Back for the second year, the Busan One Asia Festival (BOF), hosted by Busan Metropolitan City Government and run by Busan Tourism Organization held its opening ceremony last night. Attended by top hallyu stars including the legendary Sechs Kies.
The festival, which includes K-pop, K-food, K-beauty, and K-medical aims to bring together youth from across the world to gather and enjoy all that Korea has to offer. The festival runs from Sunday October 22 to Tuesday October 31.
On October 22, the opening ceremony was held at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium. APINK, ASTRO, BAP, GOT7, NCT127, SF9, Blackpink, Momoland, Nu’est W, Ikon, GFriend, Wanna One, and Sechs Kies performed in front of thousands of screaming fans.
The night starts with the red carpet reception of several artists. They strut down the red carpet and posed for the media. Several poses were asked by the hosts, and the group which caught everyone’s eyes were B.A.P’s sexy pose.
At 7pm sharp, lights were dimmed in the stadium and all the artists who will be performing showed up on stage and introduced. Rookie group Wanna One received the most scream as most of the fans who were there were Wanna One fans. I can now imagine how it will be when Wanna One stops by Malaysia for their fan meeting session.
The performance for the night starts with the cute girls from Momoland who performed a medley of ‘꼼짝마’ and an EDM version of ‘어마어마해’. ASTRO then follows suit and serenades the fans with ‘Baby’, while SF9 performed their latest Latin infused single, ‘O Sole Mio’.
Then its time to reminisce when Nu’est W shows up and performed ‘Hello’, before Wanna One heats up the stadium with their famous song, ‘Na-Ya-Na (Pick Me)’. The heat doesn’t stop there, as IKON and Blackpink comes on after with ‘Bling Bling’, ‘벌떼’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘As If It’s Your Last’, respectively.
Third segment is when GFriend and B.A.P takes over and turned the stage into a magical world with ‘Summer Rain’ and ‘Love Whisper’ from GFriend before going on a ‘Honeymoon’ with BAP. Nu’est W shows up again and performed their latest song, ‘Where You At’.
During the 4th segment, veteran singer, accompanied by string chorus performed When in Busan, before Wanna One and NCT127 continues to make fans crazy with ‘Energetic’ and ‘Cherry Bomb’ respectively.
The girls of Apink sadly performed only one song, ‘Five’. GOT7 then continues with ‘Never Ever’ and ‘You Are’, a song penned by JB. The night was closed by the energetic performance by Sechs Kies, whose fans gave the most cheer.
The opening concert goes on smoothly, and here’s wishing it goes on until the end of BOF. If you’re in Busan this week, be sure to participate in what BOF has to offer and enjoy!
Special thanks to Busan Tourism Organization for the invitation!