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Monday, November 26, 2012

[NEWS] SMTOWN World Tour 3 in Singapore: SMTOWN’s Wet and Wild Night in Singapore

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SMTOWN’s Wet and Wild Night in Singapore

Touted as the concert of the year, the highly anticipated SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Singapore proved to be a record-breaking feat. Last night, the first ever commercial concert to be held at the Floating Platform kicked off to a 24,000-strong crowd.

With a total production value of more than S$5 million, and a stage set-up which took 96 hours to complete, the concert which featured some of the biggest names in K-pop proved to be nothing short of spectacular, as expected of SM Entertainment's standard.

The popularity of KangTa, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x) and EXO are unmistakable as it was earlier reported that the queue for the free-standing moshpits began as early as one week before the concert, and the fans did not go home disappointed.

Though one of the big screens failed to work halfway through the concert and never did recover, and though the lightings seemed mismanaged during certain songs such as Super Junior's Superman, it is the artistes' energy and dedication to their craft that made up for everything that was lacking technical-wise.

Pyrotechnics such as laser lights, revolving stages, water elements and mobile carts that carried the artistes around the huge concert venue have always been the highlight of SM Entertainment's concerts. Combined performances by artistes from different groups like the Dance Battle are a hit with the fans as usual. It was a sight to behold, as the lightsicks of different colours (representing different fan clubs) filled the venue in neon rainbow shades.

Just as the idols were thankful for the downpour which subsided before the show, it started raining heavily towards the last six songs of the concert. The artistes were drenched but they still tried their best to sing and dance on the slippery stage, and the fans were soaked to the knees despite their ponchos but few chose to leave.

It was one touching moment as all the artistes came on stage for the finale song Hope, when the rain suddenly became a drizzle and eventually came to a halt, and the die-hard fans were rewarded with plenty of fan-service and splendid fireworks display.

Rain or shine an event it was, with the artistes giving their all and the fans giving their support to their idols until the very end of the concert.

Written by: Dang Hui Ling
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SMTown, S'pore's biggest K-pop event, $2.5m stage, fireworks, water fountains

Pyrotechnics plus fire flames, 64 canisters of confetti, fountains shooting water up to 8m high are some of the highlights of SMTown Live in Singapore at The Float @ Marina Bay this Friday.

It is the SMTown Live World Tour III, showcasing artists under top Korean label S.M. Entertainment. The tour is coming here for the first time and it is the biggest ever K-pop concert to be staged in Singapore.

The four-hour, multi-act concert being staged here at a cost of $5 million will feature performances by iconic Korean acts including Super Junior and Girls' Generation.

Running Into The Sun's creative director Beatrice Chia-Richmond, who was also the creative director of last year's National Day Parade, says "both events are similar in scale, (involving) massive staging, effort, excitement and, of course, time taken".

As for the floating platform that SMTown Live will perform on, and the scene of many a nation-building moment, it is the world's largest floating stage at 120m long and 83m wide. The platform has been used for National Day parades since 2007 and also has a 27,000-seat gallery.

Out of 23,000 tickets that went on sale, only 1,000 remain, priced at $218 and $168. Top-tier tickets for the 4,000-capacity mosh pits, along with VIP and premier gallery seats, have sold out.

The stage set-up alone costs half of the total production value of $5 million.

At least 96 hours are needed to set up the stage, with equipment coming from Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea.

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The setting up of the stage for this Friday's SMTown Kpop concert, at the floating platform. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

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The setting up of the stage for this Friday's SMTown Kpop concert, at the floating platform. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Source: Straits Times
Written by: Rachel Boon
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