SM Town in Paris 2011
Well, it was pretty much a dream come true.
Two days of Korean pop’s finest, all the fangirls and boys, the music, the dances, the atmosphere. Two days of Kpop abandonment, little sleep, a lot of screaming and a sore body. Man, am I sore as I write this.
The news that SME was going to hold their very famous SM Town concert in Paris fell upon us European fans like a bomb. Nobody was expecting it, at all. As of late, Europe has been expressing their love for Korean pop. Not that we got much from it, usually when Korean acts went on world tours, Europe was never included.
It’s not that hard to understand, why would Europe be interested in Kpop in the first place? Someone seemed to have forgotten that Europe has been crazy for Jrock and Jpop for a very long time, the transition to Kpop was not that far off. The concert was announced and mania spread all over. Information was scarce, rumors about what was going to happen flew everywhere. The tickets were suddenly released and chaos occurred.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to find so many fans in Europe. For some reason, they keep to themselves so it was hard to make an estimate as to how many we were going to be. Then the websites handling the ticket sales went down just two minutes after the tickets were released, where have you all been hiding Eu-fans?
I will not go in to detail as to what I had to do to get tickets, but I was stressed about it for a whole week. Don’t even get me started on how much money I spent on this… the things I do for my fandom…
I got to Paris, a little tired seeing as I got very little sleep, and still not fully aware that I was going to experience a Kpop concert in Europe, everything felt so surreal and not believable. Thinking back, it still feels like a dream, and yet I was standing there at the front of the standing area, staring as SNSD flicked their pretty legs in my face.
First off, the Zenit was way too small for this concert. The good thing was that it felt intimate, and we were able to see from the very back of the hall. This kind of concert, however, where SM Town easily drives in more then 10 000 people per concert, it feels like they could have booked a bigger venue. It just didn’t do the concert justice, even though it feels like they didn’t want to take too big a risk — but yeah, too small.
Considering the small size of the place, it was a very impressive concert. SME artists performed as they would perform in, let’s say Tokyo Dome, with a lot of energy, precise dance moves and determined faces. My only experience when it comes to Asian concerts is the DBSK concert I attended in Japan, and the Rain concert that was held in Germany not long ago. However, I have always seen fancams of previous SM Towns, the need and want to see your favorite artists live is always there, to be able to do it… well, I try and remember it all, but it’s a blur.