When I decided to go for Seventeen’s Diamond Edge World Tour concert in Seoul, I had no idea that it was their first ever world tour. Heck, I only found out about it 3 days ago. LOL.
Since I was going to be in Seoul for Astro’s first ever concert Astroad, I realised that I could try to catch the Seventeen concert as well since it’s on the same weekend and Seventeen is doing 3 dates (14, 15 & 16 July 2017) while Astro had 2 dates (15 & 16 July 2017). After all, Diamond Edge Seoul was just ₩99,000 (+ ₩1,000 booking fee) which makes the concert about S$127 according to my credit card statement; bloody cheap by Singapore standards. For S$127, I can only get CAT4 for Diamond Edge in SG, which is essentially the nosebleeds/cheapest category. Just so you know, the most expensive ticket in Singapore costs S$308 (before the S$4 booking fee)!
I must first clarify that I’m not a Carat; I just like attending music events, concerts and festivals to check out musical acts. So because I’m not a Carat and I’m going, my Carat friends asked me to help and buy fan/concert merchandise. I was cool with it coz I do ask them to help me buy stuff when they are in Korea as well but little did I know, it’s one of the worst decisions ever. LOL.
The moment I arrived at the Jamsil Auxiliary Stadium, it started raining!! And after about 30 minutes or so of on and off heavy rain, the sun came out.
Thank god I brought a fan along. This is a fangirl/boy survival essential item. You always need to bring an umbrella, raincoat/poncho and a fan when you know you have to queue in an outdoor area during Summer for whatsoever reason.
It was almost 2 hours (1.5 hours in the sun) when I finally got to the front of the queue to be able to collect the pre-ordered merchandise. It was quite horrible really. After about 45 minutes of queueing, they decided to get the Koreans to form a separate queue which moved so much faster. The foreigner queue that I was in was just so damn slow. ㅠㅠ And there weren’t really that much foreigners compared to the Koreans to be honest.
Anyway, after I got the merchandise, I went back to my guesthouse to drop off all the goods, take a 30 minutes power nap and I headed back down to the venue.
The Jamsil Auxiliary Stadium is an open air venue and I was so scared that it was going to rain the night that I went (14 July 2017). It was expected to rain so every time I see a convenience store, I went in to look for a poncho to buy and bring to the concert. Finally only managed to find one after searching for 5 days. (But thank God that it didn’t rain at the concert and I didn’t use the poncho in the end.)
So viola! I got my ticket and wrist band for Diamond Edge Seoul Day 1 and off I go~~! To make sure fans don’t start running and cut the queue numbers, they made us walk so slowly into the venue. It was very interesting coz the last concert I went to, I don’t remember ever having to walk in so slowly. Also, when in the standing pen, they used the barrier tape to make sure you walk in a single file and stand in the rows as per your queue number. But of coz, once everyone was in, you are free to step out (which I did).
The above is my view of the stage from the D1 standing pen. Looks kinda far but it was still ok because we were standing on a football field and there was the extended stage and I was standing near enough beside the runway so I did get to see the Seventeen boys properly.
With my friend’s Carat Bong in hand, I had a lot of fun waving it and running around in the standing pen to try to get a glimpse of the Seventeen boys as they appeared from all over the place at the start of the concert. They were riding golf carts along the outside of standing pens, elevated up from different parts of the stage and they started going in all directions with the kick scooters on stage! It was just organised chaos. I had no idea where to look. LOL. It also didn’t help that apart from Jeonghan, Dokyeom, Vernon and Woozi, I literally couldn’t recognise the rest of the members of Seventeen so you can imagine my confusion.
I was close enough to the runway stage so needless to say, I have to try to take some pictures to prove how close I was right? Hahaha. Mind you, all photos in this blog post was taking purely with my iPhone when I could. Security was tight and I saw fans getting thrown out with their massive DSLRs. What’s the point of spending so much money only to get thrown out for taking photos with your DLSR right? Chill with the photos/fancams people and just enjoy the concert! Photos and fancams should really just be for memory’s sake, nothing else. It is not a contest to see who can take the best photo/fancam at the concert.
Anyway, I really enjoyed myself during the 2 hours and 45 minutes concert on the first day of Diamond Edge Seoul. The stage, lighting and sound were awesome! Good job to the production crew. Also, I must say that they used so much pyrotechnics like it was free. Every other song or so had some sort of pyrotechnic/fire effect. It feels like there were more fireworks being set off than National Day or something. LOL.
I wouldn’t mind to re-live another Seventeen concert to be honest, it’s really enjoyable even for a non-fan… but not at S$300. S$100 or so, maybe. Just not S$300 for sure.
Finally, here are a few other photos from my iPhone that turned out decent enough to share. So enjoy!