South Korean singer-songwriter Shaun was the first act for the second night of the two-day Sundown Festival.
So there’s inevitably some pressure for him to get the crowd bouncing. And he needs to set the tone right for the rest of the line-up, which includes Mandopop powerhouse singer Jam Hsiao and Dutch-Moroccan DJ R3HAB.
He showed up at the DJ deck at 7.45 pm, 15 minutes after the scheduled start of the show.
The 33-year-old artist then played some introductory beats, before leading the crowd along to raise their hands and bounce along to his mix periodically. Festival-goers were mostly a zealous bunch, responding to his various cues fervently.
The set saw laser beam projections, and strobe lights which pulsated to his high-octane performance.
In between his DJ set, Shaun made time to speak to local fans present at the show, held at Pasir Panjang Power Station.
“It’s been over ten years since I visited Singapore,” he said. He also sang high praises of the city-state: “This city, it’s so beautiful, (and there are) beautiful people”.
He was almost going to depart after an approximately hour-long performance.
But fans weren’t ready for it, and most of them looked appalled. It’s because most were eager to hear him sing his addictive earworms live.
Fortunately, he did.
He first served up Bad Habits (2019), before Don’t Let Me Know (2022), which saw some technical faults. But from the first row of the moshpit, I could hear his vocals clearly, even without the aid of a microphone.
“Have you heard (of this song called) Way Back Home (2018)?” he asked.
Shaun was met with deafening screams and cheers. Visibly surprised, he took a step back before presenting his explosive finalé performance.