Bang Yongguk Lights Up the Stage in First Solo Concert in Manila
by: The Beat Asia
July 20, 2023
About six years since his last visit in the country for joint concert “Super Pop Con 2017” as the leader of K-Pop boy group B.A.P., South Korean singer-songwriter Bang Yong-guk (mononymously known as Yongguk) returned to the Philippines, this time as a solo artist for his “The Colors of Bang Yongguk” concert. The tour kicked off at the Music Museum in Greenhills Shopping Center on July 14, delighting Filipino BABYs with his performances that delivered both energetic vibes and nostalgic feels.
Despite the heavy rains that poured over the Music Museum, Bang Yongguk brought the heat with his fiery performances. The overall vibe was intimate, with a crowd filling up the venue with their “Matoki” lightsticks on and a DJ set sitting close to fans.
The singer, rapper, and record producer also introduced himself in Tagalog, which elevated the crowd’s energy. He got the fans swooning and screaming as he flashed a bright smile while saying “Mabuhay, Manila! Ako si Bang Yongguk." (Hello, Manila! I’m Bang Yongguk).
He opened the show with the powerful song “G.M.T,” setting off a lively mood inside the theater. He then continued to vibe with the fans with groovy songs “Rain on Me,” “UFO,” “Orange Drive,” and “Green,” among others.
The show took a bit of an emotional turn when some fans teared up during the mellow song “I Remember,” which featured the voice of his former fellow B.A.P. member Jung Dae-hyun.
His show ended with a bang with his encore stage that included his 2019 single, “Xie Xie.” The singer also promised fans that he will be back in the country, raising anticipation from Filo BABYs. Bang Yong-guk took home a large banner from the fans, which contained the latter’s messages and wishes for the singer.
True to its name, Bang Yongguk's concert in Manila showcased the different hues of his music: from his hard-hitting songs that remind us of the fiery red color to his emotional songs that show us the blues. Not only that, but he also reminded Filipino BABYs of their happiest memories with B.A.P.
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