Day6 Defy Gravity at the Novo

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Vanessa Su
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Wrapping up an impressive world tour for their latest album The Book of Us: Gravity, Korean band Day6 stopped by Los Angeles to perform in the Novo for their adoring American fans on Sept. 28-29. Under the management of popular entertainment company JYP Entertainment, the band continues to break records and boasts numerous music awards under their belt, including Band Music Award from the 2018 MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards and Best Band Award from the 2019 M2 X Genie Music Awards.  

As one of the rare Korean pop groups that write and produce the majority of their own songs, Day6 is made up of members Sungjin, Jae, Young K, Wonpil, and Dowoon. The band is known for incorporating a vast variety of instruments into their songs, including guitar, bass, piano, drums, and electric guitar, while also experimenting with vintage and pop influences.

Roughly twenty minutes away from downtown L.A., the Novo provides generous seating and has special balconies and accessible seats for fans with disabilities. With multiple digital screens, the venue guarantees fans a clear view of the performance and artist from all angles. For this specific concert, the venue relied on mellow blue lighting that paired well with the graphics on the screen that displayed song lyrics as the band performed.  

Before the show started promptly at 7:30 p.m., murmurs of excitement drifted through the crowd as fans eagerly awaited Day6 to grace the stage. An intro video started playing on the big screen to signal the members’ entrance, and fans erupted into screams as each member came on stage carrying their respective instruments. 

The band began their set by playing new tracks from their latest album, The Book of Us: Gravity, the whole stadium shook with excitement as the band played “Best Part” and “Time of Our Life” before launching into “Sing Me” from their second EP, Daydream. Throughout the entire concert, the band never stopped smiling as fans sang along with them. The band was clearly grateful for the support and endless cheering of their fans.

After playing a few songs, the band paused the performance as Jae took the mic, announcing, “We got a lot for you guys,” before playfully teasing the crowd by screaming “Are you ready?”

The band played more all-time favorites such as “Congratulations” and “Letting Go” before Jae paused the set to encourage fans to put down their phones and enjoy the performance in front of them instead of focusing on recording videos. 

Before ending the set, Day6 sat down on stage and had an emotional talk with their fans, speaking about their struggles writing music and how grateful they were to be able to perform in Jae’s hometown of Los Angeles. Sharing a tender moment with the fans, Jae’s family was also present in the audience, filming every part of the show they could and yelling out his name whenever Jae took the mic. 

The concert as a whole contained a lot of high energy as the band gave it their all on stage and fans screamed to their hearts’ content. Their ability to showcase their vibrant musicality and connect with their fans allowed for the concert to exude tenderness throughout the night, giving both the band and their fans an unforgettable, heartwarming experience.    

After wrapping up their world tour, Day6 plan to prepare for their next album and are gearing up to come back soon. All their fans are awaiting their new music and are excited to see what kind of new music genres they will venture next. 

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Vanessa Su is a second-year student majoring in Communication and minoring in Japanese. She is originally from Fremont, California, and loves traveling to new, unfamiliar places. She enjoys finding new musical artists, working out, and meeting new people wherever she goes.”

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