On 18th August (Saturday), roughly 7000 Malaysian K-pop fans gathered at Malawati Stadium, Shah Alam just to get a glimpse of their favourite idols at Mcall’s K-Wave 3 Music Festival. After all, many of them have been patiently waiting for the company’s 3rd instalment since its surprise announcement earlier this year.

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In case you’ve missed it, the highly-anticipated event featured 7 jaw-dropping Korean acts – WJSN (also known as Cosmic Girls), Jeong Sewoon, AOA, BOYFRIEND, EXID, Monsta X, and FT Island.

As most K-pop fans know, most of their idols departed for home not long after the concert. So it was no surprise that K-Wave 3 started on time at 8pm. The first act saw WJSN lip-syncing to hits such as “Dreams Come True” and “Starry Moment”. Although their time on stage was short, the Korean-Chinese girl group managed to wow the crowd with their cute and bubbly energy.

Immediately after WJSN left the stage, fans were treated to Jeong Sewoon’s sweet voice. Although he was marked as a shy boy during his time on “Produce 101” season 2, the young solo artist showed a great deal of confidence and charisma – particularly when he sang “Just U”. It was definitely a side of him we were surprised to see.

Following Jeong Sewoon’s performance, AOA appeared with their highly-addictive “Bingle Bangle” and “Excuse Me”. During the girls’ interview session, they revealed that they were a member short as Mina was receiving treatment in the hospital. But nonetheless, the group still gave a stunning performance.

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While we enjoyed “Bing Bing” and “Like A Cat”, we (and the rest of the crowd) were super excited when AOA sang “Mini Skirt”. And before leaving the stage, the sexy girl group gave us a “Heart Attack” – if you know what we mean 😉

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Next up was BOYFRIEND’s turn to take over the stage. Consisting of 6 handsome and talented members, the group impressed us with “Star”, “Obsession”, “I’ll Be There”, as well as their iconic “I Yah”. To the disappointment of many fans, the boy’s set list only included 4 songs.

Nevertheless, the mood picked right up when EXID stepped on stage to perform their 2018 hit “Lady”. At first we were shocked to see only 3 members – Hani, LE, and Jeonghwa, but then vocalist Hyelin came running to the group after a slight mishap.

Apparently, she wasn’t able to draw the curtains open during her entrance. “I wanted to make a cool entrance but the curtains got stuck,” explained the star. It’s funny to know that celebrities make mistakes too, don’t you agree?

After EXID exited the stage, Monsta X made a dramatic entrance with “DRAMARAMA”. Needless to say, the crowd went wild.

Unlike their sunbaes BOYFRIEND’s (who is also from Starship) blue-themed outfits, all 7 members were dressed in a charismatic all-white ensemble. Member Wonho especially caught our attention with his ultra-sexy deep V top.

The group proceeded to perform “From Zero”, “White Love”, “Be Quiet”, and “Special”. They ended their high-energy stage with a bang through “Jealousy”.

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Last but not least, it was FT Island’s turn to shine. The rock band – who recently released their Japanese album “Planet Bonds” – kicked off with “Pray”. While we loved a live band, the music volume was too loud and it overpowered lead singer Lee Hongki’s vocals, making it hard for the audience to hear what he was singing. Luckily, things got better afterwards.

The band continued to blow our minds away with crowd pleasers such as “Out of Love”, “Summer Night Dream”, and “Take Me Now”. For fans who were anticipating older hits like “Love Sick” and “Hello Hello”, you’d be highly disappointed as FT Island decided to go full on rock that night.

K-Wave 3 Music Festival

Perhaps we’ll get to hear it when they return for a full concert? “We will definitely come back for our own solo concert where we will prepare something even more exciting for you,” said FT Island’s vocalist, Lee Hongki, told the crowd of screaming fans.

All in all, it was a successful event that saw many wonderful acts and satisfied fans. We are honestly looking forward to see what Mcall has installed for us next 🙂

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Estee Ang
Love new experiences and the colour purple. Did I also mention that I am obsessed with K-pop as much as I am with food?