There’s definitely no shortage of music festivals during this concert-heavy couple of months, but with a stellar three-day (!) line-up and plenty of other elements in the realm of fashion and arts to see, We The Fest 2018 (WTF 2018) in Jakarta looks set to be the definitive one on your radar.

Thinking of heading overseas for a quick getaway with your best mates and catching some of the world’s best music acts? Then you ought to seriously consider WTF 2018, happening between 20 to 22 July at the Jakarta International Expo. The fifth edition this year will see the likes of electronic acts such as Odesza and Petit Biscuit, alternative rockers Alt-J and The Neighbourhood, female game-changers Lorde and SZA, as well as guitar hero James Bay. Local favourites The Sam Willows also join the fray on Day 2 of the festival!

Before the festivities, we highlight three headliners that we can’t wait to throw our hands up to later this month.

LORDE

Lorde WTF 2018

Ella O’Connor might be only 21 years old, but she’s already earned two Grammys to her name and is currently on her second worldwide tour that will see her cap off the second night of WTF on a high. Better known as Lorde, the enigmatic songstress defied any assumptions of a sophomore slump, when her second album Melodrama notched highs on many critics’ best of 2017 lists, and even scored a coveted Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. With stirring tracks like ‘Green Light’, ‘Royals’ and ‘Liability’, expect nothing short of greatness from Lorde’s first ever live performance in Southeast Asia.

ODESZA

ODESZA WTF 2018

As part of their ongoing Asia tour, ODESZA is set to light up WTF with their explosive live set. The dynamic electronic duo has garnered heaps of praise for tracks like ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Late Night’, and a devout fanbase eager to lose themselves in their tunes. Their latest album A Moment Apart was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at this year’s Grammy Awards too, and there’s no doubt that these guys will prove just why they deserve that honour later this month.

SZA

SZA WTF 2018

Is there anyone else whose rise has been so captivating to watch than SZA? Pronounced “Sizza” (not “SAR” or “ZHA”), the R&B songbird SZA has been making quiet but deadly moves on her ascent to the top of the music scene. First gaining notice from collaborations with Rihanna and Chance The Rapper, SZA has blossomed into her own, stunning critics and fans alike with her debut album Ctrl, alongside statement guest spots on singles with Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar. Boasting sultry vocals, pensive lyrics and slow-burning beats, SZA’s music is bound to take listeners on an unforgettable journey.

Check out the full lineup here. Tickets and travel packages for WTF 2018 are available for purchase on www.wethefest.com

After taking over the world by storm with their chart-topping viral hit ‘Love Scenario’, it seems like K-pop sensation iKON has been on the fast-track to fame. And clearly, they’re out to conquer – with nothing less than a world tour. Although the seven-member group has already went on several Japan tours as well as their own 2016 Asian tour, 2018 Continue Tour is the first ever world tour they’ll be embarking on.

iKON 2018 Continue Tour in Singapore

The tour is set to kick off in Seoul on 18 August before the band hits the road for the other Asian stops – and Singapore is part of the lineup! Other cities include Hong Kong, Bangkok and Taipei, with more to be revealed at a later date.

This will mark their return in three years since their last concert here in 2015 as part of their iKoncert: Showtime Tour, where they successfully put up a solid show in front of a 6,500-strong crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – and they were barely a year into their debut back then. It’s safe to say, we’re expecting a much bigger turnout this time around! SG iKONICs, start saving up!

More details will be updated in this post once available.

Meanwhile, check out their latest music video for ‘Love Scenario’:

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In case you haven’t heard of all the buzz surrounding the one and only HallyuPopFest, the final mammoth lineup of the three-day K-pop extravaganza is finally confirmed!

To say that we are beyond stoked for this massive gathering of K-pop acts is an understatement. Especially when we’re talking about trending supergroups including Wanna One, NCT 127, EXID and AOA, as well as powerhouse soloists such as Taeyeon, Heize and Eric Nam. To add on to the already impressive lineup, fans also get to discover a new crop of up-and-coming gems such as Momoland, UNB and Dreamcatcher that are poised to become the next big things so you can say you were there first.

Check out the full lineup below, in order of announcement:

BTOB
Soyou
Gugudan
Jeong Sewoon

Yu Seungwoo
Dreamcatcher
MYTEEN
Apink
Eric Nam
Huh Gak
EXID
VICTON
ONF
SNUPER
NCT 127
Taeyeon
AOA
UNB
Momoland
Heize
Wanna One

The festival is set to be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 7 to 9 September 2018, and will feature a myriad of activities including a public red carpet event, meet and greet sessions, and even global audition opportunities where K-pop hopefuls can take a shot at stardom!

