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IU delights fans in first-ever Jakarta concert

Arsi Agnitasari

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, December 30, 2019  /  04:58 pm
IU delights fans in first-ever Jakarta concert

A moment to remember: A fan takes photos in front of IU's giant banner at the singer's "Love, Poem" concert in Jakarta on Dec. 29. (JP/Arsi Agnitasari)

K-pop boy and girl groups have come and gone this decade, but solo singer IU remains one of the most prominent singers in the industry.

Following six concert performances across Korea, IU brought her “Love, Poem” tour to Indonesia on Dec. 28 and 29.

Saya menepati janji untuk datang kesini [I keep my promise to come here],” said IU in Indonesian during the opening of the Dec. 29 concert held at Tennis Indoor Senayan, Central Jakarta.

“Love, Poem” marked IU’s first-ever concert in Indonesia since her debut in 2008. She shared that she included the country in her tour after reading a comment by one of her avid Indonesian fans on the singer's Instagram post last year, which read "Come to Indonesia please."


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“I came here because of her comment. Thank you for inviting me. Please don’t cry,” she said on stage, noticing the Indonesian fan who happened to be attending the second show in Jakarta and had taken along a huge banner with the comment displayed on it.

Last night she performed most, if not all, of her hit singles, including "Friday", "Palette" and "Bbi-bbi". Long-time fans were also able to enjoy her 2010 and 2011 hits, namely "Good Day" and "You & I". Celebrating her acting career, IU also performed songs from the Hotel de Luna soundtrack.

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“I keep thinking what special stage to bring in this last stop of my tour. So I did this,” IU said in reference to the hilarious dance performance for "Last Night Story" with her bodyguards and the special dance part for her latest single "Blueming".

IU was at her best throughout the 3.5-hour live performance. She talked a lot in Indonesian during the concert, even using slang such as mantul (an abbreviation of mantap betul meaning "awesome") and gokil (Jakarta slang for "crazy") to praise her fans’ singing. She was also thoughtful by displaying her lyrics transliterated into the roman alphabet, so her Indonesian fans could sing along.

As usual, she also performed a double encore at the concert. The first encore was well planned as she gave the hint to shout encore 5 minutes after the last song. The second encore was unpredictable as IU is known to use the opportunity to perform songs requested by her fans.

“I sing this song in Korea; I never thought I would sing it again in this last concert,” she said, referring to fan favorites "Dear Name" and "Someday". Her Indonesian fans also got to enjoy "Leon", "Ending Scene" and "Heart" performed as the concert's closing songs.

Even after singing a total of seven encore songs, IU later wrote on her Instagram Story that “She should’ve sung more songs in the encore.”

The “Love, Poem” tour ended in Jakarta. In total, IU has performed 15 shows, including her first-ever concert in Manila, the Philippines. 

“Thank you for making my last concert so happy. I will come here again," she told her concertgoers. (kes)

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