective to seal them all. Ahok encouraged them to quickly obtain the permits instead. And so on D-Day, we all headed to Ancol. The concert was really happening.
These girls from Shawolindo and Off_Shawolindo are AWESOME.
With Jujus and Sasha, my Fantix comrades. We didn't get the whole fan experience because we're stationed in the ticket booth all day.
At least we had fun taking pictures with this beautiful backdrop.
But do you think the drama stopped there? You thought wrong. D-2 it was officially announced that Onew would not participate in the concert due to a throat surgery. It was the hardest blow to receive. The SHINee World Indonesia Union (SWI Union) did a major adjustment in their fanproject and came out with this simple, yet straight to the point message.
The SWI Union distributed 4,000 handbanners, 8,000 glowsticks, and 2,000 Onew messages for free to everyone attending the concert. Thank you so much to the Shawols that donated for all of these stuff!
That day, June 22, was a packed one. There was a meet and greet with SHINee for several lucky fans and a soundcheck viewing for another couple hundred of fans. There were only Jonghyun, Key, and Taemin, because Minho just flew that day and he landed at 4pm, arrived in Ancol at 5.30. We were allowed to see SHINee rehearsing for Everybody, Selene 6.23, and Sherlock. No cameras or phones allowed. Dreammaker staffs were very strict about it. During rehearsal, SHINee didn’t talk much. Key greeted us with a short ‘hi’ and Jonghyun thanked us briefly for cheering them on. Taemin was being his usual self: silent. Damn you, prince of darkness.
The merchandise booth had a lot of people, but the crowd wasn’t torturous. It was located inside the building, so the queueing was cool and painless. Got my lightstick for 110,000 IDR. People had lined up since morning too for the concert. They lined up inside the building and I caught a glimpse. It was tidy, even though later I heard complaints about it, but oh well. The older I get, the more uninterested I am in queueing. The show started at 7 and I got in at 6.30. I was in Festival 1. It was fairly empty. :/
The show started on time. As Key had told us before, the cue was Runaway. The song played and the light dimmed. Then everything went absolutely dark save for the main screen.
What I love most about SM concerts is their generous gimmicks. The design and concept are often mindblowing, and the ones they had for SWC3 did not disappoint. We started with an abandoned city. Smoke and ruins, it was all very post-apocalyptic, which I’m a sucker for. A girl in a white dress crossed the city and took a wilting white flower in her little hands. In the desert, she stopped in front of 5 pieces of broken glass, then her tears started to drop. With each drop of tears, SHINee appeared and materialized to life. HNNNGH I almost pissed my pants watching this beautiful, beautiful video. So my guess is SHINee would fix these broken things with their heavenly power hahaha
After the introduction was done, some kind of clockwork mechanism appeared on the screen. You had to put a code in order to open the lock and turns out the code was “20140622”. It was really nice. They rarely did an individualized VCR in their concerts, except for subtitles, which are pretty much add-ons. The lock opened and the intro for Spoiler played. The real SHINee appeared one by one. The concert started.
I was anticipating this particular concert so hard because the setlist was dominated by SHINee’s dance numbers, it was practically a rave party. They opened the gig with non-stop dance tracks. Spoiler, Evil, Nightmare, Juliette, Lucifer, they didn’t give us time to breathe! I was dancing so hard, I got out of breath, and we hadn’t reached half of the setlist yet!
With a stage like this, how come we didn't party hard? I wouldn't suggest anyone with an epilepsy to attend this concert.
Things got really hot when it came to Hitchhiking, and I was really surprised. I didn’t expect it to be the hottest performance, because it wasn’t really my favorite track. But I was wrong. I thought I was gonna cry during Like A Fire, because it was my absolute favorite song, but I didn’t. I was majorly happy. The dance routine to the song was stupid, but I was happy anyway. Minho looked really stupid during the butterfly dance, while Key just looked pretty. Jonghyun was lovely to look at, and Taemin was just being Taemin, that spawn of satan. Queen of New York started with Singing in the Rain with a New York lights backdrop and it was really beautiful. My chest swelled with pride because the four of them danced and performed so well and energetic, for a moment I forgot there was one member missing.
I still think SHINee should be the funk & EDM front of SM. They've finally found their one true musical color and it's great.
The first ballad number they did was Sleepless Night and I remember being so nervous, because if they messed up this one, it would be obvious. But they pulled it off. Even Jonghyun didn’t miss a single note. He used to be so prone to do it despite being the lead singer of the group. But then things got painful so fast during Orgel. They divided themselves into two groups. Minho and Taemin on the left, Jonghyun and Key on the right. The gap that was Onew was too big, it was glaring at me.
