FORMULA ONE SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX CONCERTS
BigBang, last Friday, Padang
The Killers, last Saturday, Padang
On the race track, the Formula One cars completed their laps faster than ever.
In front of the main Padang Stage, the fans too were turbocharged, especially the supporters of South Korean megaband BigBang.
The 35,000-strong audience last Friday night for the Seoul-based quintet were about half the size of that for American band The Killers last Saturday, but the K-pop lovers made up for their smaller numbers with the intensity of their vocal support.
Visually, one could not miss them either, despite the allure of the gorgeously lit-up Marina Bay area - many of the BigBang fans thronged the venue each armed with the band's official yellow light stick.
As soon as the big screens blasted a video of the band's infectiously catchy tune Fantastic Baby, the audience of mostly teenage girls were jumping and screaming their lungs out.
Tireless, too, were the five-member group, aged 22 to 25. G-Dragon, T.O.P, Daesung, Taeyang and Seungri never stopped working the crowds and walking to all ends of the T-shaped stage to get close to the fans there.
They sang and rapped all the major hits, including Tonight, Hands Up, Lies and Feeling. Their rendition of Bad Boy was especially fun as they switched between electro and unplugged sounds throughout.
G-Dragon, ever charismatic, teased his bandmates throughout the show, even providing them good "service". He made the girls swoon when he wiped the sweat off Seungri's face, and did it again when he suddenly grabbed a bottle of cold water and poured it over a very sweaty Daesung.
Taeyang, meanwhile, made everyone laugh when he did a fun beatbox segment about eating "chilli crab and pepper crab at Nando's". The fans hardly minded that it made no sense, given that Nando's is a chain of restaurants serving grilled chicken.
Diehard fans told Life! that compared with other shows, BigBang appeared "very relaxed" this time around, as the members had "more casual interactions" with one another, and with the audience.
Said Kuala Lumpur native and auditor Sarah Yip, 29, who drove to Singapore along with nine Malaysian fans to attend the show: "Maybe it's the outdoor setting and the heat, but they looked like they really had more fun than usual and were always teasing the audience.
"I've seen them perform live around Asia at least 10 times, but this was one of the most laidback and relaxed shows."