Just what is KAMP? No, it doesn’t involve camping. Rather, it’s a K-pop festival that spans two days and saw 10 acts performing in Singapore, including NCT 127, Super Junior, Stray Kids, Chung Ha and many more.
Missed the two days of K-pop festivities? Fret not, we’ve got the highlights here.
Red Carpet Day 1
During the Q&A session at the red carpet, Chung Ha was given a mission to take a selfie with a fan. However, although the organiser changed it to taking a wefie with the crowd, she later on went down to the fan she had picked to give that fan the selfie that was promised. Nawww…
Ha Sung Woon
“I must say my solo concert was most unforgettable,” the 25-year-old said when asked about his most unforgettable moment in his solo career. The Hotshot member had debuted as a member of Produce 101’s boy group Wanna One in 2017 before launching his solo career in 2019 with debut solo EP My Moment. He held his solo concert in July this year.
If you’re not familiar with Alexa, she’s a “super rookie”—which means she’s a newly debuted artist who has been getting a lot of attention. You might also remember her as the American contestant from Produce 48. The 22-year-old, who is half-Korean, said during the red carpet that she had a few surprises in store for the audience during her performance—and surprised she did. Read on to find out what it was.
During the fan Q&A, the girls were asked if there was anything in Singapore they wanted to try since they hardly have time to sightsee when they are in Singapore for promotions. Yuju said, “Singapore is known for its clean air and water. We want to take our own sweet time [exploring Singapore] and breathing in the air of Singapore.” Can someone please give her a heads-up on when the haze season is?
When asked what comes to mind when Singapore is mentioned, Johnny and Taeyong gamely said, “Singapore NCTzens (their fans)”. While the other members gave answers that ranged from the warm weather (Mark) to chilli crabs (Haechan), Doyoung cutely said—complete with hand gestures of a pouncing lion—“Lion!” He meant Merlion, of course.
Red Carpet Day 2
Conversing in fluent English, the 26-year-old soloist remarked that she’d like her Singapore fans to think of her as a “power vocalist”. And she has every right to proclaim that title as she is, after all, the winner of The Voice of Korea. Sonnet also gave the audience a glimpse of her singing chops, singing a few lines of “Speechless” from the movie Aladdin.
During the Q&A session on the red carpet, Nancy expressed her awe about Momoland’s fans’ dedication. “Every time I go to a different country, there is always this fan that always comes to every country [with us]. I guess that [has made] a really big impression on me”, she quipped. We’re guessing that the fan in question was probably at the red carpet as Nancy spoke.
Waiting for WJSN’s comeback? Don’t worry, the girls know how much fans are anticipating their new release, which was why they dropped hints about their new choreography by holding their hands together in a mysterious prayer pose. Eunseo also revealed that she had been listening to their new songs during the plane ride over to Singapore, as she really enjoyed them. The group will be dropping their new album on November 19.
When asked about what they think Stray Kids’ best trait as a group is, the boys attributed it to their “never-ending energy” when they are performing. The group, who debuted in 2017 through a reality TV show of the same name, named Kendrick Lamar as an artist they would like to collaborate with. Now, that’s one collab we’d defo look forward to.
With Kyuhyun returning to the group after serving mandatory military service, Super Junior has finally reunited as a complete team. The group recently released their ninth album, Time Slip, which saw the participation of all members, including Heechul, who was not present at KAMP. Leader Leeteuk said, “We know you’ve waited a long time for the new album with all members’ participation. …We’ve put in so much to give you the best we could prepare through this album. We will be back soon with a repackaged album, so please wait for us.” Start saving up, ELFs! PS: The group also revealed that they’ll be coming to Singapore next year for their world tour, Super Show 8 – Infinite Time!
Concert Day 1
Day 1 of KAMP concert kicked off with GFriend. The girl group opened the show with “Fingertip” and went on to perform their hit songs and latest single, “Fever”, showcasing their synchronised choreography and vocal prowess through the 40-minute set. While bantering with the audience between songs, two of the members, Eunha and Yerin, even showed off their aegyo, much to the delight of the audience. What impressed us the most was their performance of “A Starry Sky”, which highlighted their steely vocal pipes.
Despite her petite stature, the singer exuded energy from the get-go. She not only slayed her performance of her solo debut song “Bomb”, but also surprised the audience with dance covers of Monsta X’s “Dramarama” and B.A.P’s “Warrior”. One advantage that Alexa had was her fluency in English, which allowed her to banter freely with the audience. Her performance provided us with a glimpse of we can expect from her in future.
Ha Sung Woon
If there’s anything you need to know about Sung Woon, it’s that his storytelling game on stage is 10/10. The singer not only sang, but also danced and interacted with his dancers, which made it obvious that he was legit having fun on stage. As I watched him perform, it’s not hard to see why he made the final line-up in Wanna One. Despite his small stature, he wasn’t overshadowed by his backup dancers and showcased his impeccable dance skills through his solo numbers such as “Blue” and “Truelv”.
