This past weekend, 14th-15th May was the inaugural KPOPFLEX festival in Frankfurt, Germany. THP were lucky enough to go, so we’re gonna round up and review every single one of the performances at KPOPFLEX! Featuring sets from some of the very best idols, from Dreamcatcher to MAMAMOO to KAI, the festival was a once in a lifetime opportunity for K-Pop fans. Well, until it returns next year…
Asking any act, especially one that’s only just debuted, to open KPOPFLEX would be a big ask, but Starship Entertainment’s new girl group IVE absolutely killed their set! Opening with ‘LOVE DIVE,’ the girls had incredible energy both days and showed the crowd so much of their individual personalities and group identity in just three songs.
Having debuted in 2020, ENHYPEN had never had the chance to perform in front of an international crowd, until KPOPFLEX! Despite being only two years into their career, ENHYPEN have a catalog full of bops; their first-ever international concert included performances of ‘FEVER,’ ‘TAMED-DASHED,’ and ‘DRUNK DAZED.’ Every note was hit perfectly, every single movement was razor-sharp, and ENGENEs have never been so lucky.
AB6IX started their set with a super sweet vlog of their journey to Frankfurt before they tore up the stage on both days of KPOPFLEX. A highlight of their set had to be Saturday’s performance of ‘CHERRY,’ but honestly, the whole thing was out of this world. And the other cherry on top of the cake? We got to see an exclusive performance of ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen by AB6IX’s Daehwi and MAMAMOO’s Solar!
Everyone bow down, the queens are here! One of the most legendary girl groups of all time, MAMAMOO, performed on both days of KPOPFLEX, and even opened the show on Sunday. The girls opened with ‘AYA’ and closed with ‘HIP’ but we have to mention how great the live version of ‘gogobebe’ is. MAMAMOO had such great interactions with the crowd, and we loved seeing their endless charisma IRL!
(G)I-DLE opened with ‘TOMBOY,’ so it’s impossible for their set to be anything but iconic. The girls prepared a dance tutorial of the viral hit for the audience, and the crowd… well, we tried. None of us were as good as (G)I-DLE, but we can dream! The group blessed us with super energetic performances across both days of the festival, and we kinda feel like no matter what we said in this KPOPFLEX review, we wouldn’t be able to do these girls justice!
Yes, they were technically down two members, but that did not stop NCT Dream bring the energy on Saturday night! The remaining five members of NCT Dream covered Mark and Haechan’s parts with ease, and the crowd ate up their set of ‘Hot Sauce,’ ‘Ridin’,’ ‘Hello Future’ and ‘Glitch Mode.’
First, we need to let you know that we are never going to recover from Dreamcatcher covering BLACKPINK’s ‘Kill This Love.’ Second, Dreamcatcher made every single person in that stadium an InSomnia! Their energy was electric and beyond powerful throughout performances of ‘MAISON,’ ‘BEcause’ and more.
Coinciding with their seventh anniversary, Monsta X was one of the most highly anticipated performances of the weekend. Luckily for MONBEBE, they did not disappoint! The group recently released mini-album Shape of Love, and the group opened their set with the title track ‘LOVE.’
But when in Germany, what song did they simply have to perform? ‘Autobahn,’ duh! The group put so much energy into their performance of the No Limit album track, and then gifted us with silky, charismatic renditions of ‘GAMBLER’ and ‘사랑함다 (Love You).’
One of the most exciting things about Monsta X performing at KPOPFLEX, is that it’s merely a pit-stop in their plans for summer 2022. Monsta X were headed straight to New York after their performance on Sunday, ready for the NO LIMIT TOUR! The tour kicks off at Radio City Music Hall on May 21st and continues throughout June. The few remaining tickets are available here.
Perhaps most exciting of all, the headliner for both days of KPOPFLEX was KAI, the iconic solo artist, and lead dancer from EXO and Super M. KPOPFLEX was KAI’s first overseas solo concert, and he, obviously, killed his performances and owned the stage. His set opened with ‘Peaches,’ the lead single from his second solo album of the same name. KAI, aka Kim Jongin, then treated us to b-sides ‘Vanilla’ and ‘To Be Honest,’ before closing his set with his debut solo single ‘Mmmh.’
KAI is known for his ability to display different sides of himself and that infamous idol duality, and he really showed that in Frankfurt! Not only did he showcase different talents within each set, but also Saturday’s show felt almost closer to Jongin, whereas Sunday’s show was definitely KAI.
If you’re sad you missed out on KPOPFLEX, don’t worry! The festival will return to Frankfurt next year on 18th and 19th June. And if getting to Germany doesn’t work for you? KPOP.FLEX is also headed to London’s iconic O2 for three nights in September 2023!
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