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A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

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Modern problems require modern solutions, which means that most K-pop concerts are exploring an entirely new territory: live online concerts that can be streamed by fans from home.

The advantages? It’s a safe (and legal) way for fans to experience the thrill of performing live, no matter where they’re from or how far from South Korea they are. The disadvantages? For most, it’s a new format, which means it can take a bit of getting used to. Do not worry about it! Here are a few ways to ensure you get the most out of an online concert – because every concert should be the experience of a lifetime!

1. Deck out your space

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

The more you can do to make it feel like a live concert, the better! See what you can do to upgrade your sound system, dim the lights, and bring the concert to the biggest screen you have. It will almost be like being there in person! (Within reasonable limits, of course. Waking up your neighbors to K-pop music at 4am is not recommended.)

2. Check your technology in advance

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

There’s nothing worse than letting a laptop die in the middle of a k-pop concert or having a WiFi crash. So do a few tests In front Starting the concert is a good idea. Make sure everything you need is charged, test your sound system, and do a WiFi test if you can. While there is no guarantee that everything will go smoothly (this is 2020 after all!), It doesn’t hurt to hedge your bets.

3. Try the big screen

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

One really cool aspect that is completely unique to virtual k-pop concerts is the frequently hosted Q&A segments that allow fans from all over the world to interact with their favorites in a personal way. Getting up on the big screen is also very important to the artists who can see their fans support them in their performances from around the world. If you’re not too camera shy, check out fan cafes and other communities to see if and how you can participate.

4. Get there early

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

Okay, so you actually aren’t go Anywhere, but still fun to get to the k-pop concert a little earlier – especially since many online concerts have some cool pre-show roles or music video features to get you in the mood to party with your favorites. Also, you can usually meet some other fans before the show starts through the commentary section, almost like a live concert.

5. Learn a little Korean

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

Obviously, no one will be fluent in Korean overnight, but learning a few key phrases can help improve your online concert experience – especially since the nature of the live subtitling means they usually get a little behind the action, which can be quite confusing . There are many free resources online to get you started, some of which are even possible characteristic your favorite artists!

6. Invite your friends and family to join in the fun

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

Getting your friends and family to watch with you is a great way to make an online concert as energetic and exciting as a live concert. So invite your loved ones to join the fun! (Read your local social distancing rules and guidelines first.) Plus, online concerts are a great way to introduce a future fan to K-pop. If you can’t get together in person, consider making a video call so you can share all of your reactions in real time!

7. Prepare some snacks

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

Another great aspect of virtual concerts? Nobody can berate you for eating at the venue! Bring some of your favorite snacks (or prepare an entire meal, no one will judge!) And eat to your heart’s content while you watch. K-Pop concert + food = total dream combination!

8. Don’t be afraid of the comments section

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

When you talk about the comments section (if there is one) don’t be afraid to use it if you want! It’s a great way to show support for the idols who can sometimes see the comments in real time, as well as seeing other fans’ reactions to the concert as it happens. It’s like feeling the energy of a live concert on the screen!

9. Stick with it after the show

A Guide For K-Pop Fans: How To Get The Most From An Online Concert

Often there is still a lot of action after the show has ended, from cute selfies after the concert to the best reactions from fans online. Power up the K-pop concert by sticking to it even after the show has ended, and remember: real-life concerts will be back soon one day!

What are your tips for getting the most out of a virtual concert? Drop your wisdom in the comments!

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