Held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 25 and 26 May, HallyuPopFest 2019 kicked off to a spectacular start with the likes of Super Junior, Winner and MONSTA X gracing the occasion.

And while we couldn’t help but anticipate the performances during the evening concerts (check out our full coverage here!), it was really the red carpet that we were looking forward to the most. With the biggest K-pop names all in one place, one can certainly expect a whole lot of sartorial eye candy and killer looks to come.

But beyond the style front, this year’s red carpet also delivered an abundance of iconic moments that had fellow stans on Twitter buzzing throughout the weekend. From WINNER’s mad fan service antics to Super Junior’s chaotic entrance, we rounded up the standout highlights on the red carpet.

#1 Can we talk about A.C.E Byeongkwan’s crop top?

HallyuPopFest 2019 ACE

All decked out in striking red ensembles, A.C.E heated up the red carpet with their sizzling looks – but our eyes were on Byeongkwan, who was rocking a crop top that flaunted his sculpted pecs. As if his outfit wasn’t enough to win us over, the talented dancer then proceeded to send fans into a tizzy by showing off his sharp moves to their latest track ‘Under Cover’. Excuse you, sir!


#2 Meet the “2IDIOTS” of N.Flying

HallyuPopFest 2019 N.Flying

Despite the scorching weather, the boys of N.Flying were in high spirits as they greeted fans with wide smiles. After answering a barrage of media questions, members Jaehyun and Chahun were asked about their YouTube channel “2IDIOTS” – and the duo didn’t hesitate to showcase their comedic antics on the red carpet stage. Guess who just earned themselves a new subscriber? Hit ’em up if you haven’t already!


#3 NU’EST Ren killing it with the killing part of ‘Bet Bet’

HallyuPopFest 2019 NUEST

Screams were through the roof for NU’EST – one of the most anticipated acts of the night – as it marked their return to Singapore as OT5 with Minhyun rejoining the group after his temporary stint in Wanna One. Having recently made their comeback with ‘BET BET’, the members gave a teaser of their performance by getting Ren to show off the ‘killing part’ of the song. Let’s just say he KILLED it.


#4 Make way for the fan service kings, Winner

HallyuPopFest 2019 Winner

The last act to take the red carpet stage on Day 1 was Winner, and they certainly made the wait worth it. Besides treating fans to a snippet of their latest bop ‘AH YEAH’, the quartet had no qualms dishing out tons of fan service on their way out – pausing to collect flowers, pose for selfies and even signed a couple of autographs for some lucky Inner Circles. Swoon!


#5 A Kanto X NU’EST collaboration? Yes please!

HallyuPopFest 2019 Kanto

If you find Kanto familiar, chances are you’d have seen him on survival reality shows like Show Me The Money and The Unit. Talking about artistes he wish to collaborate with, the rapper expressed his desire to work with NU’EST’s Baekho as well as fellow The Unit pals Jun and Chan from A.C.E in the future. Make it happen, Kanto!


#6 What if KARD’s J.Seph and Jiwoo switched parts?

HallyuPopFest 2019 KARD

We all know that BM and J.Seph are incredible rappers, while Somin and Jiwoo have stellar vocal chops to boot – but J.Seph certainly doesn’t lose out in the singing department (err, sorta?). When asked which member’s parts he’d like to swap with in their recent single ‘Bomb Bomb’, he pointed out Jiwoo and even gamely took a shot at singing her lines, causing the other three to burst out in laughter at his hilarious but commendable attempt.


#7 More mukbang shenanigans from MONSTA X Shownu

HallyuPopFest 2019 MONSTA X

If you’re a Monbebe worth your salt, you’d have known that leader Shownu has recently launched his own mukbang show, Om Nom Nom Nom X. And it turned out we weren’t the only ones who wanted to watch him try local food in a future episode – Shownu himself also mentioned that he’d love to film a Singapore special if given the opportunity. Stay tuned!


#8 OG K-pop legends Super Junior have arrived!

HallyuPopFest 2019 Super Junior

We can always count on Super Junior to bring on the laughter in any situation – their red carpet appearance was no exception. The septet had the crowd in stitches when they repeated their signature intro “Urineun Super Juni– OEO” (which translates to “We are Super Junior”) every single time they turned to pose for photos. They did it for a total of five times. Yes, we counted.

