A month or so ago when a friend told me Crush would be performing in London, I didn’t know what to do, to be honest. Crush is a Korean RnB singer-producer, and needless to say Korean acts doing live shows in the UK are rare. Crush is one of my favourite artists to just groove to. Nothing crazy catchy to me, and I’m not a die-hard fan who knows all the lyrics, but his music is a real mood-setter when I need it and that is why I listen to him.
So when the tickets came out, I just took the plunge and went straight for it. Unfortunately, I was possibly seven seconds too late for VIP tickets, but I was still able to get my hands on the standard tickets, luckily. Apparently the VIP tickets sold out in a minute and the standard ones in ten! The VIP tickets included a photo with Crush before the gig, a good view and an after-party after the main show, whilst the standard tickets were just for the main show.
As I may have mentioned before, my parents were very on the fence about letting me go to London by myself, but I’d already booked everything. They let me go on the basis that it was a new experience, and that having experience travelling by myself would be good, which I agree with!
I made sure to book train tickets and a hotel room as early as possible to keep it cheap – I didn’t have any other plans at the time, thankfully. I booked the nearest Travelodge which turned out to be right next door to the concert venue, which was great as I didn’t want to be wandering around in London too long in the dark of night, especially with the cold weather.
I arrived really early, and wasn’t sure how early to go outside and wait in the queue. I did plan on getting food before lining up, but when I got outside eventually, the line had snaked around the corners of the road, and it was over an hour and a half to go until the show. In fact, even earlier I had seen keen fans sitting outside the door.
Waiting in line, I was cold. I had on a t shirt, shorts over a thick pair of tights, and a red leather jacket. I was really feeling the jacket, because it reminded me of the one Crush wears in his album cover for Crush On You. I also didn’t want to bundle up too much just in case it got really warm once I got inside – so I left my scarf and hoodie in the hotel. I was starting to regret it in the line – it was very very cold out there, and I was out there for an hour and a half.
I was in the last third of people being let into the show, so I was worried about not getting a good view, but I got a nice standing spot by the back stairs where I could at least see the stage and all that happened on it. The downside being that people need to use the stairs so I got shoved aside a lot, but it didn’t bother me too much. I was quite good at not being bothered – life, and this concert, is far too short for me to be bothered by elbows and phones blocking the way.
As I have mentioned, I don’t know his whole discography by heart, but I did hope he would perform ‘A Little Bit’ and ‘I Fancy You’ from his first album, and those were the two tracks he did first! He also performed his other hits like ‘Hug Me’, ‘Oasis’ and ‘Woo-Ah’. I managed to follow along with the fan chants – I think his songs are especially easy to follow in that sense.
He was very lovely in between songs, conversing with the audience in Korean and some English. He even wrote a letter in English and read it out to us. I know next to no Korean and now… I really want to learn more for any future gigs I go to!
Then things got really real. I think anyone who is a fan of Crush knows about Dean, yeah? Like they know Zico (everyone knows Zico) and Millic (who DJ’d for Crush on the night). I like Dean’s music, ’21’ is my favourite song by him. But yeah, anyway, Dean showed up for a couple of songs and the crowd went absolutely batsh*t crazy. Including me. In the words of a fellow Tweeter, the atmosphere went from 1000% to 2000%.
(May I also just mention I had no clue what Dean looked like until that night? Don’t ask me how, but I was very surprised by the added perfection he graced the stage with.)
This is only the second concert I’ve ever been to. My first was 2NE1 in Ho Chi Minh City in 2014 (so I can now brag that I got to see them live before they disbanded, sigh) but at the time I only had a bad phone camera to hand and the only photo evidence I got of them on stage was very blurry. This time, I had a better phone with a better camera, but at my distance in that lighting, you can’t really make out the details of Crush’s face, and I couldn’t catch one of Dean’s, either.
All in all, it was a fantastic night that makes me feel really giddy and happy. My feet killed after standing for hours in heeled boots that I am still grateful for because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to see, but that was nothing that a night in the next-door Travelodge couldn’t solve.
(I made it into the group photo taken at the end, too! I’m on the left right where that white glare of light is, somewhere under the exit sign! I’m really annoyed! You can just see my red jacket arm sticking out of the glare.)
Thanks for reading!