I’ve never been sold on the appeal of going to a concert. I’ve always been of the mindset that it’s much more appealing to listen to the music at home. I’m already here and I have the music at my disposal. And with the advent of streaming services like Spotify and YouTube Music my music is anywhere I am. So what’s the point?
I decided that I would buck that trend and went to the BLAƆKPIИK concert at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton over the weekend. I’m sold.
My taste in music has always been wide ranging from pop to rock, rap to classical, dubstep to K-Pop. So it wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I’m a fan of BLAƆKPIИK. They dominated my playlists in anticipation of the concert.
For seasoned concert goers what I’m going to say next comes as no surprise. Attending a concert to experience the music of your favourite artist, even though you’re not even meeting them in person, in a way brings you closer to them. No longer is the music just a collection of sounds coming out of speakers become connected to an actual performer – real people.
The concert on Saturday night wasn’t just BLAƆKPIИK’s first visit to Hamilton. It wasn’t just their first visit to Canada. It was also my first visit to an actual concert, and it will be an experience that I will always remember.
BLAƆKPIИK is made up of four young women – Lisa, Jennie, Jisoo, and Rosè. The quartet owned the stage and put on an amazing and energetic performance bringing the thousands of “blinks” in attendance to their feet dancing along. And even though a good chunk of the songs are in Korean it was also amazing to hear ten thousand strong singing along. Part of what made the show so fun to watch was the absolute joy that resonated from each of the members of the group. They beamed while they performed and looked to be genuinely having so much fun on stage. At times the girls teared up singing some of their songs and thanking the fans for coming out.
The music of BLAƆKPIИK is upbeat and infectious. If you missed seeing them live in Hamilton during their world tour you should’t miss hearing them. Check out them on Spotify and you can listen to their songs on YouTube as well.