Among the celebrities present, they were undeniably the most comfortable in front of the media – and it’s something that definitely comes naturally with experience. The secret to their camaraderie? “[It’s because] we think of ourselves and our fans as family,” the 14-year-old veteran group explained.

Even though only six members came for HallyuPopFest, Leeteuk dropped a major hint that they will be back in full force as a complete group (presumably for SS8) now that maknae Kyuhyun has returned from the army. ELFs, rejoice!

Photo credits: HallyuPopFest

What’s your favourite moment at the HallyuPopFest red carpet? Tell us in the comments below!

The wait is over: K-pop boy band NU’EST will be making their return to Singapore for their upcoming “Segno” concert tour this August!

Evidently, a lot has happened since then. Despite debuting back in 2012, it wasn’t until two years ago that they finally had their big break, thanks to their hugely successful stint on Produce 101 – Minhyun went on to promote as part of Wanna One, while the rest of the members continued to release music under the sub-unit NU’EST W. Following the disbandment of Wanna One last year, fans have been eagerly anticipating the return of NU’EST as a complete group (welcome back, Minhyun!).

There’s plenty to celebrate: after making their long-awaited comeback with their sixth EP Happily Ever After (which gave them their virgin music show win as OT5 with their latest track ‘BET BET’), the boys of NU’EST also held their first ever solo concert in Korea in April, which took place over three days with a sold-out crowd of 36,000. And now, they are taking their tour on the road with dates announced for Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei and of course, Singapore.

The group last performed in Singapore for a small-scale showcase at the Kallang Theatre back in 2013. Just this weekend, NU’EST was here as one of the headlining acts for HallyuPopFest 2019 which was held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – and member Aron gave a spoiler that they will be coming back to this exact venue “very soon”. Guess we all know what that hint is all about now: a full-fledged “Segno” concert is coming our way!

Singapore L.O.Λ.E, it’s time to mark you calendars:

2019 NU'EST CONCERT Segno In Singapore

2019 NU’EST CONCERT <Segno> IN SINGAPORE
Date: 24 August 2019 (Saturday)
Time: TBC
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium

Ticketing details are yet to be released. Watch this space for more updates!

After first charming local audiences as the opening act for Ed Sheeran during the latter’s Asia Tour back in November 2017, Ari Staprans Leff – better known as his stage name Lauv – proved he’s just as capable of holding his very own as the main act with two sold-out shows at the Capitol Theatre.

The night begun with an opening set by rising German-born pop singer bülow who electrified the crowd with recent hits like ‘Wake Up’, ‘Sweet Little Lies’ and ‘Not A Love Song’. After a then roughly 30-minute wait, Lauv made his appearance to raucous applause from everyone in the audience – some of whom started queuing early in the day in hopes of nabbing a spot in the front rows.

Lauv SG

Out on the intimate stage setup that had drummer Rob Ernst and keyboardist Jedidiah Lachmann fitted into LED-lit alcoves behind him, Lauv kicked off his hour-and-a-half set with his latest banger ‘Drugs & The Internet’, and wasted no time in getting his legion of fans dancing and singing along to every word.

With the setlist mostly stitched together by hit tracks from his last project I Met You When I Was 18, the atmosphere on the floor felt supercharged yet intimate all at once as the 24-year-old launched into energetic bops like ‘Paris in the Rain’ and ‘A Different Way’ as well as mellower numbers like ‘Reforget’ and ‘Come Back Home’.

Lauv SG 2

After a particularly rousing rendition of ‘Chasing Fire’ however, the singer cheekily announced with a laugh: “Guys, that was so good that I ripped my pants… I don’t even have another pair of pants to change into! But the show must go on.” And go on the show did, with the heartthrob treating the audience to more of his infectious tunes that included the snappy collaborative track with fellow singer-songwriter Troye Sivan ‘I’m So Tired’ as well as a new unreleased single ‘Sims’ – which we foresee to be the next chart-topper by the way the audience was lapping it up.