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I have to admit, the very first video of Chung Ha I watched was her performance of “Bang Bang” on Produce 101 and I legit got goose bumps—she was that impressive. I got to see her perform that song live at KAMP and my life is complete. OK, I might be exaggerating, but her performance was mind-blowing. It’s been only two years since she debuted as a solo artist, but she performs like she has years of experience on her. Her performance of “Snapping” had the crowd singing along, while songs like “Roller Coaster” and “Gotta Go” got whole stadium hyped up. Impressively, she managed to bust out the dance moves while singing live.
NCT 127 obviously drew the most fans on the first day, many armed with their green lightsticks. The group started their set with a bang, opening on a high note with “Fire Truck” before delving straight into “Cherry Bomb”. The group has three members who speak English, so communication with fans didn’t prove to be a problem for them. We’re just a teeny weeny bit disappointed that they didn’t sing the English version of “Regular”. Could it be they only perform that in America? 🤔
Concert Day 2
Momoland became famous because of their catchy tunes and cute dance moves, and they had those on full display when they opened Day 2 with “Bboom Bboom”. Coincidentally, it was also their third anniversary and the group expressed their gratitude for being able to perform in Singapore for their special day. The members also showed off their cute sides while interacting with fans and humorously, at the end of “Holiday”, JooE and Nancy adorably failed to coordinate their heart poses. Never mind lah, it’s the effort that counts.
As Sonnet performed, one fan kept screaming “Yaaas queen!” and I quietly agreed with her. If you’re not familiar with Sonnet, she is the winner of The Voice Korea and the moment she sang her first notes, it’s clear why she took the crown. The 26-year-old belted out rock versions of SHINee’s “Sherlock” and Ailee’s “U & I”, before changing up the mood with a heartstrings-tugging rendition of “Y Si Fuera Ella”, a solo track by the late SHINee’s Jonghyun. As the notes of the ballad and her powerful vocals reverberated through the venue, the wrist lights given to the audience lit up in SHINee’s official fanclub colour, pearl aqua, which made the cover more bittersweet than ever. While her covers were phenomenal, she shone even brighter while singing her original songs, “Solar Eclipse” and “I’m Not A Warrior”. She went on to wow the crowd with a cover of JJ Lin’s “Practice Love”, a song she promised to sing only in Singapore. Being a non-Chinese, I was impressed with her pronunciation but since it’s my duty to fact-check, I asked my Chinese concert companion how her pronunciation was: “It was not bad. There were a few words that were ‘off’ but it’s good for a Korean.” More brownie points for Sonnet for her effort!
Multinational girl group WJSN, or Cosmic Girls, comprises Korean and Chinese members, so naturally, they did their greetings in Korean and Mandarin. Bona’s attempt to speak Mandarin was impressive despite a tiny fumble at the end of her greeting. While speaking to the audience, Dayoung cutely confessed her love for kaya jam and said, “When I knew I was coming to Singapore, I wanted to buy kaya jam, so I woke up early this morning to buy it.” Such dedication! Despite not performing as a full group, the girls pulled off their performances of “Boogie Up”, “I Wish”, “La La Love” and “My Type”.
This was Stray Kids’ first visit to Singapore, and they definitely made an impression. The boys showcased their signature sound through performances of “Hellevator”, “District 9” and “Side Effects”, proving their mettle through live singing and intense choreography. In fact, they were giving their 200% while dancing that I was quite scared that they might fall off the extended stage, given that the area wasn’t that wide. If you think that the boys are only capable of looking cool, think again. They showed off their cute sides during “Get Cool”, in which each member took one side of the stage and doled out fan service. Given their versatility and talent, it’s no wonder why they got one of the loudest screams that night.
Need someone to hype up the crowd? Count on Super Junior to do that for you. The veteran K-pop group proved that they’re still very much relevant despite having been in the industry for 14 years. Opening their set with their latest single, “Super Clap”, they got the audience of all ages singing along to the catchy tune. What followed was a mini Super Junior concert, during which they sang solo and unit songs (Yesung sang “Pink Magic” while D&E performed “Danger”) as well as a buffet of older songs (“Sorry Sorry”, “Miracle”) and newer ones (“Black Suit”, “Devil”). But, obviously, the highlight of the show was the members’ attempt at speaking English, with Shindong hilariously reading out from a script and Kyuhyun delivering humour in a language we understand. Meanwhile, Siwon delivered his ment with the aura of a politician giving a speech at a Parliament debate. Now we know why the Super Junior members are always joking about his “future career” in politics.
Additional reporting: Zoe Zeng