October 23rd, Busan, was the place to be as major K-pop stars such as SHINee, EXO Unit (CHEN, BAEKHYUN, XIUMIN), Bangtan Boys (BTS), AOA, GFRIEND, MAMAMOO and many more performed at the closing ceremony for the Busan One Asia Festival (BOF). BOF, held from 1st to 23rd of October was a 3 week long celebration where many events were held, including Taste Busan (visitors get to participate in cooking events, and taste the unique Busan dishes), Korean Wave Star and Beauty Collection (a series of beauty workshops with K-beauty), Running Man hands-on experience program, and performances (One Asia Opening Performance, One Asia K-pop Concert, One Asia Dream Concert [Closing Ceremony], One Asia K-Wave Stars Fan Meeting, One Asia Non-Verbal Performance, One Asia Classic Feast, One Asia Art Group Performance, One Asia Made in Busan performances, and The Show Special).
Busan One Asia Festival is also a special Inkigayo as it was shown on the Inkigayo slot on Sunday on SBS. Inkigayo MCs Kim Min Seok, Gong Seung Yeon and Twice’s Jeong Yeon hosted the show and hyped up the fans who were at the festival.
Several special performances such as NC.A’s comeback with her new song Next Station, and EXO’s first unit, EXO CBX performed the soundtrack for Scarlet Heart – Ryeo, titled For You for the first time in front of an audience.
Each performances were accompanied with powerful pyrotechnics on stage. Though the night was a bit cold, the powerful performances by the idols made the atmosphere hotter and fans were able to enjoy the performances.
Rookie idols such as SF9, KNK and MIXX each performed 1 song. Even though they were quite new to the music scene, they managed to get a strong following as fans of the two groups were seen enjoying and singing along to the group.
Other performers such as GOT7, BTOB, MAMAMOO, TWICE, AOA, and BTS all performed two songs each. Thousands of screaming fans dance and sing along to their favourite artists and cheered along with the light sticks and fan chants. SHINee, the last performer for the night performed two songs from their latest album, Prism and 1 of 1 as a sea of turquoise light sticks can be seen around the stadium.
Thank you to Busan Tourism Organisation for the invitation.
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