Lauv SG 3

In between heartfelt love songs, endearing fan interactions and head-bopping tracks, it also became clear that Lauv was genuinely moved by the support reverberating through the room, leading him to thanking the crowd for their unwavering dedication to him and his music through the years. And as the night concluded on a high with encore performances of ‘Never Not’ and ‘I Like Me Better’, we – like everyone else there – were left with full hearts and a smile on our faces, and it’s safe to say we can’t wait till the next time he stops by our shores.

Photo credits: Aloysius Lim & Alvin Ho

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Blockbuster season may have just opened with a bang, thanks to the box office success of Avengers: Endgame, but it seems like the season’s just warming up with a burgeoning lineup of upcoming films that are proving to be just as promising, if not intriguing as the Marvel powerhouse. From long-awaited Disney adaptations to bone-chilling horror remakes and Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded return, here are 13 of the biggest movies to get hyped up for this summer.

Aladdin (23 May)

As the third Disney fairytale to get its story reimagined through live-action story-telling, Aladdin will follow in the footsteps of its animated counterpart as he weaves the tale of a street urchin, the magic lamp he finds, and his blossoming love story with Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Similar to the previous live-action remakes of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, fans of the animation should expect a more updated version of the film, which will see the addition of new characters, songs as well as slight changes to existing key roles.

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (30 May)

Though it has been five years since the first Godzilla film which introduced us to the MonsterVerse of Kaijus, Godzilla: King of Monsters will feature an all-star cast of creatures including Mothra, Rodan and Godzilla’s greatest foe, King Ghidorah, as they face off with the titular beast in monster battles of epic proportions. Plus, Stranger Things fans will get to enjoy Millie Bobby Brown’s debut on the big screen!

Dark Phoenix (6 June)

Since the completion of Disney’s acquisition of Fox, there has been high expectations of Dark Phoenix which is to be the first official X-Men film to premiere under the Marvel and Disney umbrella. Picking up from where we last left the team of mutants in X-Men Apocalypse, the group is forced to take down one of their own after a mysterious figure manipulates Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) into threatening the lives of her friends and the world at large.

Men In Black: International (13 June)

If you loved the dynamic between Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth in Thor Ragnarok, you’re definitely going to enjoy the duo’s reunion as partners in Men in Black: International. Unlike the OG Men in Black franchise, the new installment will take things global instead of staying in their home ground of New York City. The story follows Tessa’s Agent M as she begins her probational trial period as a Men in Black alongside Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) to investigate and neutralise the threat within their organisation.

Rocketman (13 June)

Despite having a change of lead three years after the film went into development, Elton John’s biopic Rocketman is finally slated to be released with Taron Egerton playing the legendary singer through his breakthrough years. Unlike the successful Bohemian Rhapsody, this film weaves in performance pieces like legitimate pieces of musical theatre – so expect a musical, visionary fantasy that is fuelled by Taron’s brilliant performance and vocal talent.

Toy Story 4 (20 June)

Contrary to popular opinions, Toy Story 4 is not a continuation of the third movie in the franchise. Instead, it chronicles the toys years after the teary conclusion of its predecessor as they are forced to deal with Bonnie’s new makeshift toy, Forky (Tony Hale). When the newest addition escapes during a family road trip, Woody (Tom Hanks) naturally goes off to save him, but gets separated from his friends in the process. What ensues is an unlikely reunion with old friends and a period of self-discovery when he learns what it truly means to be a toy.

Annabelle Comes Home (27 June)

Having already haunted our nightmares with Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, the member of the Conjuring Universe is back to give us sleepless nights with its third installment, Annabelle Comes Home. Though it does not serve as the long-awaited sequel to Conjuring, this next chapter will star Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as fame paranormal legends Ed and Lorraine Warren, as they bring the doll back to their home for safekeeping. Unfortunately, an unholy night of horror awaits when Annabelle awakens the evil spirits within the room, targeting the Warrens’ 10-year old daughter and her friends.

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2 July)

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, our friendly neighbourhood superhero will be making his return with the sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Deciding to unwind with his best friends Ned (Jacob Batalon), MJ (Zendaya) and the rest of the gang on a school trip to Europe, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is begrudgingly made to say goodbye to his few weeks of relaxation when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) enlists his help to uncover the mystery behind the elemental creature attacks that have been causing havoc across the continent.