The next VCR showed us SHINee in some kind of trippy wonderland. It was very colorful and I got even more excited because I knew Kiss Yo was coming. But nope, they sang 3 2 1 instead. That’s when I realized that they had skipped a couple of songs, including Girls Girls Girls, one of the numbers I was looking forward to. SHINee had fun on the stage during 3 2 1 with their silly solo dances. Look for the fancams! It was great. Then they continued with more dance songs before excusing themselves with Selene 6.23, even though there were so many songs they hadn’t performed yet. Were they going to sing 5 songs during the encore?
Nope. No such thing happened. They did skip a lot of songs. I suspected it was because of Onew’s absence. Symptoms for example. That song would be a hard one to rearrange in a short time, because Onew’s vocal is so dominant in it. Many of us were so brokenhearted when they skipped it. And without realizing it, they got to Green Rain already. The closing song. I was happy nonetheless, but a big part of me was also sad, it was weird.
SHINee said goodbye for the second time and the hall went dark. I was starting to accept that the show was over, but then Onew appeared on the screen. He stood there, his megawatt smile was on his face. Slide after slide was on his hands, apologizing for being absent. IT WAS REALLY HEARTBREAKING, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME? To compensate for this loss, SHINee surprised us with a second encore. They appeared again with Stand By Me. And then the concert ended for good and it was the weirdest SWC I had ever seen. :(
The unique thing about a K-pop concert is how fans crave specific interactions between their favorite band members. But I’ve grown past that, so I did not look for such thing. I enjoyed the concert as a whole, and these are the things engraved in my brain. Onew’s Google translate level Indonesian. Key enthusiastically mimicking the translator’s Indonesian, even though I bet he didn’t understand a word of it, it was still really cute xD Taemin’s solo dance during Ring Ding Dong with the stunning motion graphic playing behind him. SHINee fawning over the anniversary cake the SWI Union had prepared specially for them and Taemin mistaking the anniversary dates for phone numbers LOL Then Minho taking the Onew cake and they voiced it over, as though Onew was apologizing for not joining us that night. And of course, Jongkey grinding to each other, I thought my head was gonna explode. And this beautiful, beautiful pearlescent blue ocean.
I don’t know how to conclude this post. Many times I was so annoyed by the audience for standing in my view with their handbanners, monopods, smartphones, and tablets. Where is your concert manner? I was also disappointed by the many songs they skipped and I couldn’t help feeling angry at Onew for being sick, even though I know I can’t really blame him for that. It was supposed to be the best SWC ever. But now there will always be something missing in this particular SWC experience of mine. I’m forever incomplete. As great as SHINee’s performance was, it was also obvious how weary they were. The rearrangement was done in a hurry, the playback wasn’t even ready. We could still hear Onew’s voice there even though one of them sang his lines. In many cases, they didn’t cover Onew’s lines at all. The interaction was minimum, but I understood they were working. I think after years of doing this, they’ve come to understand it too. It wasn’t emotional. Absolutely professional and I was really proud of them. This particular SWC in Jakarta was dark. Even for their standard it was dark. Their outfits were dominated by black color. Their signature rainbow costumes were not there. They stayed black until the end. But I’m still proud of them.
I'd missed you guys so much and I miss you already.
Today is D+2 of the concert and my withdrawal is still as ugly as ever. There were so many things lacking from the concert, but I know how hard everyone worked to make this concert happen. A++ for everyone’s effort, Synergism, SM, SHINee, and Shawols!
My lightstick collection from SWC 1, 2, and 3
I guess in a way, this is the most special SWC that has ever happened for being so different. In this concert, we got to see the height of SHINee’s showmanship and camraderie, which is something really special to witness when you’ve followed them for so long. That’s why I have so many mixed feelings about this concert. SHINee’s contract ends next year and there’s always the possibility they will not continue the band. If they don’t, their next record could be the last one and there would be no SWC 4 at all. I guess I must be grateful for having the opportunity to catch this last concert of theirs. But I must see them again in complete formation next time. Please get well soon, Onew. ♥
Let’s just admit it. I will never let a day go by without listening to Sara Bareilles and SHINee. Bareilles is such a witty songwriter, how come? I’m jealous! And SHINee’s Girls, Girls, Girls is just the cutest thing ever. It’s the only SWC3 performance which all fancams I watched from different angles. Sorry for the explosion of SHINee. The minute SWC3 setlist was released, I mixed my own SWC3 playlist cos I just couldn’t wait for the concert. One month away until SWC3JKT!
I just have to link you to all Basecamp’s tracks, cos their debut EP is amazing. You should really check them out.
Overall, I’m quite surprised to see the amount of electronics I had in my March playlist. I’ve never really thought myself as a fan of electronic music, but I guess music nowadays is just electronic heavy, which is not bad. Dance your heart out, party people.