Enhypen launches its first “Manifesto” world tour


Boy group Enhypen perform on their first world tour, “Manifesto,” in Seoul on Saturday. (Belift Laboratory)

Like the way hyphens connect differently to create new meanings, Enhypen was formed in September 2020 through the television competition “I-Land”. True to their words, the boy band filled the 4,000-seat venue on Saturday night to mark the start of their first world tour, “Manifesto.”

A sign in the LEDs of “Enhypen World Tour Manifesto” beckoned Engenes, the band’s official fandom, who flocked to the Olympic Handball Gym in SK. And as the lights of the sold-out arena dimmed at 6 p.m., visitors bristled with excitement as colorful glow sticks and loud fan chants filled the two-story venue, signaling the moment to which they had aspired.

Saturday’s concert was a packed two-hour surprise. The seven band members went through a jaw-dropping set of 16 songs that were inspired by their greatest hits and prepared two encore performances to bring joy to fans.

Under the spotlight, Enhypen opened the first of their two days of live sessions in Seoul by stepping out of pod capsules.

Boy band Enhypen perform on their first world tour,

Boy group Enhypen perform on their first world tour, “Manifesto,” in Seoul on Saturday. (Belift Laboratory)

Enhypen burst onto the scene and quickly opened with “Walk the Line” and “Given-Taken”. Dressed in white shirts and blazers over black pants and boots, the seven band members heard what was probably the loudest fan chant the band had experienced since their debut.

As the second intro song built to a climax, strobe lights and pyrotechnics came out, adding more liveliness to the night. The concert then turned into a majestic nocturnal splendor. “I think we’ve been looking for each other every day” came from Jake’s microphone, and purple lasers beamed across the room as the music for “Flicker” appeared.

After the concert ended, Jung-won took the mic to greet Engenes. “Welcome to Enhypen’s first world tour,” he told fans in person for the first time in two years.

Boy band Enhypen perform on their first world tour,

Boy group Enhypen perform on their first world tour, “Manifesto,” in Seoul on Saturday. (Belift Laboratory)

“Today’s dress code is blue, but I just spotted an orange right here!” he smiles too.

Now donning denim jackets, Enhypen shone as a collective and connected with fans through “Not For Sale + Let Me In (20 Cube).”

The genre group turned into idols for “TFW (That Feeling When).” When Ni-ki sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, the fascinated fans were thrilled. And as the track reached the climax, fans sang “that feeling when we” as the confetti cannons exploded.

Followed by a tender version of “Upper Side Dreamin'” and “Mixed Up”, Enhypen added a pinch of romantic vibe to the evening as the stage transformed into Californian palm-lined streets.

The stage then became a haunted house for “Drunk-Dazed” as the group exited the horror set wearing red shirts.

The rookie K-pop phenom continued to take over the spotlight with an exclusive “One In A Billion” performance and continued the spooky vibe with Jake’s solo dance break at the end.

“I was a little nervous about my solo scene, but I did my best,” Jake grinned from ear to ear.

Boy band Enhypen perform on their first world tour,

Boy group Enhypen perform on their first world tour, “Manifesto,” in Seoul on Saturday. (Belift Laboratory)

The fan chants continued into “Fever” as they called out each of the band members’ names – an experience they had clearly missed during the pandemic.

The K-pop act turned to high school kids for “Attention, please!” as they took the stage in their school uniforms. Jung-won hinted that the group had prepared something for Engenes worldwide, and the live session was indeed captivating.

The band teased a snippet of what their upcoming world tour would look like by live-streaming the performance on Weverse. One lucky fan received an autographed balloon as part of Enhypen’s special event during the concert.

Later, the LED display turned to a Polaroid theme as “It’s like polaroid love” came from the speakers. The band members moved closer to fans in the standing area during “Polaroid Love” and “Just A Little Bit” to exchange eye contact.

Boy band Enhypen perform on their first world tour,

Boy group Enhypen perform on their first world tour, “Manifesto,” in Seoul on Saturday. (Belift Laboratory)

“There will be more opportunities where we can sing in front of Engenes. Will you be with us? Jake asked, to a resounding chorus of “Yes!”

“Do you have the energy to revel in our spirit?” Jung-won asked. The stage turned into a tennis court as Jake’s “We go” whistled the start of “Blessed-Cursed” and the band exited the stage elevator.

But Jung-won wanted more frenzy. Enhypen synced fans via “Go Big or Go Home,” as Jung-won asked everyone to stand up and jump. Lead dancer Ni-ki was at the helm during the chorus as the fireworks were calibrated with the finely tuned choreography.

Boy band Enhypen perform on their first world tour,

Boy group Enhypen perform on their first world tour, “Manifesto,” in Seoul on Saturday. (Belift Laboratory)

As the last song ended, tears welled up in Sunoo’s eyes and he thanked the fans for an unforgettable memory to cherish. Hee-seung added to Sunoo’s statement, “I look forward to the things we will do in the future.”

The show ended with “Future Perfect (Pass the Mic)”, the band’s last song released in July, and encore performances of “ParadoXXX Invasion” and “Shout Out”, as the band came on stage wearing T-shirts with “Manifesto” written on them.

Enhypen kicked off their first world tour on Saturday. The band then travels to the United States and Japan for live sessions in nine cities.

By Park Jun-hee ([email protected])

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