Child’s Play (11 July)

In this reboot of the 1988 cult classic Child’s Play, the slasher film will see a re-imagination of the killer doll, Chucky (Mark Hamill), as a high-tech toy gone haywire that begins menacing a mother and her son. Although the character won’t have much of a personality change, this modern take does mark a slight change from its original backstory where the doll is possessed by the soul of a killer.

The Lion King (18 July)

Known to be one of the most endearing Disney animations of the ’90s, the live-action remake of The Lion King has been one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2019 alongside Avengers: Endgame. Featuring a stellar and diverse cast of characters, the story will remain similar to the 1994 animated film where a mischievous young lion will have to cope with the loss of his father, his existence and his destiny. Much like all Disney remakes, there are bound to be a couple of changes here and there but not to worry, you’ll definitely be hearing the iconic songs including some new ones penned by Beyonce and Elton John!

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (1 August)

After eight successful films, the Fast & Furious franchise is back at it again uniting fan-favourites Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Despite getting off to a rough start in 2015’s Furious 7, the pair has since formed an unlikely alliance to save the world whenever needed. This new spin-off sees the duo work closer than ever as they attempt to take out Brixton (Idris Elba), an invincible super soldier who’s in possession of a lethal bioweapon.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (15 August)

In his ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino takes audiences back to Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, at the height of hippie culture in Hollywood. Despite rumours circling around the shared ill-fated timeline with the Charles Manson murders, Quentin has assured that the film would focus on the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age – where his characters Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), a former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) are struggling to make a name for themselves in an industry they no longer recognise.

IT Chapter Two (5 September)

Following the impressive casting choices for the Losers’ Club as adults, IT Chapter Two is back to pick up where it left off, 27 years after the first film. After attempting to put those horrific memories of their childhood and Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) behind them, the gang returns to Derry to put an end to the evil entity once and for all, not knowing that it’s going to be an uphill battle as Pennywise has become stronger and crueler than ever since their absence.

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We’ve hit the halfway point in the year, and at last, the mid-year break will soon be upon us. With four weeks of relaxing and no alarms to drag you to school, you have ample time to start on, catch up or finish up your favourite series and/or movies. . Check them out here – they’re all easily available on Netflix too!

TV Shows

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (5 seasons)

Brooklyn Nine Nine

From the show-runners behind hit sitcom Parks and Recreation comes Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an American live action comedy centred around detective Jack Peralta (Andy Samberg) as he comes to blows with new commanding officer Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) at Brooklyn’s 99th precinct. With goofy jokes among a talented cast (if a bit heavy on the dad-joke humour), Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a fantastic pick to watch in one sitting or more – the show now has five seasons up on Netflix with a sixth on the way.

Watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix

Friends (10 seasons)

FRIENDS

If there’s one show that most would agree to be the grandmother of modern television comedy, it has to be Friends. Six friends bumble through 1990s Manhattan, meandering work, life and even love – the story may seem simple, but that hasn’t stopped Friends from going 10 seasons strong. A classic to catch if you haven’t already done so, and one that’s great to revisit over the holidays. For a start, here are five iconic episodes to get into.

Watch Friends on Netflix

Rilakkuma and Kaoru (1 season)

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

For something lighthearted to indulge in, try out the stop-motion animated series Rilakkuma and Kaoru. Through 10-minute shorts, follow the life of Kaoru (Mikako Tabe) as she juggles work life and her lazy but adorable roommates – popular Japanese San-X mascots Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma. A whimsical tale of a sleepy brown bear and his roommate office lady in one, fans old and new will definitely enjoy these quick episodes to unwind in-between a busy schedule.

Watch Rilakkuma and Kaoru on Netflix.

The Good Place (3 seasons)

The Good Place

It’s a story after death, but it isn’t a sad one. When the rude and dishonest Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) accidentally ends up at The Good Place after her death, she endeavours to become a better person with the help of her afterlife mentor. With its heart-warming elements of friendship and road to becoming a better person as well as some unexpected twists, The Good Place is more than just your usual sitcom.