HallyuPopFest 2018
Date: 7 to 9 September 2018
Venue: Singapore Indoor Stadium
Tickets: $498 (Daebak Package A and B), $298, $268, $238, $198, $148

HallyuPopFest Seating Map

HallyuPopFest Festival Schedule

All tickets will include access to same-day showcases and entry to concert. Public sales will start on 7 July, 10am via www.sportshubtix.sg. An exclusive 3-day pack, which applies to only Category 1 ($298 x 3 = $894) and Daebak Pass A ($498 x 3 = $1,494) tickets, is available for purchase during the 1-day priority sale on 6 July, 10am to 11.59pm. More details can be found here.

Any unassuming passerby who passed by the Singapore Indoor Stadium on a certain weekend might think there was a World Cup screening going on, but no – it was a K-pop concert staged by none other than the hottest girl group of the moment, TWICE, as part of their TWICE 2ND TOUR ‘TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park.

Commanding a 8,500-strong crowd of hardcore ONCEs, it was a treat for the army of testosterone-filled fans who turned up in full force: dreamy stage set-ups, fun performances and endless fan service. The audience certainly lapped it up in delight, armed with candy bongs in hand as they roared and chanted along to every song. Here are the thoughts that ran through our minds over the course of the three-hour set:

#1 “Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?”

The TWICE girls made their grand entrance decked out in breathtaking white gowns, looking ever so angelic as they descended on stage in a row of elevated swings. It wasn’t even one song in that they switched up their costumes for cute floral dresses, promptly launching into a sequence of familiar melodies such as ‘Like OOH-AHH’, ‘Cheer Up’ and ‘Likey’. Transforming the stage into a winter wonderland complete with snowflake embellishments and whimsical fairy lights, they winded it down for a couple of mid-tempo numbers including ‘Someone Like Me’ and ‘Turtle’. Check out how gorgeous the set-up was!

#2 “Gotta love those girl crush vibes!”

Ever since ‘Like OOH-AHH’, TWICE has stuck with the same ol’ formula of sweet bubblegum earworms that fans have come to love. So we couldn’t help but wonder when would they change up their concept – and boy, did they surprise us with a total image overhaul. Ditching their cutesy appeal to showcase a more refined look, the ninesome returned to the stage in dashing pinstripe suits as they delivered a solid repertoire of remixes. “A lot of our songs are bright and bubbly, but we wanted to try something cool this time round,” explained Momo. Hey JYP, can we propose a ‘Touchdown’ 2.0 for their next comeback?

#3 “Can we please debut these sub-units?”

You know TWICE for their addictive bops, but we often forget that they’re made up of unique personalities that aren’t always translated to their presence in the group. Thankfully, each member got a slice of their own spotlight with solo performances and special unit stages: Dahyun showed off her fierce charisma with a killer rendition of Rain’s ‘Rainism’ (or rather, ‘Dahyunism’), Jihyo, Momo and Tzuyu channeled their inner Beyoncé for ‘End Of Time’, Jungyeon and Nayeon swapped gender roles for a sizzling cover of Baek Ji Young and Taecyeon’s ‘My Ear Candy’.

#4 “We love inclusive queens!”

Don’t worry, we didn’t leave out Mina, Chaeyoung and Sana on purpose. In fact, we wanted to give special mention to the trio, who performed the throwback hit ‘Oppa’ by Wax. Although it was intended as a treat for their oppa fans (an endearment term for older brother), Sana didn’t forget to give a shoutout to female as well as younger fans. “There are a lot of people here who are unnies (older sister) and dongsaengs (younger brother/sister) too,” added Sana, before rallying the other members to greet the fellow unnies in attendance.

#5 “How cool would it be to have a Winner x TWICE collab?”

Remember when TWICE performed EXO’s ‘Overdose’ and SEVENTEEN’s ‘Pretty U’ during their Singapore show last April? This year, the nine-member group once again impresses with their electrifying cover of WINNER’s smash hit ‘Really Really’. Needless to say, we’re really really loving it!

#6 “Who says TWICE can’t sing? Fight us.”

Admittedly, TWICE doesn’t have the cleanest of reputations when it comes to live singing. The use of backing tracks was a tad too obvious at some points, but we understand it’s strenuous enough having to keep up with the back-to-back choreography, let alone hit those notes effortlessly. However, that doesn’t mean the ladies can’t hold a tune – just check out this acoustic performance of ‘What Is Love?’. We sure hope they can have more opportunities to show off their vocal skills in the future though!

#7 “Aww, don’t cry!”

Before the night comes to an end, ONCEs surprised TWICE with a special fanmade video while holding up banners that read “We will wait for TWICE to return”. Touched at the gesture, a teary-eyed Jihyo took the time to thank fans: “I can’t believe we have doubled the amount of ONCEs we can meet today. Thank you so much for always loving and supporting us!” Wrapping up the show with a promise to return next year, they proceeded to walk us down the TWICE memory lane with a medley of all their greatest hits so far.

Is it too early to start prepping for #TWICELAND3inSG? We think not.

