It’s hard to believe that rookie group ATEEZ, not even a year since their debut, are already making a global mark. With a sold-out American and Europe tour under their belts, the 8-membered ATEEZ are definitely standing out. Initially under the name ‘KQ Fellas’, the boys first gained attention through their dance performance videos on YouTube. Recently ATEEZ continued ‘The Expedition Tour’ (their first tour) in Australia with shows in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Last Sunday, ATEEZ brought their show to Sydney’s door with a powerful performance at Luna Park. Before the show began, two dance covers by Australian dance groups were played, a nice nod to Australian fans and their talented fanbase. Soon after, the group’s intro song played, a string-based piece that felt akin to Pirates of the Caribbean. Members Hongjoong, Seonghwa, Yunho, Yeosang, San, Mingi, Wooyoung and Jongho then appeared on stage. Opening their first Australian tour with Pirate King, they continued their pirate theme with this hard-hitting song and started the night with a bang.
The boys showed off their tight choreography and strong stage presence with high energy, Western style songs such as Desire, Say My Name, Treasure, Illusion and HALA HALA, which is my personal favourite song (the dance and song are a powerful combination). Despite two members being unwell, Seonghwa, who sat down for a portion of the show (he joined in again at the end of the show despite the company advising against it) and Mingi, who had also been feeling unwell, ATEEZ powered through and included their seated member wherever they could. This was a display of professionalism of their part, and both Seonghwa and Mingi participated the entire show, interacting with fans and giving it their all.