Watch The Good Place on Netflix.

Derry Girls (1 season)

Derry Girls

Set during the Troubles, a turbulent time in Northern Ireland in the ’90s, the award-winning Derry Girls documents the high school life of five girls in a Catholic girls’ secondary school. It’s not the doom and gloom you might expect, however – the girls are charming in a series peppered with dark, if raunchy, humour, while delving slightly into the lesser-known issues of Northern Ireland at the time.

Watch Derry Girls on Netflix.

Strong Girl Bong-Soon (1 season)

Strong Girl Bong Soon

If you’re up for a good laugh with romantic undertones, this Korean drama is for you. Blessed with superhuman strength, titular character Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) uses her powers for good while desperately trying to gain the attention of her police officer crush In Guk Doo (Ji Soo). She soon becomes entangled in a love triangle involving her CEO boss Ahn Min Hyuk (Park Hyun Sik) while protecting him from threats. The series was such a hit when it first aired that it ended as one of the highest-rated dramas on cable television in the country – and we clearly see why with its delightful cast of characters and atypical premise.

Watch Strong Girl Bong-Soon on Netflix.

Movies

Spider-Man: Homecoming

SpiderMan Homecoming

With Disney pulling out of Netflix and the impending Spider-Man: Far From Home in theatres as the continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the June holidays would be a good time to re-familiarise yourselves with our favourite neighbourhood Spider-Man with his first MCU solo movie. It’s not just your usual superpowered, good vs evil flick, of course – besides it being Spider-Man’s return to the Disney and Marvel fold, it also serves as a coming-of-age of sorts to young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he worked towards becoming a hero in his own right.

Watch Spider-Man: Homecoming on Netflix.

Mamma Mia! The Movie

Mamma Mia

Swedish pop group ABBA birthed some major infectious hits, which is why it made such a splash in theatres with Mamma Mia! The Musical. The musical is later adapted into a movie with a star-studded cast such as Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth, who appear in catchy song and dance numbers revolving around a mother-daughter duo with the latter’s wedding on the horizon. A decidedly family-centric film where blood is thicker than water, you’re in for a swimmingly good time in Mamma Mia! The Movie.

Watch Mamma Mia! The Movie on Netflix.

The Proposal

The Proposal

If you think about it, this is the ultimate boss flex – when threatened with deportation to her home country, Canadian executive Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) forces her assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) to act as her fiancé so she may remain in the country and retain her position. Heading to Alaska to meet the latter’s family, both realise there’s more to the other beyond their surface work relationship. Coupled with a witty script and great chemistry between the two leads, The Proposal is bound to have you in stitches while waiting for the pair’s forthcoming nuptials.

Watch The Proposal on Netflix.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

My Best Friend's Wedding

They had initially planned to get married by the time they turned 28, so when Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) finds out that her college friend Michael O’Neal (Dermot Mulroney) is getting married three weeks before her birthday and realises her feelings for him, she decides to sabotage the wedding in all ways possible. Noted for being a refreshing take on the romantic comedy genre, My Best Friend’s Wedding is no doubt one of Julia Robert’s best films to date.

Watch My Best Friend’s Wedding on Netflix.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

In a touching tale about how appearances aren’t everything, Remy the rat (Patton Oswalt) develops a taste for fine food and dreams of becoming a chef like his idol Auguste Gusteau. Together with garbage boy Alfredo Linguini (Lou Romano), he attempts to achieve his culinary goal at the recently deceased Gusteau’s restaurant. A go-to film choice when one needs a pick-me-up, Ratatouille is one of Disney-Pixar’s most beloved animated films that viewers can watch again and again without getting bored.

Watch Ratatouille on Netflix.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All The Boys Ive Loved Before

If you think your secret letters to your crush won’t come back to haunt you, think again – that was exactly what happened to Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor), who finds herself in a pickle when five guys find out about her crushes on them. Based on young adult novelist Jenny Han’s book of the same name, this teen romance film features an ensemble of relatable characters and a fun cast makes its predictable plot enjoyable. The best part? It’s not the end; a sequel is on its way.

Watch To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix.

What are your plans this June holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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