K-pop idols Big Bang meet Hong Kong fans
Fans to get a bang out of Valentine's weekend
This Saturday, May Leung will join hundreds of others at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, clutching in her hand a camera phone while jostling for a vantage point to glimpse three members of Korean boy band Big Bang.
The ticket for the 90-minute show cost her HK$1,580 (top-priced ticket), but it gets her up close with G-Dragon, Seungri and Taeyang. For the 27-year-old, it's worth every cent.
"Big Bang are energetic and dynamic on stage and their performances really distinguish themselves from other boy groups," says Leung.
She has been following the band's career since their 2006 debut, and is a HKVIP - the official name of a local Big Bang fan.
"When they came here two years ago, I arrived at the concert venue two days early to make sure I got the best position in the standing zone nearest to the stage."
Leung is particularly eager to meet G-Dragon, the band's leader, rapper and her favourite singer, at the upcoming fan meeting because she thinks he has a captivating stage presence and that he communicates directly with her through his singing.
Regarded as one of the hottest K-pop exports, Big Bang have long had a large following in this city - when they performed here for the first time in 2012, tickets were snapped up in minutes.
They are the only Korean Idol group to have performed three sell-out shows here, a record that has yet to be surpassed.
According to Ellen Kong, director of ELF Asia, which is organising this Saturday's event, it is almost impossible to bring all the band members for a fans gathering because of their tight collective and individual work schedules.
"We understand that many of the Big Bang fans ... not only want to see the fabulous performance of the boys on stage - they are also eager to know more about the members, to hear their views and feelings and, most importantly, to see them up close," she says.
"The event is organised to meet their demands."
One might think the majority of Big Bang's fans are female, but the quintet's success in the style stakes means they have also attracted a significant male following.
"I always like G-Dragon's hairstyle, it keeps changing and it is original. Sometimes it's even beyond our imagination," says fan and hairdresser Kelvin Chui.
"Some of my clients would just ask me to do what G-Dragon does. He's a daring trendsetter and that makes him unique."
"Be My Valentine" Fan Meeting Show in Hong Kong, Feb 15, 8pm, HKCEC Hall 5BC, Wan Chai, HK$480-HK$1,580, HK Ticketing. Inquiries: 3128 8288