Global pop star Post Malone had his fiery first encounter with Korean audiences during his concert on Sep 23rd at Ilsan KINTEX 1 Halls 4 and 5
Post Malone, who began his music career in 2011, is a world-renowned musician who topped the Billboard Album Chart 200 and Single Chart Hot 100 many times. He covers a wide range of music genres, including hip-hop, pop, R&B, alternative rock and country. The anticipation for his first-ever concert in Korea was high from the moment ticket sales began.
About 30,000 spectators gathered at the venue, providing a true sense of Post Malone’s popularity in Korea. Since the concert was rated as “for audiences over 19 years old”, many fans enjoyed beer and Highball sold near the ticket booth before entering the concert hall.
This concert was notable because it was held at KINTEX, a venue not specifically designed for concerts. Concert planning company Live Nation Korea explained that due to a lack of large concert venue infrastructure resulting from remodeling at Jamsil Main Stadium and the schedules of KBO and K-League games, they decided to combine two halls at KINTEX for the concert.
The concert started at 7:18 PM, 18 minutes later than scheduled. The audience warmly welcomed the performer with shouts of his real name, Austin Richard Post. Post Malone, who appeared wearing a T-shirt with a photo of representative K-pop girl group BLACKPINK, opened the concert with “Better Now”.
After singing the first song, Post Malone enthusiastically greeted the audience, saying, “Hello!” He went on to express his joy at performing in front of passionate Korean audiences for the first time.
Post Malone then took the stage with global hit songs like “Psycho”, “rockstar” and “Circles”. He also performed songs from his recent full-length album “Austin”, such as “Mourning” and “Overdrive”.
Throughout the concert, Post Malone presented dynamic performances, harmonizing with a live band and string instrument players. He also played the electric guitar and acoustic guitar. After each song, he expressed his gratitude in Korean and bowed 90 degrees, which drew attention.
The audience responded with enthusiastic sing-alongs to the consecutive hit songs. Audiences in the standing area enjoyed the concert as if they were in a club, dancing energetically.
After performing for about 100 minutes, Post Malone said goodbye, receiving cheers from the audience for his encore songs “Sunflower” and “Chemical”. This concert was part of his world tour, and the Asian leg of the tour includes stops in Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.