Last Day But Still Plenty of Music To Enjoy: Pentaport Day Three

Sunday’s Pentaport Stage opened with a beautiful performance by Peterpan Complex. Jihan Jeon connected immediately with the crowd with his creative dancing. This proved to be especially true during “First Love” as he struck the pose of the accompanying video playing on the big screens and danced his way through the haunting melody.

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Over on the Dream Stage, Janabi ended their set with a powerful cover of “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes. Fromm followed and was met with a small number of spectators because of scheduling delays on the Pentaport Stage. But that didn’t stop her from delivering a solid set of soulful alternative pop rock as more people slowly began to arrive. Backed by a full band, the singer-songwriter’s melodies carried well through the hangar-style Dream Stage area.

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Japanese band Spyair’s energetic performance on the Pentaport Stage was a definite highlight of the day. The guitarists had blocks up at the front of the stage upon which they climbed atop of to shred, much to the crowd’s delight. Vocalist Ike ran all over the stage and out in the lanes set up through the audience allowing him to better connect with all in attendance. He was very appreciative of the crowd and clearly impressed. And speaking a few phrases in Korean definitely helped further endear him to everyone.

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The Koxx was up next on the Pentaport Stage and sounded great on tracks like “Oriental Girl” and “Trouble Maker.”  Frontman Hyunsong Lee’s played with fantastic energy and the audience loved the streamers that exploded from the stage towards the end of their set.

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Two Door Cinema Club kept the good times going on the Pentaport Stage by opening with a pair of fan favorites from 2010’s “Tourist History,” “Cigarettes in the Theatre” and “Undercover Martyn.” The band graciously limited lesser known new tracks from their upcoming “Gameshow” album to just a few in the middle, leaving plenty of room for the older tracks people were more familiar with. Overall, the simple stage setup of large digital displays rounding out the back of the band and well constructed set left the audience energized and happy.

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British act The Vaccines were tasked with closing out the Dream Stage. Lead singer Justin Young shed his guitar and gestated emotionally with wild eyes throughout “Wetsuit” from 2011’s “What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?” His stage presence throughout the show was strong but met with mixed reactions from the crowd due largely to his intensity and seriousness. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, The Vaccines still turned in a moving set with enigmatic vocals and lots of raw energy.

Pentaport Stage headliners Panic! at the Disco started things off with “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” from their latest album, “Death of a Bachelor,” before launching into the well-received “Vegas Lights” off of 2013’s “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” Vocalist Brendon Urie was very thankful throughout the concert and told everyone how he had been trying to come to Korea for 11 years. Finally receiving his wish, he and his backing players wowed all with an excellent cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was delivered with great passion, and to their credit, only a few notes were a touch off.  More covers surfaced later with a playful medley of Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” before Panic! at the Disco wrapped things up with their biggest hit, “Victorious.”

Those who caught the last shuttle buses for the night had the chance to enjoy local heroes Love X Stereo on the Cass Blue Stage before leaving. Anchored by Annie Ko’s powerful vocals, the Seoul band sounded fantastic. They even brought in Hongdae drummer extraordinaire JD Lee to work the computer and add some drums and then were joined by Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio’s Jinkyu Kim on guitar towards the end of their set. It was an awesome way to end a great weekend of music out in Incheon!

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