Featured image credits: ONE Production

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7 New K-Dramas You Need To Start Binge-Watching This Summer

25 Jun 2018 by Julia Yee

Growing bored of re-watching the same ol’ K-dramas? Grab your popcorn and tissue box, because we’ve rounded up a brand new list of must-watch shows for your viewing pleasure. Happy bingeing!

#1 MR. SUNSHINE

Starring: Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Yeon Seok, Kim Min Jung, Byun Yo Han

What it’s aboutBased on the infamous US expedition to Korea in the late 19th century, Mr. Sunshine tells the tale of an unlikely romance between a runaway servant boy and an upper-class girl. Against a backdrop of sinister conspiracies and bloody warfare, this Shakespeare-esque love story of Eugene Choi (Lee Byung Hun) and Go Ae Sin (Kim Tae Ri) will bring you on an emotional rollercoaster right from the beginning. Brought to you by the creators of the iconic Descendants of the Sun and Goblin, this upcoming drama promises to tug on your heartstrings just as much.

Mr. Sunshine is available on Netflix from 19 July onwards.

#2 WHAT’S WRONG WITH SECRETARY KIM?

Starring: Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young

What it’s about: If you’re a sucker for the “rich guy falls in love with poor girl” trope, then you’re gonna love What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?. The rom-com series follows a narcissistic Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon), the young vice-president of his family’s company, who unknowingly falls in love with his secretary, Kim Mi So (Park Min Young). After nearly a decade of insisting on a “business relationship”, will he finally fess up to his feelings for her?

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? is available on Viu.

#3 COME AND HUG ME

Starring: Jang Ki Yong, Jin Ki Joo, Heo Joon Ho

What it’s about: Does first love = true love? Come And Hug Me follows the budding relationship of two high school sweethearts, Do Jin (Jang Ki Yong) and Jae Yi (Jin Ki Joo), who are torn apart after Do Jin’s psychopathic dad murders Jae Yi’s parents. Years later, the two cross paths again – Do Jin now a rookie detective and Jae Yi an aspiring actress. Can they overcome their tragic past, or is history doomed to repeat itself?

Come And Hug Me is available on Viu.

#4 SUITS

Starring: Jang Dong Gun, Park Hyung Sik

What it’s aboutYou’ve probably already seen its American counterpart, but the Korean adaptation of Suits promises to be just as good. Go Yeon Woo (Park Hyung Sik) possesses a photographic memory and extraordinary IQ, but his dreams of becoming a lawyer are dashed thanks to his poor family background. A disheartened Yeon Woo settles for a job as a parking valet, but after a series of coincidences, finds himself in the office of Choi Kang Seok (Jang Dong Gun), a legendary lawyer in the prestigious Kang & Ham Law Firm. Impressed by Yeon Woo’s talents, Kang Seok takes a leap of faith by hiring the amateur legal genius.

Suits is available on Viu.

#5 A KOREAN ODYSSEY

Starring: Lee Seung Gi, Cha Seung Won, Oh Yeon Seo, Lee Hong Ki, Jang Gwang

What it’s aboutA contemporary spin-off of the Chinese classic Journey to the West, this Netflix original calls to question the true nature of good and evil. Son Oh Gong (Lee Seung Gi) can never die and wanders the earth in exile as punishment for his past mischiefs; Jin Seon Mi (Oh Yeon Seo) is a real estate CEO who saved Oh Gong many years ago. The two come face-to-face again in a chance encounter, and an epic love story ensues.

A Korean Odyssey is available on Netflix.

#6 SOMETHING IN THE RAIN

Starring: Son Ye Jin, Jung Hae In

What it’s about: If you’re in need of some good ol’ fairytale romance, this one is for you. Happy-go-lucky Yoon Jin A (Son Ye Jin)’s life seems to be going as planned, except for one thing: a missing soulmate. But her prince charming is closer than she thinks – enter Seo Joon Hee (Jung Hae In), a dashing young man who just so happens to be the brother of Ye Jin’s best friend. Cue lots of heart-fluttering, swoon-worthy moments as Jin A begins to see Joon Hee in a whole new light!

Something in the Rain is available on Netflix.

#7 ARE YOU HUMAN?

Starring: Seo Kang Joon, Gong Seung Yeon

What it’s aboutNam Shin (Seo Kang Joon), who is the heir to a large company, lies comatose in the hospital after a tragic accident. In an attempt to protect his son’s image, his mother exploits her authority on brain science and artificial intelligence to create Nam Shin III – an android that is the spitting image of Nam Shin. Kang So Bong (Gong Seung Yeon) becomes the bodyguard for the new Nam Shim, but as time passes, her feelings for Nam Shim III grow more and more complicated. A unique love story that ultimately leads you to question: what really makes a human, human?

Are You Human? is available on Viu.

What K-drama are you currently hooked on? Let us know in the comments below!

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