The 2016 Dream Concert is in the books and K-pop summer has begun!

With around 25,000 people packed into World Cup Stadium, the Dream Concert was as crowded as expected.

With 30 idol groups in the lineup for this year's edition, fans were sure to see some of their favorites perform!

Here are some afterthoughts of this year's concert:

  • Foreigners made their presence felt in this concert.
  • The girls' bathrooms were so packed. The line was like an hour long. I felt bad for the ladies who attended the concert and had to "go."
  • Mamamoo proved to be a big hit with all fandoms.

  • Girlfriend and Lovelyz are girl groups that may shift the whole K-pop girl group direction to the "girl next door" concept. This concept is what J-pop has mastered over the past ten years with AKB48 and Morning Musume.
  • I.O.I, the Produce 101 darlings, performed in the middle of the concert and were a big crowd favorite. Their song "Pick Me" was sung by nearly the entire audience!
  • Woohyun (Infinite) and Taemin (SHINee) were crowd favorites.

  • The B1A4 fandom (BANAs) was really cool and polite. They cheered even non-B1A4 groups often. Much props to them!
  • T-ara did not get any applause, as their bullying scandal destroyed their career. This is despite the fact that according to many sources, the bullying scandal was severely overblown/false.
  • EXO fans lost their marbles when EXO performed. Some even swarmed the press areas, disobeyed the concert security, and tried to steal my spot in the press area (merp)!

<h3>To Learn More...</h3>

For those of you who want to learn more about the Dream Concert, I actually did a beginner's guide to the Dream concert here.

For a slew of photos from the concert, here's our photo gallery!

If any of you guys attended this year's Dream Concert, I'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below!!


Jason Yu covers the Korean music industry as foreign media in Seoul, Korea. He currently runs a site called Popsori, where he wants to get past gossip and go more in-depth with Kpop. When he's not listening to Kpop or watching eSports, he's dissecting movies in a fun and educational way at Asian Filmist.