Photos from SB19’s official Facebook page
The sight outside Cuneta Astrodome is something you would usually see hours before a K-Pop concert. Fans are lined up holding banners and lightsticks (both official and unofficial), some are chatting excitedly about the performance they’re looking forward to, while others are taking selfies, documenting a memorable day.
The same would be mistaken when you arrive at the concert venue. As the lights dim, cheers echo throughout the venue, and fans turn on their lightsticks to blanket the venue with a blue ocean.
The thing is, it’s not a K-Pop concert—it’s P-Pop male idol group SB19.
A form of thanks
The moment SB19 went viral for their dance practice video of their second single, “Go Up,” I breathed a sigh in relief, knowing that people finally saw something special.
Since then, they have enjoyed massive popularity—from topping local charts and trending topics to being featured internationally. Malls are packed with fans every time they would go on a local mall tour, and fans (called A’TIN) would mobilize everything they can to make sure the boys get enough exposure.
SB19’s Get in the Zone nationwide tour is the group’s way of thanking A’TIN for staying with them—whether they were there before their debut or the moment they went viral. Their Manila concert is their last stop for 2019 before they go on full force in 2020.
Simple yet thrilling performances
With only a year after their debut and with only a few official songs under their discography, one would wonder how would SB19 sustain the excitement of A’TIN.
SB19 performed their hit songs “Go Up” and “Tilaluha” and teased A’TIN present at Cuneta Astrodome with a full performance of their upcoming single “Alab.” They also performed songs that have yet to be officially released but ones they have performed in mall shows and other events—“Love Goes” and “Wag Mong Ikunot Ang Iyong Noo.”
They also thrilled A’TIN with a medley of iKON songs, a tribute perhaps to their roots of participating in dance cover groups before they became ShowBT trainees.
The solo performances were also a highlight of the concert, giving the members free rein to perform what they want. Justin sang “Paano Na Kaya,” his audition song for SB Talent Camp; Ken did an acoustic rendition of Daniel Caesar’s “Best Part;” Stell made fans jealous when he serenaded a lucky A’TIN with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow;” Josh danced to The Greatest Showman’s soundtrack; and Sejun performed an original rap song.
From the people who made it possible
Aside from SB19, a few more guests performed during the concert. SB Talent Camp’s musical ensemble, Narra, opened the show with a TWICE-ITZY medley. BIG MAN flew from Korea to show off his beatboxing skills.
Hongganda, SB19’s teacher, took a few minutes on stage to perform Yeng Constantino’s “Salamat” and BLACKPINK’s “Stay.” At the end of each performance, she told A’TIN to continue supporting SB19.
Things got emotional when Tatang Robin came to the stage to thank everyone for coming to the concert. The man who spent four years building SB19 to who they are today choked on his words when he thanked his mother and wife, who flew from Korea to watch the concert.
He shared a hug with SB19 after the group played a short video, thanking him for supporting them for the past four years.
Of course, they will never forget A’TIN. Throughout the concert, SB19 thanked A’TIN, their source of strength and inspiration. Stell mentioned that thanks to their fans, he had learned to love himself.
A’TIN, in returned, voiced out their thanks to the group for being their source of strength and inspiration, in return.
SB19’s concert spanned almost three hours, which was surprising for a group that had debuted a year ago. Then again, the group continues to surprise people, and this concert is proof that they have a long, promising career ahead of them.
With the majority of their nationwide tour happening in 2020, and with a new single on the way, we’re excited to see what SB19 has in store for us next.
We would like to thank ShowBT Philippines for inviting us to cover the concert!