After a decade, IU is finally here for the first time, for her very own solo concert <이지금 dlwlrma> in Singapore, which marks the fifth stop of her 10th Anniversary Tour Concert.
Keeping true to the concept of a movie with different genres, the concert had a spectacular opening with ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Cruel Fairy Tale’.
Greeting Singaena (Singapore UAENA), IU expressed her desire to visit Singapore – especially after watching a movie that was shot here (Crazy Rich Asians?), and she actually reached earlier to go sightseeing with her team. IU was also pleasantly surprised by the turnout at her first Singapore concert and thanked Singaena for being so patient. “I didn’t know I have so many fans here! I’m sorry I took so long to come!”
For the first part of her concert, the songstress performed hits from both past and present, like ‘Dlwlrma’, ‘Every End of the Day’, ‘Between the Lips (50cm)’ and the classic ‘Good Day’.
For the second part of her concert, IU introduced that it would be the genre of love and farewell – “will it be a romantic comedy or melodrama?”, before continuing with ‘Friday’. IU got fans to sing along for ‘Meaning of You’, and she exclaimed that she actually got goosebumps because they sang so well in Korean!
For Singapore, IU prepared a special stage, performing Chinese singer Karen Mok’s ‘Love’ (愛情).
The next song that IU performed was not in the setlist but she still prepared it, even changing to a pearl aqua mic just for the song.
“I’ve been thinking about this one a lot recently. This song has been a great comfort to me, since the moment I met it. I really hope this song will reach the person I really miss.”
IU performed ‘Gloomy Clock’, a song that SHINee’s Jonghyun gifted to her, which also features his vocals.
After ‘Only I Didn’t Know’ and ‘Lost Child’, IU sang ‘Twenty-three’, ‘Glasses’ and ‘Zezé’ – from her favourite album ‘CHAT-SHIRE’.
IU confessed that her lyrics used to be sharp and dark as she used to pay more attention to her haters, but instead now she focuses on people who loves her – such as the fans present, making her want to write songs more of love and comfort. IU thanked fans for making her a better person and she will write songs that convey more than just simple words.
The concert continued with more light-hearted songs, ‘BBIBBI’ and ‘Palette’. The adorable marshmallow mascots also made an appearance for “Marshmallow” and “Boo”, of which IU said that the mascots will be retiring after this tour and she will not be performing these songs anymore, as it is time for her to leave behind her cute image.
IU wished Singaena a ‘Merry Christmas in Advance’, before ending the concert with ‘Last Night Story’ and ‘You and I’. Of course, IU fans will know that she’s famous for her long encores and re-encores (although the Singapore leg is much shorter than the original Korea one). For the encore, IU mesmerised everyone with ‘Through The Night’ and ‘Dear Name’, and also re-emerged for a re-encore and made fans’ requests come true: ‘The Shower’ and ‘Heart’.
IU thanked everyone that has supported her over the past 10 years, and also promised never to forget that night’s beautiful ‘fireflies’ – the finger light fan project done during ‘Through The Night’.
Article by: Zhen Zhen @ KAvenyou
Photos by: ONE Production