JYJ Concert in Spain. A Brave Beginning, More Important Than Its Scale
With the perspectives splitting, there is rising controversy about the Spain Concert from Group JYJ (Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu).
On the 29th of last month, group JYJ held JYJ Europe Tour Concert 2011 in Barcelona, Spain while 3000 fans gathered. They held the concert in Poble Espanyol of Barcelona, Spain, and this was the first for a Korean artist.
After the concert, a few are raising doubt as to the objective facts on the number of the members of the audience gathered on the scene, the number of fans of the area, and the publishing of the event by foreign press.
On this day, the concert was crowded from early on due to the fans who gathered—not merely Asian fans from Korea, China, Japan and such but also from all over Europe. There were even some fans of the region who showed enthusiasm enough to make them put up a tent to stay up overnight in foul weather in order to take a position that is close to the stage.
The most eye-catching thing about this concert was the fact that not merely fans of Asia but also a number of foreign fans from Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, and such filled the seats. They shouted the names of the members in precise Korean pronunciation and sang along to the songs.
According to Open Music Jordi, the promoter (of JYJ) in Spain, as the result of counting after the audience entered the venue, it has become confirmed that 3000 persons visited the venue as a member of the audience.
Poble Espanyol is a plaza-style venue and it was filled by the 3000 fans who entered it in order. When the concert began and JYJ appeared on the stage, the fans gathered in front of the stage and waved the red glowsticks.
Even after the concert was over, they shouted “I love you, JYJ” and were not able to leave the scene easily.
When compared to the world tours in other locations such as Korea, Japan, Thailand and such, the concert in Spain which was the first of the European Tour [destinations] of JYJ was relatively small in scale.
But JYJ showed a brave mindset of beginning again by holding a solo concert for the first time as Korean artists in Europe. Also, even though this was small scale, they relayed the appeal of K-pop to the fans of Europe and had a meaningful time of informing them of JYJ’s existence.
In the press conference held prior to the concert, JYJ revealed their heart: “We think it is only natural that the first concert is small in scale. We put meaning to the fact that we are doing a tour in Europe and we want to fulfill [milestones] one by one from small places, with the mindset of beginning again from the start line.” As they said, JYJ have made the first meaningful step towards expanding into Europe.