On October 27, South Korean legendary singer Lim Young Woong kicked off his IM HERO TOUR 2023 at the Seoul KSPO Dome, leaving a lasting impression not just with his performances but also with the thoughtful arrangements made for his predominantly elderly fanbase.
The concert hall was equipped with 12 large screens hung up to ensure everyone had a clear view of the stage, regardless of where they were seated. This particular setup was appreciated by many, especially those with poorer vision, as it eliminated blind spots in the 360-degree seating area.
Additionally, the venue was staffed with safety personnel who guided fans through the dimly lit concert hall with flashlights. There were also staff members stationed from the concert hall to nearby subway stations to ensure everyone could return home safely. For those accompanied by family, designated waiting areas were set up for non-audience members. These arrangements are estimated to have cost millions of Wons, underlining a significant investment aimed at enhancing the concert experience for fans.
The positive buzz generated by Lim Young Woong’s concert has spurred a fierce discussion among K-Pop fans, who are now demanding similar attention to detail from other entertainment companies. Fans were quick to praise the singer’s initiative on social media, appreciating the effort to prioritize fan satisfaction over profit.
I know we make jokes about his fan base but taking into consideration the accessibility needs of the fans that have made him so successful is dope as hell https://t.co/eXiXn5GN8m
— 2hyun2furious 🐅🦋 (@disastergayrene) October 31, 2023
making concerts more accessible for every person, no matter the age (because not being able to see doesn't just apply to older ppl anyway lol), is what every artist should strive for tbh .. he's always so admirable https://t.co/8V6ixH3JIA
— 승협 LOVER mr. pie 🐶💧 (@jaengpurin) October 31, 2023
The innovative stage setup, additional staff for safety, and sensible pricing are now being seen as a new standard for how concerts should be organized.
exo should do this for their 2056 world tour https://t.co/DVybwaJnBr
— ˚ʚ♡ɞ˚ (@kyoongfairy) October 30, 2023
bts saying they gon be making music even at 80yo…this gon be us at that 2075 tour😭 https://t.co/ImTEOi3Bgi
— outroseokss⁷ (ꪜ) ³ᴰ (@callmebyyourjin) October 30, 2023
— Gloria 💚🔗💎 (@BamJWahgase) October 31, 2023
The impact of Lim Young Woong’s concert has resonated well beyond his fan community, leading to a broader conversation about the quality of concert experiences. K-Pop fans are challenging their idols’ agencies to step up and provide a level of service and care that matches or exceeds what was witnessed at the IM HERO TOUR 2023.
— ñ (@yerenesaries) October 31, 2023
This is not about only older fans but all people who visit concert with big venue should do this too because seat far from stage it hard to see artists too❤️ he so thoughtful and kind to his fans❤️ Lim YoungWoong the best artist ❤️ https://t.co/8Krau1UJIa
— pen ny (@nypen533) October 31, 2023
The reverberations from Lim Young Woong’s concert are loud and clear. Fans have tasted a level of consideration and engagement that they now yearn for across the board. The call for entertainment companies to up their game is a reflection of a growing expectation for better, more thoughtful concert experiences.
can everyone start doing this plz https://t.co/I8zXkrp30r
— sammy ★ (@noskzps) October 30, 2023
I NEED EVERY SINGLE IDOL GROUP AND COMPANY TO TAKE NOTE https://t.co/VFpVMDmeDb
— Seyi (@cb97Iife) October 30, 2023
This is not merely about lavish stage designs or star-studded line-ups, but about creating an environment where fans feel valued and their needs are anticipated. The ball is now in the court of entertainment companies, who are under the spotlight to respond to these raised standards.