Hundreds of people gathered at the Lincoln Center outdoor concert hall in Manhattan, New York, the USA, on the evening of Sunday, the 15th (local time). They came here to watch the first K-Pop performance, ‘K-Pop Disco Fever’, at Lincoln Center.
This performance, co-hosted by Lincoln Center and the Korean Cultural Center in New York, was one of the official programs of ‘Restart Stage’ to commemorate New York’s economy’s reopening. Gamma Vibe, a Korean female DJ active in the Brooklyn area, and professional K-pop dancers went on stage and performed the music of K-pop singers such as BTS, Black Pink, Twice, and Psy for an hour.
The audience was primarily young people in their 20s and 30s, but sometimes the elderly also visited the theater. Diego Ramirez, a young man I met that day, said, “I originally like a K-pop group called Everglow. K-pop is full of energy, fun and excites people.” Fans stood in a circle to the music and imitated the group’s actual dance moves. Many fans sang along to the Korean lyrics quite well. A female fan who came with acquaintances shouted and cheered when the BTS song came out at the end of the performance.
As cheerful music resounded around Lincoln Center, which was usually quiet, passersby stopped for a while to listen to the music. Some people found out about the performance late and couldn’t get a ticket before asking for admission on the spot.